Monday, December 31, 2012

Golden Globes Next Sunday

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the "70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Sunday, January 13, 2013. The show will air live on NBC coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fans Invited to Advance Screening of American Idol in Select Theaters

On Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT), fans in 11 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to see the Season 12 premiere episode of AMERICAN IDOL for free one week prior to its debut on FOX. Immediately following (8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT), AMERICAN IDOL host Ryan Seacrest and judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will participate in a nationwide, interactive Q&A, which will be live streamed on and

Originating from Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the debut episode and LIVE Q&A will be uplinked via television satellite from Los Angeles to venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston.  Fans can RSVP by logging on to and submitting their name and contact information.  The unique promotional event will enable thousands to see the season’s first episode before it premieres on the network in a special two-night event Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan.17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 

After the episode preview, Ryan Seacrest will moderate a nationwide interactive Q&A LIVE with judges Carey, Jackson, Minaj and Urban. The LIVE and interactive Q&A will appear in satellite venues, as well as stream on various websites, including and, beginning at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT.

Additionally, fans may submit questions for the participating talent now via the AMERICAN IDOL Facebook page ( and via Twitter (@AmericanIdol). Questions also may be submitted the day of the event via Twitter using #Idol. Fans watching the LIVE Q&A at the satellite venues also will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

The free premiere event will be held as noted below. Fans who would like an opportunity to attend in one of the cities may RSVP now at

Eastern Time:
Event begins at 7:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:

NEW YORK               AMC Empire 25, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

PHILADELPHIA        AMC Plymouth 12, 494 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
BOSTON                    AMC Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
WASH., D.C.              AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
ATLANTA                  AMC Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
DETROIT                   AMC Forum 30, 44681 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Central Time:
Event begins at 6:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:

CHICAGO                  AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611

DALLAS                     AMC Northpark 15, 8687 N. Central Expressway 3000, Dallas, TX 75225

HOUSTON                 AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale, Houston, TX  77063

NASHVILLE              TBA

Pacific Time:
Event begins at 4:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 5:30 PM. Doors open at 3:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
LOS ANGELES         Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90095
Seating at Royce Hall and at all satellite venues is free. Fans will receive an email notification if they have successfully rsvp’d for the event. Fans who have successfully rsvp’d will be added to the guest list. Please note that seating at the venues is not guaranteed. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue, even if you are on the guest list.

Tate Stevens Wins The X Factor

The second season of THE X FACTOR concluded last night as Tate Stevens was crowned the winner during a live two-hour season finale on FOX. Hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez revealed that following last night’s performance show, Stevens had the highest number of votes over runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar and second runner-up Fifth Harmony.

Stevens, 37, who was mentored by L.A. Reid, gets a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music. In addition, this year’s winner will also receive production and creative support to develop, create, record and shoot his first original track and music video. The prize culminates with the winner’s video premiering as a Pepsi commercial during the live telecast of the “55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.”

The two-night event featured performances from One Direction and rapper Pitbull, as well as a series of duets performed last night by special guests paired up with THE X FACTOR finalists, including country superstar LeAnn Rimes with Carly Rose Sonenclar, pop singer and THE X FACTOR judge Demi Lovato with Fifth Harmony and country music group Little Big Town with Tate Stevens. THE X FACTOR’s Top 13 Finalists also reunited for a special performance of “You Are Not Alone,” in tribute to the Newtown, CT, families.

Online auditions for the third season of THE X FACTOR are now open through June 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM PT. Solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over may submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos at In addition to online auditions, aspiring performers will soon be able to participate in open call auditions held in Los Angeles, CA (March 6, 2013); Charleston, SC (March 19, 2013); New Orleans, LA (April 14, 2013); Long Island, NY (April 25, 2013); and Denver, CO (May 14, 2013). Please continue to check for more information and full terms, conditions and eligibility.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Inside the White House at Christmas via NBC

Meredith Vieira tours the White House while volunteers decorate for the holidays. "A White House Christmas: First Families Remember" airs Thursday, December 20 on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET) with an encore telecast on Friday, December 21 on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET).

