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American Idol Judge Harry Connick JrAnd the American Idol shake-up buzz continues…

Standards crooner Harry Connick Jr. has been approached about joining the Fox competition series as a judge next season, E! News reports.

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“The [producers] kinda wanted to know if I would be interested in it,” Connick told the cable program after performing on Idol‘s results show Thursday. “It’s a fun show. It’s been talked about before, [so] who knows what’ll happen in the future… What I’ve done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I’ve had a great time.”

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Will Ferrell‘s upcoming IFC miniseries The Spoils Of Babylon is rounding out its cast. Big-screen star Tobey Maguire, SNL vet Kristen Wiig and Sixth Sense spookster Haley Joel Osment have joined the project, per Deadline. Babylon is based on the fictional best-selling novel by author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), which chronicles the dramatic lives of the wealthy Morehouse family.

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• Bethenny Frankel’s syndicated talk show Bethenny will officially launch on Sept. 9.

• A&E has given the green light to Modern Dads, an eight-episode docu-series following four stay-at-home fathers in Austin, Texas.

• Cougar Town writer Blake McCormick will replace Ric Swartzlander as showrunner of the TBS comedy in its fifth season, per Deadline.

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