Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TV Blog Buzz: Saying Goodbye to 'American Idol''s Dawg; Defending 'The Wire'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TV Blog Buzz: Saying Goodbye to 'American Idol''s Dawg; Defending 'The Wire'

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TV Blog Buzz: Goodbye to 'American Idol''s Dawg

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"American Idol" is losing one of its original voices -- and some think that's a good thing.

Randy Jackson, who was a judge on the show for 12 seasons and then acted as a mentor for one more, will not be back when the reality singing contest returns next year.

"I felt now was the perfect time to leave," Jackson said in a statement. "I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, 'Idol' started it all. Onto what's next."

That decision is "long, long overdue," says TVLine, which argues that the show's contestants need a stronger mentor who will truly help develop their careers.

"Jackson's mentoring tenure was an unmitigated debacle. Either 'Idol''s producers left every single bit of Jackson's specific, cogent advice on the editing room floor for the duration of season 13 or the Dawg's insights were limited to 'you've got to sell it'-style pablum," writes TVLine.

"The hope now is that executive producer Per Blankens will select a mentor based not on name recognition. The last thing 'Idol' needs is a bold-faced star who'll devote nothing more than a few hours of superficial camera time to season 14.

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It's a testament to David Simon's gritty crime drama "The Wire" that it's still constantly talked about more than a decade since it premiered.

The show was almost universally praised by critics but occasionally gets slagged for its bleak portrayal of crime-ridden Baltimore.

That's the criticism of Mike Rowe, best known for hosting the Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs."

The Baltimore City Paper recently reported on Rowe's efforts to reshape the city's image with a PR campaign highlighting the good in Baltimore.

"Personally, I think 'The Wire' is one of the best pieces of narrative fiction ever conceived. …

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