TVLine Items: Oprah's Boffo Finale Ratings, J.Lo's Idol Future, and Other TV News to Know
The Oprah Winfrey Show‘s series finale posted a 13.3 household rating, the talker’s highest number since a February 1994 installment titled “People Shed Their Disguises.” TVByTheNumbers offers this perspective on the tally: For the week ending May 15, Oprah averaged a 5.4 household rating (and drew 7.35 million viewers). They estimate the total finale audience at 17 to 18 million viewers.
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• Jennifer Lopez certainly rocked American Idol this season as one of two new mega-judges, but will she return next year? “It’s too early to tell,” the multi-hyphenate told the New York Post Wednesday night after the finale. Rumor has it J.Lo is currently in talks to renew her pact, which would ostensibly reunite her with Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson for Season 11.
• Speaking of Idol judges: Kara DioGuardi, whose Platinum Hit reality series premieres on Bravo May 30, has a new docu-series in development with the cabler. Titled KARA, the “high-energy” show will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of DioGuardi’s life in the music and television biz.
• Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Alexandra Breckenridge (Life Unexpected) have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s buzzy FX pilot, American Horror Story, as — get this — the same character. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the actresses will play a housekeeper, albeit at different stages in her life, who haunts the residence at the cold, black heart of the drama.
• Remember when Entourage creator Doug Ellin announced plans to get Charlie Sheen on the HBO comedy’s final season? Well, it’s a done deal — meaning he’s done trying to secure a deal for the embattled star. “I never heard back. Looks like it will not be happening,” Ellin tells EW.com.
• Now speaking of Entourage: Beverly D’Angelo will appear on the new NBC sitcom Whitney this fall…and not so much again after that. EW.com reports that NBC decided not to pick up her option to be a series regular on the Whitney Cummings vehicle, though she’ll be remain a guest star in the pilot, playing Whit’s mom.
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