TVLine Items: More Idol Changes Ahead, And Other TV News To Know

Believe it or not, glam goddess Jennifer Lopez is one of the smaller changes on American Idol‘s tweaked 10th season.

No, really. J.Lo is big, but Fox’s musical megahit has undergone a facelift so severe, our beloved Idol is almost unrecognizable. Here’s what we’ve read about that, and some other TV news stories that are out there.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are eight big changes afoot over on Idol, including a new set, an online voting system (finally!) and an Idol mansion.

Also new to the series will be quicker eliminations early in the season (no more Top 25), theme weeks customized to each contestant, original songs, faster music releases to the general public, and potential music videos (though, if they’re anything like those cheesy Ford promo videos, we politely say: No, thanks!).

Want more TV news? Here’s a few other stories that we came across during our web surfing:

• Fresh off his Seinfeld reunion stint on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jason Alexander will drop by TNT’s new legal series Franklin & Bash as a Bernie Madoff kinda guy, reports TV Guide.

• Per EW.com, onetime TLC special Extreme Couponing has been given 12-episode series order. For the frugal folk in us all.

• Brooke Penelope Davis is finally getting hitched, but first there’s the matter of the bachelorette party — One Tree Hill-style. Take a peek at the fun, courtesy of Zap2it.

TV Guide Magazine is reporting that Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel, Blood & Chrome, has begun casting. Get excited!

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