Turner Classic Movies' "31 Days of Oscar"

Audrey Hepburn at Paramount

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will offer movie fans a viewing of Oscar-winning films, studio by studio, this February with the 2013 edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented live on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7pm ET at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised live by ABC and in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. Each film is an Academy Award® nominee or winner.

In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM's 31 DAYS OF OSCAR website.

Throughout the presentation, TCM's Robert Osborne, the official biographer of the Academy Awards®, and Ben Mankiewicz will guide viewers on a fascinating tour through each studio's history, stars and signature films. Radio Archive Sneak Preview, featuring the 1943 Academy Awards acceptance speech by Jack Warner:

Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect of the movie industry controlled by the studio bosses. As the movie industry grew, so did the power wielded by the studios, which reached their zenith during the 1930s and '40s before more independent forces began to point the industry in a new direction.TCM's 31 DAYS OF OSCAR showcase will feature collections from all of the major studios including the five largest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros. and RKO Radio Pictures as well as the studios that were lesser in power, but just as influential in style, Universal, Columbia and United Artists, the latter of which operated primarily as a distributor of independently produced films.

The February lineup will also feature masterworks from a number of smaller studios that dealt in lower budgets, the so-called “Poverty Row” studios like Republic and Monogram Pictures, both domestic and foreign, including Ealing Studios and Otto Preminger Films. In addition, the lineup includes films from studios that challenged traditional Hollywood, like Seven Arts Productions and Embassy
Pictures Inc., or that found success in the corporate Hollywood of the 1980s, like Touchstone Pictures.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR Video Promo:

31 DAYS OF OSCAR – Oscar by Studio

The following is a rundown of studios featured in TCM's 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, along with some of their films being presented by TCM. A complete printable schedule is available at

Taylor & Burton at Warner Bros.Feb. 1-5: Warner Bros. – Films include The Jazz Singer (1927), The Public Enemy (1931), 42nd Street (1933), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Casablanca (1942), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), My Fair Lady (1964).

Feb. 5: Allied Artists – Films include Friendly Persuasion (1956), Billy Budd (1962), Cabaret (1972) and Papillon (1973).

Feb. 6: Seven Arts Productions – Films include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), Lolita (1962), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and The Night of the Iguana (1964).   

Feb. 6-7: Universal – Films include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Imitation of Life (1934), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Naked City (1948), The Sting (1973) and The Deer Hunter (1978).  

Feb. 7: Svensk Filmindustri – Films include Wild Strawberries (1957), The Virgin Spring (1960), My Life as a Dog (1987).
Feb. 7: Lux Film
 – Films include Bitter Rice (1949), Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) and the TCM premiere of I Compagni (1963).

Feb. 8-10: Twentieth Century-Fox – Films include The Rains Came (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), The Robe (1953), Hello, Dolly! (1969) and Cocoon (1985).   

Feb. 11-13: RKO Radio Pictures –
Films include Cimarron (1931), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Alice Adams (1935), Love Affair (1939), Citizen Kane (1941), Notorious (1946) and The Brave One (1956).

Feb. 14: Filmways – Films include The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Sandpiper (1965) and Ice Station Zebra (1968)

Feb. 14: Selznick International - A Star Is Born (1937), Gone With the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945).  

Feb. 15-19: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
 – Films include The Broadway Melody (1929), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Gigi (1958), Ben-Hur (1959), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Victor/Victoria (1982).

Feb. 19-21: Paramount Pictures – Films include Wings (1927), The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), The Lady Eve (1941), Going My Way (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), A Place in the Sun (1951) and Alfie (1966).

Feb. 20: Sol Lesser Productions – Films include Way Down South (1939), That Uncertain Feeling (1941) and Stage Door Canteen (1943). 

Feb. 20: Cinerama Productions –
 Films include This Is Cinerama (1952), How the West Was Won (1962) and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962).

Feb. 21: Walter Wanger Productions – Films include Stagecoach (1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940) and Foreign Correspondent (1940).

