Bones Back @ Its Best; Castle Not so Much

Bones (FOX), just showed its second new episode of their 10th season; the premiere episode was well worth waiting for.

Castle (ABC), in its 7th season was flat, lifeless and hard to track. At the end of season 6, right when Kate and Castle were about to be married, Kate got called to a fiery crash which turned out to be Castle’s car. An excellent end-of-season cliff hanger.

The premiere of season 7 picks up right where season 6 left off, with Castle not being in the car (which is what I expected). Castle is missing through the entire episode which spans months. By the end of the episode, he’s found afloat in a boat from a pier owned by a Henry Jenkins (played by Matt Letscher) who turns out to be an imposter.

Matt Letscher told TVLine that while they were filming, everyone “played both sides of the fence” with him “because they wanted to leave themselves some options.” He added that Henry Jenkins is much more cunning compared to his Billy Chambers character in “Scandal” (who cares).

Bones hasn’t had many character eliminations. Zac Addy (played by Eric Millegan) was there from the beginning through season 4. Ryan Cartwright who played Vincent Nigel-Murray was one of several rotating “squinterns” who replaced Zac Addy. He was killed in Season 6, Episode 22 and his murder was the catalyst which brought Booth and Brennan together.

SPOILER ALERT!

John Francis Daley (Sweets) © FOX Network.

John Francis Daley (Sweets) © FOX Network.

In the episodic premiere of the tenth season of Bones, Sweets (played by John Francis Daley) is murdered. The second episode solves his murder and the rest of the team says good-bye.

Also in the first episode, a new cast member is introduced. Agent Aubrey (John Boyd) who you may recognize if you watched “24.”

That’s all I intend to say about Bones and Castle. I hope what I have written encourages you to tune-in to these hour long dramas.

Castle is on ABC on Monday nights at 9pm CST.

Bones is on FOX on Thursday nights at 7pm CST.

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Canceled – But Rated High? Shows Returning in June.

From The Wrap

From The Wrap

How is that possible? Well it happens all the time, especially in that golden 18-49 demographic. Here is a chart of the 20 highest rated but canceled broadcast shows of 2013-2014 in that magic 18-49 demographic.

Robin Williams return to the small screen brought some bittersweet ratings. His show Crazy Ones was number 1 on the list with a 2.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, but it was still canceled.

It tied with FOX’s Almost Human which took up space on my DVR and I never watched a single episode. I usually watch anything with Karl Urban in it. Oh well.

But that 18-49 demo isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. For example, FOX’s Bones‘ runs around a 2.4 but it’s an enduring show that has proven its value to the network.

The Mentalist on CBS is another show earning a 2.0 but it also survived the cut. So it’s easy to say that numbers aren’t the only thing taken into consideration when shows are on the chopping block.

Here’s a list of what’s returning this month (June):

Longmire (Season 3) — A&E (June 2)

Mistresses (Season 2) — ABC (June 2)

Major Crimes (Season 3) — TNT (June 9)

Royal Pains (Season 6) — USA Network (June 10)

Graceland (Season 2) — USA Network (June 11)

Suits (Season 4) — USA Network  (June 11)

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (Season 2)  — CMT (June 14)

Perception (Season 3) — TNT (June 17)

Rizzoli & Isles (Season 5) — TNT (June 17)

Rookie Blue (Season 5) — ABC (June 19)

Defiance (Season 2) — Syfy (June 19)

Wipeout (Season 7) — ABC (June 22)

True Blood (Season 7; final season) — HBO (June 22)

Falling Skies (Season 4) — TNT (June 22)

Teen Wolf (Season 4) — MTV (June 23)

Covert Affairs (Season 5) — USA Network (June 24)

Big Brother (Season 16) — CBS (June 25)

Unforgettable (Season 3) — CBS (June 29)

Last Tango in Halifax (Season 2) — PBS (June 29)

Under the Dome (Season 2) — CBS  (June 30)

Some canceled shows I know of include Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Mind Games (ABC) and Greg Kinnear’s Rake (FOX) which seemed to end before it even began.

