American Idol’s return was pretty much business as usual except for a couple of things. There’s a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi and she seems like she’s got a level head on her. I was afraid that DioGuardi had been too sweet the first time out, but she knows what she’s looking for and that’s a good thing.
I still think American Idol judges, including DioGuardi, were terribly mean to a few people who didn’t deserve it. But overall, Fox made good on their word to limit the truly horrible performances on American Idol. I saw a couple of kids in the Idol pack that could go all the way — new haircut, new clothes, a little training and the winner might be one of the first chosen to go to Hollywood.
On the heavier side, I watched NCIS and The Mentalist. NCIS in particular was tough to watch as Ducky was accused of war crimes. David McCallum is a wonderful actor and seeing him play such a dark place was very distressing. A great performance but I prefer his more lighthearted side.
There was magic in the air on The Mentalist as they tracked down the murderer of a football star. Lots of red herrings in this one including an is-she or isn’t-she witch! Good episode.
Tonight On TV — Tuesday, January 13
The ratings were down for Idol. But still look for Fox to sweep the night with night two of the premiere of American Idol.
ABC is devoting the entire evening to the Lost season finale to get you ready for the show’s return.
NBC has the second part of last week’s Knight Rider. Law & Order: SVU is a rerun and then it’s a new Law & Order.
The CW has a new 13-Fear is Real and that’s followed by a rerun of 90210.
CBS is all new with The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
Over on cable
Top Chef: New York visits the country tonight on Bravo. Check out our clip below!
Damages is new on FX as is Ghost Hunters International on SCI FI.
Rufus Wainwright performs on Sundance’s Spectacle and it’s time to Clean House for another family on Style.
News and notable
So You Think You Can Dance is preparing to hold auditions for their new season. Get the details at fox.com/dance.
In the ‘how time flies’ category — February 2 will mark the 100th episode of House.
Fox is also planning a big celebration for the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons.
Animal Planet is working on a new series about killer fish. Yes, really.
They also have Beverly Hills Groomer, a docu-drama about, you guessed it, a Beverly Hills dog groomer.
Today’s clip: Top Chef
American Idol: Randy Jackson (L), Kara DioGuardi (second from L), Paula Abdul (third from L) and Simon Cowell (R). Cr: Michael Becker/FOX
CSI: NY: Help — Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Det. Jessica Angell (Emmanuelle Vaugier) investigate the death of a young shopper. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS