TVision: Michael Jackson episode rebroadcast on ‘American Idol’

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 12:00am

Since it began eight years ago, American Idol has always been a seasonal show. It appears in the middle of the year, presents its competitors, then disappears from the airwaves once a champion’s crowned until the following season. It’s always been content to milk the headlines of what’s happened during the run to the finale.

That changes Monday night at 7 p.m. on WZTV-17 when American Idol repeats the March episode featuring the Top 13 contestants performing Michael Jackson songs. That announcement was made near the end of Thursday night’s So You Think You Can Dance competition that saw Jonathan Platero and Asuka Kondoh eliminated, and the roster reduced to seven performing couples.

The song lineup will be:
Scott MacIntyre – “Keep The Faith”
Danny Gokey – “PYT”
Michael Sarver – “You Are Not Alone”
Jasmine Murray – “I’ll Be There”
Kris Allen – “Remember The Time”
Allison Iraheta – “Give It To Me”
Anoop Desai – “Beat It”
Jorge Nunez – “Never Can Say Goodbye”
Megan Joy Corkrey – “Rockin’ Robin”
Adam Lambert – “Black or White”
Matt Giraud – “Human Nature”
Alexis Grace – “Dirty Diana”

Meanwhile, on So You Think You Can Dance, the remaining couples will do choreographed routines on the Wednesday night show at 7 p.m. The next night, during the 8 p.m. program, another couple will be eliminated, pairing the lineup down to the Top 12.

The show is proving a major hit for Fox, finishing in the Top 10 most weeks and some times in the Top five. It’s also among the few shows this summer that’s holding its audience among the 18-49 demographic, as the networks are seeking record lows across the boards among all audiences many weeks.

'Wipeout’ draws fans

One of the few exceptions to that rule on ABC has been the obstacle course program Wipeout, now in its second season and airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on WKRN-2. When year two began May 27, the opening episode pulled almost 9 million fans. It’s been holding right at eight million fans per week and also getting solid numbers in the 18-49 demographic. The first episode this season garnered the highest rating for any ABC show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in nearly two years.

Contestants go through multiple rounds in what’s billed the world’s largest obstacle course. Those who make it to the finals then face some more serious challenges. What’s proven a lure for fans is the fact the obstacles change each week. Then there’s also the dry wit of host John Henson, who honed his skills spoofing soaps and audience participation programs on E! network.

Cibrian joins ‘CSI:Miami'

ABC’s attempts to break him out in a remake of Cupid failed, but actor Eddie Cibrian has definitely landed on his feet. He’s joining one of television’s highest-rated scripted dramas, CSI: Miami, when it returns Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on WTVF-5. He’ll portray a Miami officer who joins Horatio Caine’s (David Caruso) special unit.

For much of its eight-year tenure, CSI: Miami has been considered the second show among the CSI trilogy. But last season it often outranked CSI, and the show’s among CBS’ top syndicated productions in foreign markets.

With things still undecided in the wake of last season’s cliffhanger, Cibrian may soon become a pivotal part of CSI: Miami.