“Reality” Turns into Suicide for these Contestants

It’s called a “reality” show for a reason. Wikipedia defines “reality” as the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.

Dr. Bethany Marshall who appeared on the Good Morning America show when they were discussing the death of Paula Goodspeed said, “Here’s the problem with these kinds of shows. If you have a personality disordered, fragile, vulnerable contestant who is very sensitive to criticism, and you put the image of them being criticized on YouTube… plastered in front of millions of people – they’re not Teflon-coated. They cannot handle it.”

Paula Goodspeed aka Sandra May McIntyre

Paula Goodspeed Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Paula Goodspeed Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Paula Goodspeed, who auditioned for American Idol but didn’t make it, killed herself in front of Paula Abdul’s house on November 11, 2008.

Some say it was a suicide. Some say it was an accident.

Born Sandra May McIntyre on July 4, 1978, of all the “Reality” contestant deaths, this, by far is the saddest. Sandra idolized singer/dancer Paula Abdul. So much so she changed her name to “Paula” when she was 16. When she was in her 20s, she took her grandparents’ last name, Goodspeed.

She did some modeling, took singing lessons and did everything she could to get to an American Idol tryout. And finally, there she was, in front of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and her own “Idol” Paula Abdul.

But her tryout did not go well. Simon Cowell ridiculed her for the braces on her teeth and even questioned, “I don’t think any artist on earth could sing with that much metal in your mouth… that’s like a bridge.”

That statement just proves that the man is an idiot. I’m sure he’s encountered singers with braces before. But this is his persona.

Millions of viewers saw Cowell mock Goodspeed’s braces. After the footage aired, she wrote on her MySpace blog that she was finding it hard to cope with the “haters” who mocked her.

Sandra McIntyre aka Paula Goodspeed is just one of the reality show suicides.

Danny Bonaduce

I’m not saying it started with Danny Bonaduce slashing his wrists during his train wreck VH1 show in September of 2005, but it could have. Then again it could have just been him living for the drama.

In an attempt to stop his wife from leaving him, he did allow the cameras to roll during his efforts to beat alcohol and drug abuse. He just had no idea he’d go so far as to attempt suicide on the show, or so he says.

On this particular episode, the TV star breaks down in tears, confesses he’s completely lost all control of his life and then slashes both of his wrists with a disposable razor.

His wife replied, “that’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I want a divorce.”

To which Bonaduce replied, “I can’t live without you” and cut his wrists.

The police were called, he was taken into custody and detained in a psychiatric ward for 24 hours.

Najai “Nitro” Turpin

Najai "Nitro" Turpin

Najai “Nitro” Turpin

Najai “Nitro” Turpin, 23, is actually listed as the first American reality show contestant to take his own life. He was a contestant on NBC’s boxing competition show The Contender.

Turpin committed suicide on February 14, 2005 while sitting in a car. He was with his girlfriend and his 2-year old daughter. His motive was unclear. He had low self-esteem, he was defeated on the show and he was in an ongoing custody battle for his daughter. The Contender was produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone.

Several experts whose job it was to analyze all of the contestants prior to going on the show say Turpin should not have been included as a contestant. So was he thrown in the lineup in the hopes of making it a better show?

Rachel Brown

The second season of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen aired on June 12, 2006 and concluded on August 14, 2006. Rachel Brown, 39, from Dallas, Texas was a personal chef and contestant of Hell’s Kitchen. Brown was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in her family home in May of 2007.

While on Hell’s Kitchen, Brown had a romance with a fellow female contestant, which the show’s producers made a prominent part of the program.

Joseph Cerniglia

Two years after he appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Joseph Cerniglia jumped to his death off the Washington Bridge (Sept. 2010). He apparently told one of his friends that he was in financial trouble and that the debt of his restaurant was overwhelming.

Kitchen Nightmares is a reality show in which Ramsay attempts to help struggling restaurant owners turn their businesses around.

