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TV FAB: Jennifer Lopez Is New "American Idol" Judge + Tracee Ellis Ross Gets A New Sitcom

Fox wasted no time finding a replacement for Ellen on American Idol.  It's been announced that Miss Jennifer Lopez will be taking the comedienne's spot for next season.  The deets on this plus Tracee Ellis Ross' new sitcom on BET when you read the rest...

Jennifer took the deal as 'American Idol' judge to replace Ellen shortly after parting with Sony Records.  It is also reported that while Steven Tyler has been offered a spot as a judge, former judge Kara DioGuardi has been let go.

Let's see if this change in line up will bring in higher ratings for show.

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BET has reportedly recruited 'Girlfriends' star Tracee Ellis Ross to produce and star in a new comedy pilot called "Reed Between The Lines."

Tracee will play Dr. Clara Reed, a psychiatrist, wife and mom struggling with her job and a happy but chaotic homelife.

Production starts August 11th.

With this show, "The Game" and another scripted show produced by Queen Latifah called "Let's Stay Together," BET might actually have some quality television on its hands. 

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I will be watching Tracy. LUV

I will be watching Tracy. LUV HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I ABSOLUTELY love Tracee

I ABSOLUTELY love Tracee Ellis Ross!!!! There NEEDS to be a Girlfriends movie or season finale special or somethin! I NEED CLOSURE!!!!!
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please spare us. JLo is a

please spare us. JLo is a shower singer. What does she know about music? She should only sing in the shower and NO WHERE else. American Idol is DONE.
Anonymous's picture

agreed!

agreed!
beyonceaddict's picture

Ellen can't sing and JL can't

Ellen can't sing and JL can't sing, so why put none singing people on a singing show. Alllll-Right
WAK's picture

JLO is fabulosity!!!!! Just

JLO is fabulosity!!!!! Just watched Selena for the umpteenth time. this time I had to do it for a family therapy class. She really did play the role of Selena with excellence.
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BUT GUESS WHAT? "THEY" DON'T

BUT GUESS WHAT? "THEY" DON'T CARE.... THEY GOT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF OF US THE "PEOPLE" BECAUSE WE WANTED TO BELIEVE IT WAS REAL....WE WANTED TO BELIEVE THAT ANYONE COULD AUDITION AND WIN... BUT IF YOU NOTICED THE RULES THEIR WAS AN AGE LIMIT...... HMMMMMM INTERESTING
notunderstandingthis's picture

oops sorry a few typos "buy

oops sorry a few typos "buy their music" genres have been filled now...... do your own thing and stop watching so much of the IDIOT BOX people will appreciate you and your talents more..
notunderstandingthis's picture

AI is the 21st century

AI is the 21st century version of star search.... it is set up to introduce new artist that the "industry" has chosen for us the public to like and by their music... the sad part is that this time it won't work...... people want quality music.... this is the beginning of the end for AI... they are changing and firing judges left and right now because its over .... all the seasons of lies having people spend their money trying to audition for something that is not real that is rigged all those people hopes and dreams stomped on because this "company" had this set up for their gain not the gain of a real regular american idol but people that fit their formula..... sorry guys truth is what it is if you noticed all the genres in music have been field now..... game over
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Wow this was just great news

Wow this was just great news all around (for me anyway) I will definitely be watching A.I. next season, haven't watched it in years b/c I was bored with it, but I think the new change is cast will refresh the show and bring in more viewers...well hopefully. And as far as BET is concerned I am soooooo excited about these new shows!! Hardly ever watch BET nowadays b/c of the direction it went from the 90s to now but these new shows seem like they will draw in the viewers who miss the old BET...as long as the shows are good....let's not forget about that "Somebodies" show......yeah lol, but like I said I'm really looking forward to all these changes. BTW wasn't there a rumor that Diddy wanted to be on A.I. too? If so he and J. Lo judging together would be very interesting...
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"If so he and J. Lo judging

"If so he and J. Lo judging together would be very interesting..." LMAO...Marc Anthony would neeevvverr allow that. You know he would be in a state of total apoplexy, but it suuuurre would make great tv. j.lo: I think that was a little pitchy Ma. Maybe next time. Puff: Yeah it was pitchy, but she's a banger. *looks to jlo* don't act like you don't know
Anonymous's picture

I won't be watching if jlo is

I won't be watching if jlo is a judge..she sucks can't sing she knows nothing about music her vocals are bad sound like a dying cat.
pebbles1966's picture

AI ti played. Who watches

AI ti played. Who watches this bs anyway. JLO, well she can't be any worse than Paula. I mean she can't sing either. Now if this was a dance show maybe but I think we all know AI doesn't pick their judges based on "their singing ability" therefore she should be a good fit lol
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Love beautiful Tracee.

