"American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox): Dig in your heels, America. From here on, all you'll hear about for the next five months is "American Idol." And why not? It has been among the top three most-watched
"American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox): Dig in your heels, America. From here on, all you'll hear about for the next five months is "American Idol." And why not? It has been among the top three most-watched prime-time shows in recent years. Sometimes its audience swells to more than 30 million viewers for a single episode. So, yes, anticipation is high. It's produced legitimate stars (Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson and country superstar of the moment Carrie Underwood) as well as those who are not so notable anymore (Diana DeGarmo and Justin Guarini). But for "Idol," it's always been more about the journey than the results.
Searching took place in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Birmingham, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York City and Seattle over the past few months. More than 100,000 hopefuls turned out, many of them horrendous singers. Auditions showing the worst of the worst and the best of the lot will air tonight, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30. The semi-final round (or the "Going to Hollywood" portion) will be seen Feb. 6-7 and Feb. 13-14. After that, it gets to the grittier elimination process where the finalists sing on "theme" nights to determine their worthiness. One singer is eliminated each week, complete with teary farewells and ferocious Internet debates on how unfair the elimination was. By May, a winner is chosen, and America can go back to breathing easy again.
"Frontline: Hand of God" (9 p.m., PBS): For one Massachusetts man, the sexual abuse scandal that recently rocked the Catholic Church is a personal one. Filmmaker Joe Cultrera chronicles the story of his brother Paul, who said he suffered serial abuse at the hands of a priest in the Boston archdiocese.
"The Real Housewives of Orange County" (10 p.m., Bravo): This reality show follows the lavish lives of real housewives living south of Los Angeles.