Gene Kelly at ColumbiaFeb. 22-25: Columbia Pictures – Films include The Awful Truth (1937), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), All the King’s Men (1949), From Here To Eternity (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), Easy Rider (1969), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Feb. 25: Touchstone Pictures – Films include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Dead Poets Society (1989).

Feb. 26: Hal Roach Studios – Films include Topper (1937), Merrily We Live (1938), Captain Fury (1939) and One Million B.C. (1940).

Feb. 26-27: The Samuel Goldwyn Company/Samuel Goldwyn Productions – Films include Dodsworth (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Wuthering Heights (1939), Ball of Fire (1941), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Guys and Dolls (1955).

Feb. 27: Alexander Korda Films – Films include That Hamilton Woman (1941), Lydia (1941) and The Jungle Book (1942).

Feb. 27: London Film Productions – Films include The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), The Four Feathers (1939), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and The Third Man (1949).

Feb. 28: Ealing Studios – Films include The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955)

Feb. 28: Otto Preminger Films – Films include The Moon Is Blue (1953), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) and The Cardinal (1955).

Feb. 28: Embassy Pictures Corporation – Films include The Graduate (1967), The Producers (1968), The Lion in Winter (1968) and Carnal Knowledge (1971).

March 1-3: United Artists – Films include The Circus (1928), Red River (1948), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), West Side Story (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Annie Hall (1977).

Cassaddee Pope Wins The Voice

Pope with Blake Shelton.

NBC’s “The Voice” named Cassadee Pope as the winner of the popular vocal competition series’ third cycle in last night’s live results show and season finale, earning Pope the grand prize of a recording contract with Universal Republic Records.
Pope, from Team Blake, beat out fellow finalists Terry McDermott (who came in second place) and Nicholas David (third place) -- all of whom performed on the December 18 finale.
The musician coaches are Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton.
Pope, from Los Angeles, is starting out fresh as a solo artist after touring with her pop/rock band, Hey Monday. She plays guitar as well as some bass, drums and violin and prides herself on knowing a "surprising amount of 1980s rock music." In her spare time, Pope enjoys her hobbies of cooking, hiking and writing. Follow her on Twitter @CassadeePope and on Facebook:
McDermott, from New Orleans, La., was on Team Blake. Originally from Scotland, McDermott moved to the United States years ago with his band, Driveblind, but now he's trying to make it as a solo artist. His favorite song is "Imagine" by John Lennon. McDermott is a huge soccer enthusiast and currently lives in New Orleans with his wife and son. Follow McDermott on Twitter @TerryMacMusic and on Facebook:
David is from St. Paul, Minn. and was on Team CeeLo. Formerly overweight, David fell into bad habits when he began performing with a country band after college. After meeting his dream girl five years ago and finding a spiritual path, he has cleaned up his life and now raises their two children (with another on the way). Singing what he calls “heart music,” David continues to perform in nightly gigs. Follow David on Twitter @TheFeelin and on Facebook:
“The Voice” returns for a new fourth cycle of new shows on March 25, 2013.
“The Voice” is a presentation of One Three Media (a Hearst/Mark Burnett company), Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sean Hayes Brings New Game Show to NBC

NBC has ordered “Hollywood Game Night,” a new hour-long game show series from Emmy Award-winning actor/producer Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace,” “Hot in Cleveland”), based on his real-life "game nights," featuring A-list celebrities hanging out and living it up in a cocktail party atmosphere.

In the series which has an eight-episode order, two contestants in each episode will be transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with the celebrity crowd. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series promises viewers a fresh look into the lives of the rich and famous.

The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

“We are proud to be in business with Sean Hayes, who creatively brings so many good ideas such as this new game show romp that will be raucous and entertaining,” said Telegdy. “Our audience will feel as if they are part of the party as we pull back the curtain on how today’s Hollywood stars play at home while our contestants can earn big money.”

At the end, one of the two contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories for friends and family back home. Featuring well-known names from the world of television, film, sports and politics, among other entities, this isn't a typical game show -- it's a peek behind the curtain of the Hollywood scene and a chance to hang out for a night with a group of your favorite celebrities.

