TV Bites: Simon Fuller Continues to Cash In On Your Pop Music Dreams


· It's been a busy week for American Idol creator Simon Fuller. On Thursday, he announced that he was teaming up with blogger Perez Hilton to find the next generation's boy band for a TV show conveniently titled Boy Band. Soon after, news surfaced that the television mogul had inked a lucrative new deal with CKX to consult for the company while continuing to oversee Idol, So You Think You Can Dance (which Fuller co-created) and also work on his online project If I Can Dream. The move will simultaneously allow Fuller to focus on developing other projects with financial backing from CKX. [Variety]

George Clooney partners with MTV, Rosie O'Donnell cancels on Jay Leno, and more TV Bites after the jump.

· George Clooney and MTV are organizing a telethon to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief. [AP]

· Coco supporter Rosie O'Donnell confirmed that she canceled her appearance on the Jay Leno Show in favor of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson after hearing that Leno would reclaim The Tonight Show. [ONTD]

· If you've been on the edge of your seat this whole week, just waiting for details to emerge about Rozlyn Papa's relationship with the Bachelor producer (who enjoys a good man-kimono like the rest of us), you're in luck. The relationship that warranted their dismissal was not sexual, as Papa alleged, but just a good old-fashioned case of the snuggles. Several contestants revealed that the pair was often seen cuddling on set and at one point, Papa was caught with her hand on the producer's thigh. [People]

· Spike Lee is shooting a follow-up to his Emmy-winning HBO documentary When the Levees Broke about the progress made in post-Katrina New Orleans. [Reuters]

· Ray Romano's TNT drama Men of a Certain Age has been renewed for a second season. [Reuters]

· Cougar Town is welcoming Beverly D'Angelo for one episode in February, as the white trash mom of Busy Phillips' character Laurie. [EW]