Dish Of Salt: Thursday TV Round Up

Carrie Set To Hit The Road
Country cutie and “American Idol” Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood announced today the launch of her 2010 “Play On Tour.” Kicking off in March 2010, the tour will highlight songs from her recently launched “Play On” album which has sold over 700,000 copies in the last five weeks. Carrie is now the first “Idol” alum to launch three albums in a row above the 300k sales mark. The tour begins March 11, 2010 in Reading, PA. Tickets got on sale starting Friday, December 18th.

Ellen Gets Comic-al
Talk show host and new “American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres can soon add comic book heroine to her list of career credits, sort of. Ellen’s life story will be the featured subject of an upcoming issue of Bluewater Productions’ “Female Force” biography comic series. Scheduled to be released in March 2010, the comic book will follow Ellen’s upbringing in Louisiana to her days on the comedy club circuit, her breakthrough sitcom and her Emmy-winning talk show. It will also delve into her personal life as an openly gay woman and advocate for gay rights. Past issues have featured Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Barbara Walters, “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling.

“Bachelor” Dates Revealed
I’ve been keeping it a secret for a while but I can finally reveal one of the group dates Jake Pavelka and his bachelorette’s will go on this season. Jake will take a group of ladies to the Jon Lovitz comedy club where they will be the ones who are performing. I actually went on this date for an Access Hollywood segment. It was pretty funny. That and other dates were revealed in a press release about the show today where it was revealed the final three ladies will be whisked away to St. Lucia in the Caribbean for the overnight dates. Other dates revealed include a trip to Magic Mountain theme park, a Palm Springs getaway via private jet, a trip to San Francisco’s famous coit tower and bungee jumping off the Bridge To Nowhere in the San Gabriel mountains. When the show premieres January 4th, “The Bachelorette’s” Jillian Harris will return with her fiancé’ Ed Swiderski to offer Jake advice at the first cocktail party. They also have some sort of special announcement to share with Jake. I’m guessing it involves a wedding date which I pray doesn’t’ mean we will be forced to sit through an Ed and Jillian wedding special in the neat future. By the way, I have heard from someone behind the scenes at the show that this is gonna be a bumpy ride for Jake. Hey, if ABC can use lame pilot and airplane jokes so can I!

A “Big Love” Christmas
Here’s some interesting holiday cheer for fans of the HBO polygamy drama, which returns for Season 4 on January 10th. The cast of the show has recorded a Christmas album entitled “A Juniper Creek Christmas” featuring eight classic holiday songs tweaked to reflect life on the Juniper Creek compound. Tracks on the album include “Silent Wife,” “Deck The Compound,” “I Saw Three Hummers,“We Three Wives” and “O Little Town of Juniper The album is part of tongue-in-cheek digital marketing campaign to drum up interest in the show and satisfy fans who have been patiently waiting for the show’s return.

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