“Hollywood Game Night” is produced by Hazy Mills Productions (NBC’s “Grimm,” “Hot in Cleveland, “Soul Man”), Mission Control Media (Syfy's "Face Off"), and Universal Television. Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are the executive producers.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Return for All My Children and One Life to Live? is reporting that Prospect Park, the production company that bought the online rights to broadcast the departed ABC soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live, will indeed bring the shows back after a long delay.  Production may begin next year.

The report says Prospect Park (the company behind Royal Pains on the USA network) has signed deals with the actors union and the directors guild to begin production in the first quarter of 2013.   We still don't know what that means for the writers because there is no clear report about a deal with the Writer's Guild.

What remains to be seen is how many actors will sign on with the new production company.  It's also not known if they'll be offered the same rate of pay they had when they worked for ABC.  Some actors have found work on other soaps and even in prime time.   Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson are playing their “One Life to Live” characters on “General Hospital.”

All My Children left the airwaves in September 2011 after 41 years; One Life to Live ended in January of this year after 44 seasons.

In November 2011, the heads of Prospect Park, Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, released the following statement:

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive One Life to Live and All My Children via online distribution. We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution. ... In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion."

As most soap fans know, All My Children was replaced by The Chew, a low-rated talk show about food.  One Life to Live's time slot was initially taken over by The Revolution, which failed in a matter of months.  General Hospital now airs at 2 pm on ABC, followed by Katie! with Katie Couric, now in the old GH spot.

CBS Mid-Season Schedule

Golden Boy, a new CBS entry.
CBS announced mid-season premiere dates for the new drama GOLDEN BOY and the seventh season return of the comedy RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.

The Network also announced the premiere dates of the spring editions of SURVIVOR and THE AMAZING RACE and the season finale of CSI: NY.

As the halfway point of the season approaches, CBS is once again America's most-watched network, leading second-place ABC by +2.55 million viewers. The Network has eight of the top 10 scripted series including NCIS, the top drama, and THE BIG BANG THEORY, the #1 comedy in both viewers and adults 18-49.

For mid-season, CBS will introduce the new drama GOLDEN BOY, which debuts with two special previews on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, both nights) before moving to its regular Friday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 8.

GOLDEN BOY is about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop (Theo James) who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. The series explores the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it as he is mentored by his partner, an experienced veteran detective (Chi McBride).

VEGAS, the #2 new series of the season, will return to its Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 12. CSI: NY will have its season finale on Friday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT returns with its seventh season premiere on Monday, Feb. 4 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

The spring edition of SURVIVOR, hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst, premieres Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), while the spring edition of THE AMAZING RACE, hosted by Phil Keoghan, premieres Sunday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).
Monday, Effective Feb. 4
8:30-9:00 PM RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (7th Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & MOLLY
10:00-11:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0

Wednesday, Effective Feb. 13
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR (26th Edition premiere)

Sunday, Effective Feb. 17
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (22nd Edition Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST

Tuesday, Feb. 26
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
10:00-11:00 PM GOLDEN BOY (Special Preview)

Tuesday, March 5

8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
10:00-11:00 PM GOLDEN BOY (Special Preview)

Friday, Effective March 8
9:00-10:00 PM GOLDEN BOY (Time Period Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

GOLDEN BOY stars Theo James, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany and Stella Maeve. Greg Berlanti and Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton ("NYPD Blue") are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT stars Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich, David Spade and Adhir Kalyan. Tom Hertz, Doug Robinson, Mike Sikowitz, Dan Kopelman and Vanessa McCarthy are executive producers for Happy Madison Productions and CBS Television Studios with Sony Pictures Television.

Friday, December 14, 2012

American Idol Wraps Gifts for Free and Collects for the Red Cross

AMERICAN IDOL is ringing in the holiday season with a gift for viewers.

One of a number of American Itol
wrapping paper selections to be
available at malls around
the U.S.
 From Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Monday, Dec. 24, AMERICAN IDOL will provide complimentary gift wrapping in local shopping centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. At the festive stations, shoppers can have their purchases wrapped in exclusive IDOL-themed paper and watch clips and exclusive AMERICAN IDOL content. Former IDOL contestants, including Bo Bice, Brooke White and Anthony Fedorov, among others, will stop by the gift wrapping stations to spread some holiday cheer (appearance schedules to be announced).