The former president of the American Academy of Suicidology stated it’s unlikely these shows drive either Brown or Cerniglia to suicide. Speaking to CBS News, he said, “My guess is that both of these people had major problems before appearing on the show,” said Dr. Robert Yufit. “I would almost bet that the show itself should not be held responsible. I would say that the show might have tripped off something else that was going on in their lives.”

The American Association of Suicidology is a membership organization that is committed to reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts.

Julien Hug

Julien Hug, the onetime Bachelorette contestant and the only son of Bertrand and Denise Hug felt suicide was the only way out. On November 5, 2010, they decided to address the media only after being devastated by comments they saw from sources outside the family. The Hugs stated their son was outgoing, but was an extremely private person who internalized everything.

Authorities said several notes were found on the passenger side of Hug’s jeep, but the details of the notes were not initially released.

His live-in girlfriend of two years described Julien as misunderstood. “People wanted him to be this ‘Bachelorette’ star.” Hug was the second bachelor eliminated in Season 5 of the ABC romance reality show, which aired in 2009 and featured Jillian Harris as “The Bachelorette.”

Russell Armstrong

Taylor & Russell Armstrong. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for One Voice

Taylor & Russell Armstrong. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for One Voice

Russell Armstrong, estranged husband to Taylor Armstrong, was not only living under a cloud of financial problems, he was also in the spotlight of the reality show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“It got really overwhelming,” Russell told People Magazine just weeks before his death. He said to a photographer from the show, “It’s funny how a reality show can ruin your entire life.”

Russell was found dead on August 16, 2011. A roommate found Russell and called 911. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive by the Los Angeles City Fire Department at 8:16pm. A suicide note was not found.

Taylor filed for divorce, claiming that Russell physically abused her. The divorce petition filed in a downtown Los Angeles Superior Court made no mention of abuse or domestic violence.

Russell was 47. (BTW, almost every picture I could find of Taylor Armstrong has her smiling that way.)

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden, 28, a contestant on TLC’s Next Great Baker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 21, 2011 after the show had wrapped in October. The show announced his death after his elimination show aired. Durden was an Iraq War veteran, was a cook with the 82nd Airborne Division and had been deployed to Iraq twice. He had a wife and two young children.

Joey Kovar

Joey Kovar starred in MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood in August 2012. He was 29 and had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse on and off camera. He had also appeared on Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Kovar’s death was ruled as “opiate intoxication” and ruled an accident but his friends claim he had been sending suicidal text messages leading up to his death.

Gia Allemand

Bachelor star Gia Allemand died on August 14, 2013 at the age of 29. She was a contestant on Season 14 of The Bachelor. Her NBA player boyfriend Ryan Anderson found her hanging and unconscious in her New Orleans home. She was put on life support but later was removed and died the following day after suffering “critical loss of brain and organ function.”

Mindy McCready

After a very public struggle with drugs and alcohol on the television show Celebrity Rehab, Mindy McCready was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February 19, 2013. She was the fifth Celebrity Rehab cast member to die in two years.

Just a month earlier, her boyfriend had committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It appears that she shot and killed a dog that belonged to her late boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, before shooting herself.

Mindy left behind two sons, a 6-year-old and a 10-month old. Well at least she didn’t kill her children, and then herself.

Cheryl Kosewicz

Cheryl Kosewicz was a deputy district attorney from Nevada. She had specialized in the prosecution of sexual abuse cases.

Pirate Master was another Mark Burnett-created reality competition show that was filmed on Dominica. CBS pulled it due to poor ratings. Cheryl Kosewicz had been the fourth contestant eliminated from the CBS reality show.

Kosewicz, whose boyfriend killed himself two months before her death on January 27, 2007 had posted comments on MySpace that she was having a very difficult time copying with her boyfriend’s death. She also blamed the series for the events leading up to her death.

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo would show up now and then on A&E’s Storage Wars with a man purse and a lot of money.

