The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: Nickelodeon has an odd dynamo on its hands, an American Idol contestant gets the boot, and Jenna Elfman is headed to Washington.
Are you aware of Lucas Cruikshank? He is the strange sprite creature who plays "Fred," that high-voiced YouTube character who now has a show on Nickelodeon as well as a couple of movies? Well, Cruikshank is getting another Nickelodeon series called Marvin, Marvin about an alien trapped in a teen's body. So it's basically the Tommy character from 3rd Rock from the Sun except played not by future dreamboat Joseph Gordon-Levitt but by the world's most famous spazoid. (Remember the word spazoid? Let's bring it back.) In addition to this show, Fred will continue and there will be another Fred movie. So this kid is basically unstoppable! He's more successful than Teri Hatcher! Than Judy Greer! This kid has more TV show projects than Christian Slater. Television's biggest star is Lucas Cruikshank and we're all gonna have to go ahead and promptly deal with it. What a world we live in. [Deadline]
Uh oh. American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones has been disqualified from the show because he failed to disclose multiple past arrests. So, he's apparently out tonight. It might even happen on the show? It's unclear whether they will hand him over to the Steven Tyler witch for Tyler's various dark purposes or if Ryan Seacrest will just pull that big lever that opens the trap door that Frenchie fell through all those years ago. What a shame. Especially considering that Jones was someone brought back into the competition by the judges after they initially eliminated him during Hollywood Week. What a waste! Johnny Keyser must be so mad. Another question about this whole things is whether they'll still eliminate someone tomorrow now that they're already a man down. We think they will just to keep people interested, or at least they won't tell us either way until tomorrow night, but who knows. Tune in to American Idol tonight to find out! Goddamn it, they got us. They are good. [The New York Times]