Sometimes I'm still so naive about television.

It’s not like I don’t know that American Idol often puts people through that make for good television. But I was still SHOCKED that Tatiana made it into the Top 36. I’ve always felt like the purpose of Hollywood Week was to not only find the best singers but also to discover who can handle the stress of the competition and who can’t.

Because my guess is if the group auditions during Hollywood Week do you in, you’re probably not going to do that well emotionally once you hit the big stage. And Tatiana’s histrionics are not only highly, highly annoying but also I’m kind of worried about her mental health. That level of stress and carrying on just can't be good for anyone.

And what’s really bizarre is that I don’t think Tatiana makes for good TV. I think she makes for nails-on-the-chalkboard TV. I have a visceral reaction every time she hits the screen. I want her off the show. But I wasn’t too worried about her because I thought there was no way the show would make it to the top 36. Like I said, sometimes I’m still so innocent about TV.

While I’m on my American Idol rant, can we discuss how irritating the judges’ fake out is. You know when they walk in the room acting all dejected discussing how the decision was so hard only to then scream "You made it through!" It was cute (kind of) the first time they did it. But the 85th time not so cute.

And finally let me announce how concerned I am about how the show is getting from 36 to 12 finalists this year. If you recall over the past few years the 12 women have performed one night, the 12 men another night and then each week two men and two women didn’t get enough votes to advance were eliminated.

This year the show is returning to the way they used to do things. The finalists are divided into three groups of 12 and only three from each group (top woman, top man, and next top vote recipient) advance to the top 12. In a wild card round, the judges bring back their favorites who didn’t make the cut and they compete for the final three spots. Sure the Wild Card rounds are what put both Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken through to the top 12 but I still prefer how the show did things last year. You get a chance to see people perform multiple times before the top 12 big stage brouhaha begins and there’s not as big a chance that someone really good could be left behind.

How are you feeling about American Idol this year? Talk about it below.

More Fun Links

We know Tori Spelling will soon be returning to 90210 but she’ll also be reprising her role of Linda Lake when Smallville returns on March 12. Check out this link.

For a sneak peek at the new Amy Poehler comedy Parks and Recreation, click here

Highlights of the Week Ahead

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for February 16-22

The showdown we’ve been waiting for is here. Chloe and Janis finally face off on 24 (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.). Also Sprague Grayden (Jericho) begins her guest star stint as the President’s daughter. Apparently their relationship is a little complicated.

I did not become a fan of Worst Week. But if you did, you’ll want to tune into the season finale Monday at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. Oh and if you are looking for the episode of How I Met Your Mother that was supposed to air last week (where we meet Barney’s mom), it will now air on March 2.

Leverage kicks off its two part season finale Tuesday at 10 p.m. on TNT. There’s a scene in this week’s episode where Parker and Aldis pretend to kiss in order to gain access to a secured room. The security guards come running over, see Parker and Aldis kissing, tell them they tripped the alarm and then leave. Now see in real life the security guards would stay and escort both Parker and Aldis out of the area. Thankfully Leverage is not real life. As long as you are willing to accept the leaps in logic Leverage demands of the viewer, then you are in for a great time. And I really enjoyed the two-part finale. Kevin Tighe guest stars as Nate’s former boss, you know the one who denied his son’s insurance claim. Tighe, who played Locke’s evil, evil father on Lost, is equally creepy and cocky here. The finale also begins to address some problems that are inherent to the premise — how long can they continue to con people before they are recognized? Leverage is an even stronger show now than it was when it premiered. I’m glad it will be coming back for a second season. What do you think of Leverage? Talk about it below.

I am so excited that Noah Wyle is returning to ER this week (Thursday, NBC, 10 p.m.). Dr. Carter was always one of my favorite characters. For all my complaints about ER over the years I think the show is doing an excellent job of saying goodbye to television. And I have to also admit I’m really going to miss the show when it’s gone. Despite my efforts to break up with the show a couple of years ago, here I am all hooked again. When I talked to Noah Wyle a couple months ago, he said that he felt like coming back would give his character some closure. So this week we will see Dr. Carter returning from Africa and coming back to work at County General. I don’t want to tell you too much more about what’s coming up for Dr. Carter except to say that he will be visited by some familiar faces and that there is a fairly dramatic story line heading his way. I. Can’t. Wait. Remember also that NBC has added three additional episodes to ER‘s final year so now the show will have its two-hour season finale on April 2.

Okay I’ve now watched the third episode FOX made available of Dollhouse, which is actually the fourth episode of the series (it airs March 6). And I have to say it’s my favorite so far and I liked it much better than I liked this week’s episode (Friday, FOX, 9 p.m.). I think my major concern right now is that Echo needs to have a mission that goes off without a problem. Because no one would hire the Dollhouse if things always went wrong. I’m also kind of wondering how sustainable the premise is since we, as viewers, probably won’t invest in Echo that much if she continues to have no memory. But as I stated last Friday, the show has my attention and I’m intrigued. What do you guys think?

That’s all for today. I’m back on Wednesday with this week’s familiar faces. Also coming this week thoughts on Life on Mars, Damages, The Amazing Race and Grey’s Anatomy (for the love of TiVo, tell us what’s wrong with Izzie). Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com. Talk to you on Wednesday.

Posted by:Amy Amatangelo