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Belated "Idol" finale, "House" and summer reading are in May 30's News from the Web

Let us pause and give a moment of silence at the passing of the 2006-07 television season.

With the finale of “House” last night, the TV that gets us through those long winter nights is over.

Now we’re left with nothing but “So You Think You Can Dance” and Google-stalking our favorite stars (like this columnist does in the case of Hugh Laurie).

(But who can really blame her?).

I always feel a little let down by even the most favorite of my shows.

I missed the “American Idol” finale (I was deep within the Sierra Nevadas), but I’m neither surprised by the results (did anyone really think Melinda-voters would defect to the beat boxer?) nor do I find myself caring all that much.

Once Sanjaya left, whether you loved or hated the less-than-stellar crooner, the show got a whole lot less interesting.

The finale had fewer viewers than last year and some experts predict the show has hit its zenith and has begun a downward spiral.

Click here to read more about “American Idol” ratings.

One News from the Web reader writes: “MELINDA SHOULD HAVE WON IDOL. THE SHOW SHOULD STRESS TO THE AUDIENCE THAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT WHO IS THE MOST TALENTED AND NOT THE MOST LIKED. BUT, MELINDA'S CAREER IS JUST BEGINNING, DESPITE IDOL.

Perhaps it’s Idol’s career that is waning.

What do you think?

Sound off by clicking here. Submissions to the Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other form.

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Now back, briefly, to “House.”

While I enjoyed Hugh Laurie as always, the “cliffhanger” where his staff abandoned him seems a little bit lame.

Are we really to believe that they are gone? That the show has fired three actors from one of its most successful programs?

As if.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here for a recap.

At least they didn't bring back that ridiculous David Morse storyline.

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On the morning television front, Today Show host Matt Lauer grilled Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the popular morning program today.

The most controversial part of the conversation: Neither Lauer nor Romney were wearing their seatbelts during shots of them riding around in a car.

Don't worry. Both issued statements apologizing/justifying the faux pas.

Click here for more Mitt Romney news.

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With the television season over, there’s no better time to turn to a good book.

I’m still hoping someone (anyone?) will suggest some good summer reads.

Area summer reading programs are about to get underway.

Click here for info about the Boise Public Library’s programs for kids, teens and adults.

And send me your recommends by clicking here. Submissions to the Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other form.

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And now for a tidbit of news about a group of people who may be especially interested in leisure activity.

News from the Web reader Joel Kennedy has this posted on his blog today about the return of the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) from its trip around the world.

Welcome back!

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