This week in TV went off with a bang when Nicki Minaj went into a heated rant directed at Mariah Carey during "American Idol" auditions, which escalated when Carey discused it with Barbara Walters on "The View" and then Minaj launched into a full-on twitter rant.
Carey and Minaj weren't the only names that made headlines this week, though. Big Bird became a subject of the presidential debates, and "Girls" creator and writer Lena Dunham announced she was penning an advice book that is reportedly going for $3.6 million.
Click through the slideshow below to find out what happened in the TV world this week ... and what we learned from it.
Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj Duke It Out On The "American Idol" Set
<strong>The Event:</strong> Although they've just secured their positions on the "American Idol" judges panel, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj aren't wasting any time. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/nicki-minaj-mariah-carey-american-idol-auditions_n_1935169.html">While filming auditions in Charlotte, NC, Minaj reportedly threatened to "knock out" Carey</a>. <strong>The Lesson:</strong> Two divas in one room might not be the<em> best</em> idea.
Nicki Minaj Goes On An Anti-Mariah Twitter Rant
<strong>The Event:</strong> After Mariah Carey spoke with Barbara Walters on "The View" and claimed that Nicki Minaj had threatened to shoot her, Minaj unleashed the beast via Twitter. "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/nicki-minaj-twitter-american-idol-feud_n_1939802.html?utm_hp_ref=tv#slide=1602436">Minaj tweeted, among other things.</a> <strong>The Lesson:</strong> Hell hath no fury like pop star/rapper scorned.
Lena Dunham's Writing A Book, And It's Going For $3.6 Million
<strong>The Event: </strong> "Girls" creator Lena Dunham is penning an advice book, and in its intro she says she doesn't have much wisdom to share. Interestingly enough, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/lena-dunham-book-deal-36-million-dollars-1-million-_n_1939349.html">her not-so-great advice is currently going for a whopping $3.6 million</a>. <strong>The Lesson:</strong> Dunham may just be the "voice of a generation" after all.
"Modern Family" Is Moving Gay Rights Forward
<strong>The Event: </strong>The bemoaned "Modern Family" won in practically every comedy Emmy category and one of the show's stars, Ty Burrel, pointed out <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/ty-burrell-modern-family-gay-right_n_1936686.html">that it had made people more comfortable with the idea of gay couples, hence moving the gay rights movement forward.</a> <strong>The Lesson:</strong> Too much of a good thing can be great.
Mitt Romney Gives Big Bird A Shout Out
<strong>The Event:</strong> During the first 2012 presidential debate, Mitt Romney <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/big-bird-debates_n_1940395.html">said he wanted to cut funding for PBS even though he "loved Big Bird.</a>" Although Sesame Workshop has declined to comment, Big Bird became the hottest topic of the night. <strong>The Lesson: </strong> Muppets can overshadow potential presidents.
Pretty Little Liars Gets Another Season
<strong>The Event:</strong> On <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/pretty-little-liars-renewed-season-4-abc-family_n_1939875.html">Thursday, ABC Family announced that "Pretty Little Liars" had been renewed for a fourth season, which doesn't come as much of a surprise </a>-- "PLL" is reportedly ABC Family's No. 1 rated series of all time. <strong>The Lesson:</strong> There will always be another A.
Alec Baldwin Wanted "30 Rock" To Go On
<strong>The Event:</strong> Although Season 7 will be "30 Rock's" last, series star <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/30-rock-alec-baldwin-paycut-season-8_n_1940462.html?utm_hp_ref=tv">Alec Baldwin revealed via Twitter that he was all for another season.</a> "I offered NBC to cut my pay 20% in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock. I realize times have changed," he claims. NBC declined to comment. <strong>The Lesson:</strong> Money can't buy you everything.
Practically Every New Fall Show Is Premiering Early
<strong>The Event:</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/watch-nashville-online_n_1939304.html">"Nashville," starring Connie Britton, debuted online a week early</a>, following in the footsteps of other new shows including "Last Resort," "Ben And Kate," "The Mindy Project," "Emily Owens, M.D." and more. It may seem excessive, but let's not forget that Fox put "New Girl" online ahead of its premiere and saw ratings success. <strong>The Lesson:</strong> If TV were high school, "New Girl" would be the trend-setting popular girl.
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