TV quick hits: ‘American Idol’s’ decline, a new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ leader, ‘Crazy Ones’ scoop

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American Idol” falls – Predictably, the show hit a 3.0 rating on Thursday night in airing against both “The Big Bang Theory” as well as the first night of the Olympics. We don’t really see this being any sort of significant trend here that lasts for the show to drop that much week-to-week; heck, Fox should be glad that they kept a 3.1 given the heavy competition. “The Big Bang Theory” had a 5.2, and the Olympics won with a whopping 6.0 … proving yet again that viewers will watch a sporting event even if the results are already available online.

A new “Dancing with the Stars” bandleader – Following the exit of Harold Wheeler and his orchestra recently, there were questions about if the ballroom competition was going to go to just a DJ, a few musicians, and also canned music. While not all answers to that are available just yet, it has been confirmed that former “American Idol” music head Ray Chew has taken on the position. It’s to be seen how many musicians he will have, but Chew is a guy with a ton of experience and should do well in this spot.

“The Crazy Ones” casting – Love “Major Crimes”? Then it should please you to know that Jonathan Del Arco of this series / “The Closer” has, per TVLine, joined the sitcom for a part as the husband to Brad Garrett’s character.

Finally – We leave you with the latest edition of “Mean Tweets” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which this time around features some people like Matt Damon, John Goodman, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, George Clooney, and many more reading some nasty things that people are saying about them.

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