- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Short takes

Three down, one to go.

Newest “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is the latest to sign on to the show for next season, producers and Fox announced Monday. Show host Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell are officially returning, while Randy Jackson has another year left on his contract. Negotiations with Paula Abdul have not yet been completed, the Hollywood Reporter says.

• The game show “Let’s Make a Deal” is coming back to daytime television, Associated Press reports. CBS says an updated version of the show will debut Oct. 5 with Wayne Brady as host. Monty Hall, longtime host of the original “Let’s Make a Deal,” is a consultant on the new show. It will replace “Guiding Light.” The soap opera ends its more-than-five-decade run Sept. 21.

• Four-time Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has been tapped as a lead on CBS’ new medical drama “Three Rivers” opposite Alex O’Laughlin, the Hollywood Reporter says. The series focuses on organ transplants as seen through the points of view of the doctors, donors and recipients.

Miss Woodard will play Sophia Jordan, head of surgery at Three Rivers Hospital. The role was recast after being

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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