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Lopez, Connick join Urban on ‘Idol’

“American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

The addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers – a la NBC’s successful 2011 upstart “The Voice.”

Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.

‘True Blood’ to wrap at end of next season

It’s a wrap for the sexy supernaturals on HBO’s “True Blood.”

The network said Tuesday that the series will end next year, following a 10-episode season that will begin in the summer. That will be the show’s seventh season.

The series stars Anna Paquin.

The show has been a hit for HBO at a time it was looking for something new. Episodes averaged more than 10 million viewers for the sixth season, which concluded last month.

‘Fifty Shades’ movie names lead actors

The big-screen adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has cast its lead roles.

Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he captivates, Anastasia Steele. Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced the castings Monday.

The 23-year-old Johnson is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.

The 33-year-old British actor Hunnam starred in this summer’s robot-monster battle “Pacific Rim.” He currently stars in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”

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