Good TV This Week: The ‘American Idol’ Finale

It is the colossus of the week that cannot be ignored.  Even if you haven’t been following “American Idol” this season, get in on the finale, because:  1.  It’s exciting. 2.  It is a major annual showcase for the music industry.  Last year, our own Tony Bennett sang Irving Berlin with contestant Haley Reinhardt.  Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin and a gospel choir teamed with Jacob Lusk.  Tom Jones, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Judas Priest and even Jack Black performed numbers …

Steven Tyler Finds ‘American Idol’ Making the Most of His Bad Boy Image

Steven Tyler claims he “really wasn’t okay with it” last year when he felt his slips of the lips were being hyped by the “American Idol” forces.  To hear him tell it, they kept “using the occasional [bleep] and really pushing it up to the top, and saying, ‘Wow, Peck’s Bad Boy.’”  He shrugs.  “But it’s TV.  It works.” So it does.  And if anyone knows how to work a rock reprobate appeal, it’s the 63-year-old Aerosmith frontman, who goes …

The Takeaway: Helen Mirren’s Best Body; The Aging Well Edition

Helen Mirren takes the crown again. The sexiest woman over 50 has a new title: Best body. According to an L.A. Fitness poll, the 66-year-old was named female celebrity with the best body – beating Elle “The Body” MacPherson, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet and Pippa Middleton. But we already knew this.