Judgment day arrives, finally, for the new 'American Idol' panel

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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Annoucingseason 10 Idol team 2morrw at The Forum. You are going to love the mix!," Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" host and keystroke-saver, tweeted Tuesday morning.

Late last Thursday, Fox acknowledged that the new "Idol" judge's panel was essentially unveilable but said that it would not do any unveiling until a news conference Wednesday morning. By the way, at the same venue, they will be wrapping up the last of the national contestant auditions for the show's next -- and first Simon Cowell-less -- season.

That tryout is being held near Los Angeles, at the Forum, which is the former home of the L.A. Lakers.

Only invited members of the press who agree to wear closed-toed shoes -- not kidding! -- will be able to attend the official "American Idol" New Judge Panel unveiling at 10 a.m. PT. Fox did not elaborate about its no-open-toed-shoes policy; one of The Reporters Who Cover Television speculated closed-toed was regulation because they would be stepping into some deep horseradish at the event.

We continue to suggest concerned parties put money on Jennifer Lopez, who, according to reports, signed a deal for the gig, though it may be just a one-year agreement. That's not normally considered a resounding vote of confidence. On the other hand, Ellen DeGeneres had signed a multi-year deal to be a judge on the singing competition series -- and she was out after just one season.

Also expected to be unmasked as a new judge: aging rock squirt Steven Tyler.

They would be replacing not only Cowell, who left to work on a U.S. version of his Brit hit "X Factor" for Fox, and DeGeneres, who "decided" after one season that she wasn't a good fit, but also Kara DioGuardi, who "decided," on Take Out the Trash Day (the Friday before a holiday weekend -- in this case, Labor Day) that now was the perfect time to return to obscurity.

And, of course, the new judges will be joined by Randy Jackson, who somehow is the only surviving original "Idol" judge.

What's Wolf's intent?

The tenth, eight-episode season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will be its last, USA network and Dick Wolf announced Tuesday.

Or will it?

Vincent D'Onofrio, who played Detective Robert Goren for eight seasons, will be back for the 10th and last season, the two parties said.

Or did they?

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