Love beautiful Tracee.
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yes i like the idea, i think

yes i like the idea, i think they made a good pick, go j-lo
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J.Lo?!.... ok next....I'm so

J.Lo?!.... ok next....I'm so happy Tracy is back on my tv screen! I wish it was a new season of girlfriends though including Toni...But I'm happy she's back! Congrats girl
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Sick of JLO--Go take care of

Sick of JLO--Go take care of them Kids of yours! Tracee Ross is NOT Aging Well.
Anonymous 's picture

...she's an entertainer...how

...she's an entertainer...how else is she supposed to get money to 'take care of them kids'?
Maine's picture

AI might as well pull the

AI might as well pull the plug...
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I didn't know that JLo was

I didn't know that JLo was "BLACK." The only reason I come to this site is to catch up on the black news that t m z missed. If you are gonna gossip about all races then change the name. geesh.
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Really?...that's your beef???

Really?...that's your beef??? ok...
Maine's picture

Last time I checked Natasha

Last time I checked Natasha was a grown ass women, with grown ass opinions and her own grown ass site. She can do what she want when she feel like on her OWN site. Maybe you should look over articles that aren't about black folks...you got that option. RUN NAT!
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Good choice! I like Ellen and

Good choice! I like Ellen and all but never understood how a show that was supposed to be all about singing had a comedian for a judge. That cheapened it. I haven't watched American Idol the last few seasons but I may tune in to see how J-Lo does, especially if she stays true to the Bish we know she can be and is very honest, direct and to the point. None of that mushy Paula Abdul stuff! J-Lo could take Simon's place!!
Twilightey's picture

Both JLO and American Idol

Both JLO and American Idol must be desperate. Let me break this down. If JLo is signing up for American Idol for the next season, it must mean that she has NOTHING on her plate. Certainly no movie. Let's think about this for a second. American Idol's schedule is pretty tight. They visit the cities for a good long time and then the show is LIVE. She must feel like she is back on LIVING COLOR. They probably are only paying her $2-3 million. Wouldn't she be able to make twice that with one low budget movie? Poor Thing. As to American Idol, they must be desperate. How else can you explain someone who cannot sing, judging other people on their singing abilities? Even they must realize that's silly.
zappy's picture

If anybody believes that JLo

If anybody believes that JLo is getting between $8-33 million, then they are on the same stuff DMX and Foxy Brown is on. One of the main reasons they let Paula go was because she wanted more money. She made $8 million because she had been on the show for years and the producers thought that was enough. Simon received the salary that he did because he helped to create the show. Jlo is smart? Where then are the movies, the albums? This is the same "smart woman" who is now being sued for agreeing to a concert in a controversial country without first checking out its status. Listen Jlo was a fad, who came and went like fads do. There is no real talent there, so there was nothing tyo hold on to. My point about the $2-3 million is that this woman was making closer to $6-8 million per movies (make an average of 2 movies a year at least) and taking the judge position would tie her time up so she wouldn't be able to much else. I stand by my story. Both American Idol and Jlo must be desperate to go in this direction.
zappy's picture

...ok "only $2-3 million"?

...ok "only $2-3 million"? How rich are you that 2-3 million isn't a lot? Of course that may not be a lot to J. Lo but even so that comment was ridiculous. I'm sure she'll be paid more than that, but even if she isn't this is more than likely a big P.R. move on her part. A.I. is HUGE and for her to be a judge on that show keeps her name in the press EVERY SINGLE WEEK...which will eventually lead to other roles that could pay ten times as much as whatever she would make on A.I. Besides all she has to do is pick contestants, listen to their performances, and (help) pick a winner.......seems like the easiest $2-3 million anyone could make.
Maine's picture

If you think American Idol is

If you think American Idol is only paying J. Lo $2-3 million, you must either be crazy or just don't know. Paula Abdul made $8 million a season and Elton John was recently offered $33 million for the season, but turned it down because of touring commitments; Steven Tyler may take it instead. Those judges make money hand over foot and Jennifer Lopez is not stupid, she knows that. Once they're back in LA, she can keep her family in one place. It actually makes perfect sense. Also, Paula Abdul was a judge for several years, and she 'sings' about as well as Jennifer Lopez, so if she can judge others' singing ability, then....
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TOTALLY AGREE. JLO IS

