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One sweet choice 'Idol' shakes off losses with new superstar judge Sheila Busteed TV Media ONE SWEET CHOICE: The game of musical chairs at the "American Idol" judging table entered a new round this year with the exit of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. But show runners have hooked an iconic singer whose powerful five-octave range is sure to leave contestants pushing themselves even further to impress the panel and TV viewers. The struggling Fox reality series has signed Mariah Carey, who boasts more top-ranking singles than any other solo artist in history. Not only does she hold records for her album sales, but she is also a gifted songwriter and producer -- the kind of ingenuity and self-reliance that is sorely lacking among many of the performers in today's pop scene. Carey will debut as an "Idol" judge when the show returns for a new season in January 2013. Her addition to the reality competition arena creates a dynasty of sorts, seeing as her husband, Nick Cannon, is currently the host of NBC's "America's Got Talent." The couple married on April 30, 2008, and welcomed fraternal twins exactly three years later. Some people may speculate that Carey's addition to the "Idol" panel is a ploy to promote her newest studio album and that, like her predecessors, she won't last long on the show. But Ryan Seacrest's recent radio interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe suggests that isn't necessarily a bad thing. "I think what we've seriously got to talk about is just using people for a year, because if we do want these big stars -- and we do -- you cannot take them away from what they do," said Lythgoe, adding that such a policy would help keep the show fresh. As far as who else may join the panel, fans will just have to wait and see.

CRIME AND COMEBACK: Last season's finale episode for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was a doozie: dead escorts with highprofile clientele, a murdered former governor, blackmail and backlash from undercover work, and a cliffhanger ending that showed Capt. Cragen waking in his bed to discover a dead woman lying next to him and his hands covered in blood. As fans ready for the mystery to continue in the show's two-hour Season 14 premiere, former "Criminal Minds" star Paget Brewster will also return to television in a special guest role as the head of the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit, which must investigate Cragen (played by Dann Florek) for murder. The new season will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 26. When the last season ended, things were already tense between Cragen and Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) because he kept sticking his nose into the investigation and told her to back off of certain powerful players. It'll be interesting to see how strong everyone's loyalties are to the unit and each other when Brewster's character enters the scene to apply extra pressure on them. Brewster played BAU member Emily Prentiss in 125 episodes of CBS's "Criminal Minds," starting in Season 2 until she officially left the show at the end of Season 7. She's also known for her previous roles in "Huff," "The Trouble With Normal" and a memorable guest stint in "Friends."

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Mariah Carey has signed on as a new American Idol judge Currently, she also does voice work for the animated series "Dan Vs." The upcoming "S.V.U." season premiere will also feature the return of guest stars Dean Winters, Laura Benanti, Pippa Black, Ron Rifkin, Peter Jacobson and Brooke Smith, who were all featured in last season's finale episode. DISTURBING THE PEACE: An actor known for playing an exiled knight will soon embark on a path of vengeance in another series. Renowned Scottish thespian Iain Glen, who is best known for his role as Ser Jorah Mormont on HBO's "Game of Thrones," will be featured in the upcoming third season of Syfy's hit show "Haven." He will debut his character, Roland Holloway, in the sixth episode of the new season, which will air on Friday, Oct. 26. The season premiere is scheduled

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. Solution on page 2. for Friday, Sept. 21. Glen's Roland Holloway is a normally civilized man who has developed a hard and savage side after being confined to his home for more than 27 years, and this new persona gets the best of him as he begins to take his revenge. The actor was also recently featured as Sir Richard Carlisle in the hit period drama "Downton Abbey." However, he's also well known for his film work. North American audiences will known him as Manfred Powell in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), Dr. Isaacs in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (2004) and the 2007 follow-up "Resident Evil: Extinction." In between

those latter two projects, he played King Richard in "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), and was most recently seen in "The Iron Lady" (2011) as Alfred Roberts. "Haven," which is based on Stephen King's novella "The Colorado Kid," is a unique sci-fi series that follows a former FBI agent who becomes a cop in an unusual town that is full of secrets, which happen to be the key to her mysterious past.

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TV Weekly - Aug. 12, 2012  

TV listings for northeast Indiana.

TV Weekly - Aug. 12, 2012  

TV listings for northeast Indiana.