When Was Miley Cyrus On “American Idol?” – Pop Culture. This Week In History.

Mr. Pop History – It was a big, big deal when Hannah Montana appeared on “American Idol.” Her first AI appearance was back in April 2008. She’d be back a year later – almost to the date. Here’s that announcement – from the first week of April, 2009:

More Miley… She’s coming to “American Idol.” The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of “Hannah Montana The Movie,” pre-taped a performance of her hit song, “The Climb,” for the hit FOX reality competition on Wednesday night. The performance will air on April 15.

When Was The Fox-TV Show, “X-Files” At Its Peak? Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History – I took this from the mrpopculture.com week of January 15, 2002 – when the show was being canceled. Can you believe it’s been that long?

After nine years, Fox-TV’s “The X-Files” will be folding. Overall, the show has been averaging 8.7 million viewers, downdramatically from its peak season (1996-1997) when the weekly audience was 18.3 million.

When Dick Clark Went Up Against Ryan Seacrest – Different Specials. Pop Culture Trivia.

Q: Ryan Seacrest has been in the Dick Clark camp for sometime – especially with Clark’s ABC-TV New Year’s Eve specials. Didn’t Seacrest compete with this very same show?

Mr. Pop History – Yes. Let’s go back to the year 2004 – New Year’s Eve. Clark had just had his stroke – and would you believe – Regis Philbin was asked to take his place that year? Actually – ol’ Rege did pretty well. But – look over at Fox-TV where Ryan Seacrest was doing the same type of show.  Here are those listings, plus other competition that night:

Dick Clark prime time – Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host.

Carson Daily – Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Jill Hennessy, Dule Hill, Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump. With performances by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne and Duran Duran.

Fox-TV – Ryan Seacrest (New Year’s Eve Live From Times Square)– Hoobastank, Evanescence.

MTV New Year’s Bash – hosted by Damien Fahey, La La Vasquez, Quddus, Hilarie Burton and Vanessa Minnillo. With Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jimmy eat World, Ryan Cabrera, Lindsay Logan, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Fabolous, Ludacris, Ying Yank Twins, Simple Plan.

Loud TV Commercials – Are They A Thing Of The Past? Pop. Culture. Trivia.

Mr. Pop History – What’s amazing is – this problem dates all the way back to the 1950′s. Broadcasters always, always denied the accusation. Just a few weeks ago – back in September – Congress finally did something about it. So – let’s see if it happens. It is quite annoying. Here’s an article from a radio/TV engineering authority:

“The United States Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday, September 27th, to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, requires the FCC to adopt its recommendations as regulations within a year and begin enforcing them a year later. The House of Representatives had already passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the November 2nd elections.”

Mr. Pop Culture Report – October 12… New Technology Can Pick Out A Voice In The Crowd… Dynamite News… No PBS In Los Angeles… Top Albums.

It’s from a company called Squarehead and the device is called Audioscope, and contains over 300 microphones. Picture this – the device is mounted above a stadium and a wide-angle camera looks down on the scene from the center of a disk containing the microphones. All the operator has to do is pinpoint a spot on the court or field using the screen, and the Audioscope works out how far that spot is from each of the mics, corrects for delay and then synchronizes the audio from all 315 of them. The result is a microphone that can pick out the pop of a bubblegum bubble in the middle of a basketball game…

Fox is turning Napolean Dynamite into a cartoon. The network has ordered six episodes of an animated version of the 2004 indie comedy. The original cast, including Jon Heder, will return to voice the awkward high schoolers.

PBS station KCET said it’s dropping out of the public TV system and going independent because of a dispute over fees and programming. Starting in January, the Los Angeles-based station’s schedule will include some current shows along with new fare that reflect Southern California’s “diverse” voices, KCET President Al Jerome said in a statement. “After four decades as the West Coast flagship PBS station, this is not a decision we made lightly,” Jerome said.

Top albums this week –

Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney

I Am Not A Human Being – Lil Wayne

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted – Gucci Mane

Clapton – Eric Clapton

Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz

Recovery – Eminem

A Thousand Sunds – Linkin Park

Hands All Over – Maroon 5

Ben Stiller Question. Pop. Culture. History.

From CR – Ben Stiller question: wasn’t he discovered by way of comic clubs?

Mr. Pop History – Ben Stiller auditioned and won a spot on MTV. From there, he was spotted by Fox, which aired his short-lived – “The Ben Stiller Show” in 1992. Not a big ratings-grabber, it took two years to develop and showed off Stiller’s inventiveness. From there – he went into movies.

Fox-TV was a great launching pad for talented comedians such as Stiller and Jim Carey.

This Week In Pop Culture History And Much More.

From Frank B – ABC had a show that ripped off Fox’ “Cops.” What was the name of this show?

Mr. Pop History – It was 1991′s “American Detective.” It was a broader interpretation of Cops, I suppose, as it focused on jobs, actions and private existences of the men and women who protect the public.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 22

It Just Didn’t Make Sense – Google announces it has stopped censoring search results in China. The announcement came amid speculation that the search giant would pull out of China entirely and sets up a showdown with the Communist leadership there. Google said it stopped running the censored Google.cn service on Monday and was routing its Chinese users to an uncensored version of Google based in Hong Kong.

They Were Expendable – Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend Liam Hemsworth is now dumped – from Sylvester Stallone’s new action movie “The Expendables” after writers decided they had too many characters. Also gone – the late Brittnay Murphy . Hemsworth told London’s Sunday Herald Sun newspaper that at least he got the chance to speak to Stallone over the role: “I was at my friend’s house and I got a phone call from my Australian agent who had sent my tape in a few days before and he said, ‘Stallone is going to call you in a few days,’; and I went back into my buddy’s house and said, ‘Rocky’s gonna give me a call, no big deal.’”

But – better news for Miley as she is now set to appear as a guest mentor on “American Idol” and help the Top 11 finalists prepare for their performances on a Billboard No.1 Hits-themed show airing Tuesday, March 23 on FOX. The Wednesday, March 24 results show will feature Cyrus performing her new hit “When I Look at You,” along with Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato singing their song “Make a Wave.”

Conan Can’t - “American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment, approached Conan O’Brien to participate in its “Idol Gives Back” special on Wednesday, April 21. Unfortunately, O’Brien won’t be able to participate because his agreement with NBC keeps him from making TV appearances until May 1, says The Hollywood Reporter. Word has it that O’Brien is talking to Fox about post May 1 opportunities.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1976 –

Music news –

Don’t miss The Rutles “All You Need Is Cash” this week on NBC. It’s described as a well-constructed rendition of Beatlemania.  Included – a soundtrack that reminds you of Beatles music – sort of Beatles music turned inside-out.  Appearing – Eric Idol, Rikki Fataar, John Halsey and Neil Innes. Both Innes and Idol conceived the project.

Andre Previn leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this week.

Peter Frampton takes a roll on NBC’s “Baa Baa Black Sheep” starring Robert Conrad. His new movie – “Sergeant Pepper” will be released in July.  In that film, he has no dialogue and this guest starring role gives him that opportunity.

Television news –

James Garner and Jack Kelly reprise their 1950’s roles in “The New Maverick” – a two-hour TV movie for ABC-TV.

Lorimar is launching a series about a family brimming with hate. Called “Dallas” – CBS is giving it a five week run beginning Sunday of this week. The first episode sees son Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy), bring home a bride played by Victoria Principal.