I don’t know who is left that could possibly give a damn about this, but “American Idol” continues to search for a third judge on the show to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, the latter of whom I thought had quit or was fired (Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, I believe, have been axed, along with Randy Jackson, who is returning in a mentor role). “American Idol” had hoped to land Dr. Luke (a big-time blockbuster music producer), but his contract won’t allow it, so they’re basically left with Harry Connick, Jr., who Fox doesn’t really want, but he’s kind of all that’s left at this point.
Meanwhile, Bill Hader has expressed interest in a Stefon sitcom, but no one has offered, and no one is likely to.
In totally fantastic news, Paul Giamatti has signed on to a new FX pilot based on a series of Charles Willeford novels. “Hoke” is a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985. On the one hand, it’s another cop show (boo!), but on the other, it’s Giamatti and it’s set in the 80s, and it’s from the guy who adapted Out of Sight for film.
Dutch actor Michiel Huisman (“Nashville”) has joined the cast of “Game of Thrones.” Nothing is known about his role yet. Like, literally.
Aziz Ansari is bypassing Comedy Central and HBO and taking his next stand-up special straight to Netflix, which is where most people would see it anyway.
Finally, I will reward you for slogging through mediocre TV news on a slow news week with this fantastic photo of Arya and The Hound from the Tampa Bay Comic Con.