He died in February of 2013, the victim of what the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said was “asphyxiation from carbon monoxide and exhaust fumes.” His body was discovered in a car parked in a garage at his Simi Valley auction house, days after he was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession.

Nathan Clutter

Nathan Clutter

Nathan Clutter

Originally Paradise Hotel (FOX) covered Nathan Clutter’s October 12, 2007 death by saying he had died in a fall in a climbing accident but it was later revealed that he actually died in an apparent suicide.

Video surveillance footage showed he draped a sweater over a barbed-wire fence that surrounded an Alltel cellular telephone tower in Amarillo, TX early in the morning on Oct. 12, 2007. Nathan Clutter then scaled the fence, climbed the tower and jumped to his death. He was 26.

No suicide note was found. His family believed Clutter was suffering from bi-polar/manic depressant behavior, however he had never been diagnosed as such.

James Scott Terrill

Terrill was a single dad from Georgetown, Ky., that appeared on the ABC reality show Supernanny in January of 2008. He went on the show seeking help in managing his two sons after their mother had abandoned them. But once the cameras left, Terrill was still struggling with being a single parent.

On July 4, 2008 he called Georgetown police from the cemetery where his father was buried, threatening suicide. Police remained on the phone with him for nearly an hour but in the end, the 37-year old father of two took his own life.

The Following Finale is Monday + More Series Finales

If you have episodes for The Following backed up on your DVR, then it’s a good idea to get caught up this weekend on plots so when the finale airs Monday night you won’t be shocked (or spoiled).

Myself, I watched three episodes last week, two on Sunday and then the current one on Monday and walked around at work semi-dazed Tuesday morning. Almost everyone took one look at me and said “watched The Following last night huh?” Yes, it’s that intense.

What really shocked me is that my sister came to visit me at work last week and she said to me “so do you watch The Following? I can even sit down when I watch it!” Now my sister doesn’t like anything even mildly scary and she’s really into this show (It could just be Kevin Bacon). Same with my friend at work, her mom’s into this show. Same with my neighbor across the street. She came over on Wednesday and asked if I still had Monday’s episode on my DVR, her husband accidentally deleted it and she was about to kill him – could she watch mine and would I make her some coffee.

Tonight when I signed into my email account, Kevin Bacon was on WhoSay answering Twitter questions from fans about The Following. Each one was individually recorded and everything. He would take his glasses off , repeat the question, answer it. It was really cool. When my sister comes over this weekend I’m going to show her that and I bet she sits down for it. What … you don’t know about WhoSay? Well Google it  and find out.

Other finales for some series I watch include:

Castle (ABC) – Monday, May 13

NCIS (CBS) – Tuesday, May 14

CSI (CBS) – Wednesday, May 15

Elementary – Thursday, May 16

Criminal Minds (CBS) – Wednesday, May 22

Body of Proof (ABC) – Tuesday, May 28

The Following’s Poe Obsession? or just something else being discussed by The Talking Heads.

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) discovers the cult house in Episode 2 of The Following. © 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Sarah Shatz/FOX

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) discovers the cult house in Episode 2 of The Following. © 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Sarah Shatz/FOX

Last nights episode of The Following was an excellent follow-up to the premiere. It’s a good sign when the second installment of a series leaves you begging for more instead of a) leaving you flat or b) asking yourself “now was that episode 3 or 4?”

The Following is one of those shows where a commercial comes along, you look at the clock and you think it’s half over and only 15 minutes have gone by and realize you’ve been sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time. Yes, it’s getting that good and will be getting better.

I signed into my imdbpro.com account this morning to check the credentials of some of the actors of The Following and of course the talking heads are “talking.” People take television so seriously. In the “News” feed, Vulture.com interviewed this English professor about the hard-on Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) has for Edgar Allan Poe in the series (see the link below).

Personally, she should be asking that question of the writer(s) and creator of The Following, not an English professor who knows about Poe. Especially when the English professor says that the most accurate TV/film adaptation of Poe in recent years has been The Simpsons (well at least it’s still in the “Fox” family).

