TVLine Items: Rihanna Nixes X Factor Gig, Glee Covers 'Friday,' and Other TV News to Know
Rest assured, Rihanna will not be judging Fox’s X Factor.
The R&B songstress told Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday that she was in talks to join Simon Cowell‘s latest reality-TV venture, but ultimately the timing just wasn’t right. “It’s something that I would have loved to do,” she explained. “But … you have to be around months at a time, which is impossible for me.”
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• Rebecca Black has just received the ultimate compliment: The Glee guys are covering the YouTube sensation’s “Friday.” Specifically, Kevin McHale, Chord Overstreet and Mark Salling will perform Black’s accidental-single in an upcoming episode, Vulture reports.
• Science Channel has renewed Ricky Gervais‘ An Idiot Abroad travel extravaganza for a second season. This time around, Gervais & Co. will send aloof Karl Pilkington on a journey to fulfill his “bucket list.”
• Nickelodeon’s hit series iCarly, starring 17-year-old Miranda Cosgrove, has been picked up for a fifth season. Production on Season 4 is set to begin in May, with Season 5 slated to air sometime in 2012.
• Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Doris Roberts tells EW.com she’ll return to ABC’s The Middle as young Brick’s teacher on May 25. It’s been a busy couple of months for the veteran funnylady, who is due to also pop-up on Grey’s Anatomy and Hot in Cleveland this spring.
• OWN has renewed four of its existing series: Ask Oprah’s All Stars; Enough Already! With Peter Walsh; In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman; Oprah Presents Master Class. Additionally, OWN picked up six new series: Confronting… (which follows victims and offenders in mediation together); I Owe You My Life (about real-life heroes); Louie Spence Dance Project (a look at the life of the choreographer); My Mom And Me (which examines the titular dynamic); Sweetie Pies (former singer Robbie Montgomery starts a new venture); and Unfaithful: Stories Of Betrayal, which shares tales of couples and infidelity.
• In honor of The Paul Reiser Show premiering this Thursday, legendary Los Angeles deli Nate ‘n Al’s is serving up “The Paul RYEser Sandwich.” Take a peek at the fun here before checking out the NBC series tonight at 8:30/7:30c.
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