In the spirit of the season, The American Red Cross will be on-site in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta to collect donations for Hurricane Sandy relief. At the wrapping stations, American Red Cross representatives will be available to collect cash donations, but also to help shoppers donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. 

“The American Red Cross is very grateful to FOX and AMERICAN IDOL for their support as we work to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Jennifer Niyangoda, Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Program at The American Red Cross. “Disaster recovery can seem overwhelming and we appreciate all the support by the American people to help us reach those who need us most.”

Shoppers can find these festive AMERICAN IDOL gift wrapping stations at the following times and locations:

NEW YORK:  The Westchester – 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY 10601
          Hours: Dec. 18-23: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM;     Dec. 24: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

     LOS ANGELES:   The Beverly Center – 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
         Hours:   Dec. 18-23: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM;     Dec. 24: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

  CHICAGO:   Orland Square – 288 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park, IL 60462
         Hours:   Dec. 18-23: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM;   Dec. 24: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

     DALLAS:   Grapevine Mills – 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine, TX 76051
         Hours:   Dec. 18-23: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM;     Dec. 24: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  ATLANTA:    Lenox Square – 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
         Hours:   Dec. 18-23: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM;     Dec. 24: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

AMERICAN IDOL returns for a remarkable 12th season with the two-night season premiere Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hosted by the inimitable Ryan Seacrest,  AMERICAN IDOL’s new judging panel includes returning judge Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering IDOL talent from the beginning, as well as three new judges: global superstar and the best-selling female recording artist of all time Mariah Carey; quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj; and Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums. 
AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers. “Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol.

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FOX Winter Premiere Dates

FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL and the debut of THE FOLLOWING. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, AMERICAN IDOL makes its Season 12 return on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, in a special two-hour episode, Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New psychological drama THE FOLLOWING, starring Kevin Bacon, starts thrilling on Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). And don’t miss a special 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new series, INSIDE THE FOLLOWING, airing Saturday, Jan. 19 (12:00-12:30 AM ET/PT).

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, ANIMATION DOMINATION returns with all-new episodes of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Brand-new episodes of THE CLEVELAND SHOW rejoin the ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup beginning Sunday, Jan. 13 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT).

The laughs continue on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8 with all-new episodes of RAISING HOPE (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BEN AND KATE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). 

Find out which celebrities will score a “Perfect 10” and which ones will belly-flop in the all-new two-hour special “STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE,” airing  Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

FRINGE hurtles toward its epic conclusion with its penultimate episode Friday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before its highly anticipated two-hour series finale and 100th episode Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). BONES digs up new cases with a special two-hour return Monday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and GLEE sings its way back to the stage Thursday, Jan. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following AMERICAN IDOL. Gordon Ramsay turns up the heat on restaurant owners when KITCHEN NIGHTMARES fires back up Friday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

On Friday, Feb. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), don’t miss the two-hour second season premiere of TOUCH, starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland.  The series moves into its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

(Times for All-New episodes are ET/PT except as noted;
Programs in bold denote Winter Premieres)

Sunday, Jan. 6
4:00 PM-CC ET live/
8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

Tuesday, Jan. 8
8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE
8:30-9:00 PM              BEN AND KATE
9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

Wednesday, Jan. 9
8:00-10:00 PM            STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE (Two-Hour Special Event)

Friday, Jan. 11
8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (encore)
9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

Sunday, Jan. 13
7:30-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

Monday, Jan. 14
8:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Two-Hour Winter Premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 16
8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Thursday, Jan. 17
8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Special Two-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)

Friday, Jan. 18
8:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE (100th Episode and Two-Hour Series Finale)

Saturday, Jan. 19
12:00-12:30 AM          INSIDE THE FOLLOWING (30-Minute Special)

Monday, Jan. 21       
8:00-9:00 PM              BONES
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Series Premiere)

Thursday, Jan. 24
8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM            GLEE

Friday, Jan. 25
8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (encore)

Friday, Feb. 8
8:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (Two-Hour Season Premiere)