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Leno’s ‘Tonight’ bandleader set to return to ‘American Idol’


Akron Beacon Journal

Q: When Jimmy Fallon and the Roots take over from Jay Leno, what happens to Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band?

A: They get new gigs — or return to old ones. Minor, who has been with Tonight since 2010, is returning to American Idol as musical director. He was with the singing competition for seasons four through nine, helping to showcase performers including Adam Lambert and David Cook. Idol begins a new season with telecasts on Jan. 15 and 16.

Q: I would like to know the name of the show that Jonny Lee Miller was on before Elementary. He was always hearing music and seeing the person singing the songs.

A: Miller, currently starring as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS drama, has been in quite a few series, but the show you are thinking of was Eli Stone, which aired on ABC in 2008-09. Miller played Stone, a man who has weird visions, some of which featured songs by George Michael — and Michael himself onscreen.

Q: While watching the musical version of Little Shop of Horrors, I was wondering what happened to Rick Moranis.

A: Moranis, who played Seymour in the big-screen Little Shop and also appeared in Ghostbusters, Parenthood and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, along with TV’s SCTV, has not acted on camera for close to 20 years. Empire magazine reported not long ago that he has instead been “filling his days with his kids, voiceover work and music.” That last activity included a 2013 album he wrote and performed called My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs.

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