I wonder how much Gwynne Watkins knows about Edgar Allan Poe? Well she seems to be very well educated and well written. However her Twitter biography includes two words that says it all – professional overthinker. Ah ha, there lies the problem. It’s television people, we’re not teaching an online class, we’re trying to entertain people.

So it’s up to you if you want to read Gwynne’s column or … not. My advice is to set your DVR and not miss any more episodes of The Following. If you have missed any, you can go here: http://www.fox.com/full-episodes/ and catch up.

What’s With The Following’s Poe Obsession? — Vulture.

Kevin Bacon helps make ‘The Following’ worth following

Review: Kevin Bacon helps make ‘The Following’ worth following – latimes.com.

The cast from "The Following" © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

The cast from “The Following” © 2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

The Following premiered on Monday and tied CBS’ Elementary as the second-highest rated new drama premiere of the season.

AHS: Asylum on FX had its season finale on Wednesday, which was somewhat disappointing, but definitely not unexpected (the three episodes prior to the finale were some of the best). Now that AHS is over, you can concentrate all your brain power on watching The Following.

The review above (click the link) is exceptional, written by Mary McNamara, Television Critic, from the Los Angeles Times. You might need some brain power to read it, because she isn’t one of those entertainment magazine reporters who write a bunch of fluff riddled with typographical errors.

I watched The Following and I loved it. Seeing Kevin Bacon on the small screen was worth tuning in and the supporting cast is exceptional.

Click on the link, read the review and tune in next Monday to watch The Following. Also, don’t forget to set your DVR.

Returning Series

Have you been wondering if your favorite TV series is returning? Well thanks to our friends at Channel Guide Magazine, here’s the latest list of returning series:

Name of Series, Name of Network, Date

Anger Management, FX, Jan. 17

Archer, FX, Jan. 17

American Idol, FOX, Jan. 16

Anger Management, FX, Jan. 17

Archer, FX, Jan. 17

The Bachelor, ABC, Jan. 7

Being Human, Syfy, Jan. 14

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC, Jan. 8

The Biggest Loser, NBC, Jan. 6

Body of Proof, ABC, Feb. 5

Celebrity Apprentice, NBC, March 3

Community, NBC, Feb. 7

Cougar Town, TBS, Jan. 8

Dallas, TNT, Jan. 28

Dancing With the Stars, ABC, March 18

Dancing With the Stars Results Show, ABC, March 26

Deadly Sins, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 12

Downton Abbey, PBS, Jan. 6

Enlightened, HBO, Jan. 13

Fringe, FOX, Jan. 18 (series finale)

Ghost Hunters, Syfy, Jan. 16

Girls, HBO, Jan. 13

Grimm, NBC, March 8

Justified, FX, Jan. 8

The Lying Game, ABC Family, Jan. 8

The Millionaire Matchmaker, Bravo, Jan. 10

Necessary Roughness,  USA Network, Jan. 23

Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, Jan. 8

Revolution, NBC, March 25

Scorned: Love Kills, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 26

Shameless, Showtime, Jan. 13

Smash, NBC, Feb. 5

Southland, TNT, Feb. 13

Spartacus: War of the Damned, Starz, Jan. 25

Suburgatory, ABC, April 3

Suits, USA Network, Jan. 17

Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, FX, Jan. 17

Touch, FOX, Feb. 8

True Crime With Aphrodite Jones, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 7

The Voice, NBC, March 25

White Collar, USA Network, Jan. 22

Week of Dec. 1-7: ‘The X Factor’ vs. ‘The Voice’

Week of Dec. 1-7: ‘The X Factor’ vs. ‘The Voice’ – Data Desk – Los Angeles Times.

Here’s a FUN “cast your vote” X Factor vs. The Voice contest you can lend your expertise to. It comes courtesy of the Data Desk of the Los Angeles Times, no sloucher indeed.

Click on the link above. Then, roll over the photos below and watch the performances for each of the contestants (what kind of name is “Cowell & Lovato argue over Emblem 3”). Then explain your vote in the comments section and you could end up featured.