TOTALLY AGREE. JLO IS ACTUALLY A LOGICAL CHOICE. FIRST, IM NOT SURE WHY PEOPLE HATE ON JLO. SHE IS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN FILM, MUSIC AND OTHER VENTURES. NOT EVERYONE CAN BE JULIA ROBERTS AT THE BOX OFFICE. DOESNT MEAN THEY ARENT A SUCCESS (Honestly Gigli wasnt that bad. Had she not been connected with Ben and her life tabloid fodder at the time it wouldnt have been that criticized im sure) NOT EVERYONE CAN BE BEYONCE ON THE CHARTS. DOESNT MEAN ONE IS NOT A SUCCESS. JLO HAS DONE QUITE WELL FOR HERSELF. AND YES, WE ALL WERE PROLLY SINGING 'AINT IT FUNNY' and 'LOVE DONT COST A THING' . LOL NOW, SHE PERFECTLY FITS THE PAULA POSITION. POP STAR WITH SUCCESS ON THE CHARTS. BEEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS LONG ENOUGH TO CRITICIZE STAGE PRESENCE AND SINGING TALENT. MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH ELLEN WAS NO CONNECTION TO MUSIC INDUSTRY. SHE IS IN ENTERTAINMENT, BUT NOT MUSIC. I THINK JLO AND PAULA, FOR THAT MATTER HAVE THAT INSIDE EYE. THEY WENT THRU IT. I AM CURIOUS AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO KARA THO. SHE WAS DECENT. AND OFFERED GOOD CRITICISM MOST OF THE TIME. BUT SHE IS A WRITER, SO ALL SHE IS LOSING IS A FEW DOLLARS AND CAMERA TIME..AND YES SHE I WILL MISS HER BEAUTIFUL BROWN EYES.
Anonymous's picture

You go Tracee, you deserve

You go Tracee, you deserve it! Jennifer Lopez cannot sing, she cannot act, and her dancing is not special. She got where she is by whom she knew, guts and knowing how to perputrate a good snow job. AI is in the toilet for sure now.
Anonymous's picture

...k i agree with the singing

...k i agree with the singing part b/c everybody knows she can't sing lol and the dancing comment I kinda agree with (she's good but I've seen better) but the acting comment is waaaay off. She's actually a very very good actress ( i think that's what she does best) and she has a good acting range too & she's able to be believable in a lot of different roles and not just one specific character.... have you seen any of her movies?? Not trying to be funny just wondering
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Tracee is B-E-A-U-tiful and

Tracee is B-E-A-U-tiful and will make it..J-Lo has fuck her way into Hollywood and has no right judging anyone's singing talent. Bitch Please.....
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Like Paula did have right to

Like Paula did have right to judge singing talent? Lol. She f***ed the Jacksons to get her come up too.
Anonymous's picture

Im gonna keep it real, in her

Im gonna keep it real, in her prime Paula Abdul was probably way more talented than Jenny from the Block. Jennifer has drive, light skin, a big booty and was very fortunate to come around at a time when the rest of the country hadn't been exposed to a Rican chic. She was a novelty. Paula could dance circles around Jennifer, has actually worked as a choreographer and has respect of the people in the business on that end (Her nuttiness on AI kinda detracted from that though). As far as voices go, Paula may not be Patti or Aretha, but she bodies Jlo on that front too.
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lincc's picture

Comedy is ok, but why cant

Comedy is ok, but why cant there more drama shows produced about us.
Anonymous's picture

JLO? Please, as if the

JLO? Please, as if the ratings for this show wasn't already in the crapper. They should have brought Paula Abdul back and called it a day. it's gonna be funny watching this has-been trying to rate someone else's singing skills when she has none herself.
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I could care less about A.I.

I could care less about A.I. I don't think i watched a full show since fanny and jenny were contestants, lol! WOW@ bet for trying to have better programs! i absolutely love the idea of Joan, um Tracee, having a new show. I will watch Tracee's show as well as The Game, of course!!!
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BET will be on a roll with

BET will be on a roll with these shows added to the network. There is still some foolywang here and there but if they can get rid of the rest of that ish, they will be winning! I stopped watching the network a few years back but lately they've had on movies I love like the Best Man and The wood. Keep it up BET and I'm definitely coming back. Can't wait for the Game and these two new shows. Get nightly news and some quality music shows (well first we need to see more quality artist) back on and the network will totally be a whole lot better.
Tiffany's picture

OMG you are COMPLETELY

OMG you are COMPLETELY right!!!! I could not agree more! I really feel like these shows are going to help change the image of the network...then maybe we'll start seeing BET channels in hotels. Have you ever noticed that hotels NEVER have BET as one of the few channels they offer? Hmmm wonder why lol
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Anonymous's picture

AI continues to lose

AI continues to lose credibility. Seriously...JLo? Hell she can't sing. Hoe the hell can she judge someone else singing? Whatever......
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TI GOT MARRIED AT THE COURT

TI GOT MARRIED AT THE COURT HOUSE JUST NOW!!!!
ADNAMAJ's picture

I think JLo and Steven Tyler

I think JLo and Steven Tyler are great additions to American Idol. I will definitely watch a few episodes. Hope Steven brings a little feistyness to the show.
Mabel's picture

So excited and happy for Ms.

So excited and happy for Ms. Ross! Have really missed her as neurotic Joan on "Girlfriends"! Hopefully BET won't find a way to screw this up like they do everything else!
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So excited about TER, I love

So excited about TER, I love her style! I will be watching in spite of it being on BET!
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