I know some of you will be “The Voice” fans and some of you might have found this by googling X Factor and be X Factor fans, but there is no real winner unless we all play fair, so don’t be catty or bitchy (okay, you can be a little bitchy, but no hair pulling).

Bones – Running for President?

Bones has been on for eight seasons. For at least six of those seasons, fans have done all but beg FOX to allow the relationship between Dr. Temperance Brennan and Special Agent Seeley Booth to bloom into a personal one.

Sometime during the sixth season, that’s exactly what happened: no big build-up, no advance warning, no publicity. I’m sure that Bones’ fans just sat there watching Season 6, Episode 22 and when it happened, their jaws dropped – just like mine.

And when Season 6 ended with Bones announcing to Seeley and the world that she was pregnant with his child, those fans stood up and cheered, just like I did.

Now in Season 8 with Bones and Seely living together raising their baby girl, it seemed natural for Bones to decide in Monday’s episode (Season 8, Episode 4) that she would make a good President. As she made her list of pros and cons, I was  excited about getting out the Vote! Yeah! Vote Bones for President!

Bones is one of those quality television programs that has changed and grown over 8 seasons. It has had minimal cast changes; the most dramatic being in Season 3 when Eric Millegan (Dr. Zack Addy) is revealed to be the apprentice to the cannibalistic serial killer known as The Gormogon.

Bones past seasons is available on DVD, Blu-ray and on Netflix, both streaming and  DVD through the mail. A quick way to get caught up to this season would be to start with Season 6.

It airs Monday nights at 8/7pm on FOX.

The Other Battle Rounds – American Idol

But the real “battle rounds” seem to be going on over at FOX with the American Idol judges. If you haven’t been paying attention, and it’s hard not to, Nicki Minaj has threatened to shoot Mariah Carey. On Friday I listened to some of the recorded cat fight between the two and I think Nicki Minaj was channeling a long-dead sailor, if I was deciphering the swear words correctly through the beep, bleep bleep, beep, bleeeeeeeeppppp.

What I found strange is the number of cameras recording this “cat fight” leading me to believe that this entire situation has been scripted.

From the Guardian Express Newspaper … “But no matter how it might appear producers are not happy about the disruption, you better believe that secretly they’re hoping it continues to get increasingly dramatic. Why? Because drama sells, period. A spokeswoman for FOX and Idol declined to comment on the reported dust-up between the two stars, but another source — close to fellow judge Keith Urban — said the country music mainstay was particularly unhappy about the tension. “Keith is such a wonderful, easygoing, lovely guy,” said the source. “This kind of drama was not the reason he signed on to be an Idol judge. … He hates nastiness in any form.”

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday (10/3) on his radio show that he loves the bickering. “Idol needs some passionate debate. It did get intense. We want that. … The feedback that they give is very good.”

Kelsea Stahler of Hollywood.com Staff wrote on Friday, Oct. 5 … the series (Idol) is dangerously close to losing what’s left of its identitly. “If this nonsense between the two diva judges continues, Idol may steer into becoming a documentary-style reality show parading as a talent competition – a fate it’s been teetering on since Season 9 when the celebrity judge trend had its first shaky start.”

In the video you can hear Minaj verbally jab at Carey “… if you say one more disrespectful thing to me – off with your head!” while Carey simply asked “Why?” and compares Minaj to a young child.

Barbara Walters revealed on The View that Mariah Carey shared some of the fight with her backstage including that multiple people heard Nicki say “If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch,” said Walters.

Nicki Minaj is on your left (with the cotton candy looking hair) and Mariah Carey is on the right. This picture was taken approximately 4-5 days ago.

So American Idol has produced some stars, and some who never won but went on to stardom – such as Jennifer Hudson, who came in 7th in the third season and then went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, an NAACP Image Award and a SAG Award.

I don’t think there’s a current American Idol winner with those credentials.

Which is why I watch The Voice.