"American Idol" (FOX) Wednesday, January 19
This is a list for new shows. "American Idol" is not a new show. But we're approaching "American Idol" as a new show this spring because of how many unknowable variables are suddenly at play. How much will we miss Simon Cowell? How will Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez do as judges? How will Randy Jackson take to his default position as Alpha Judge? What impact will the return of Nigel Lythgoe have? What impact will the various changes in rules and format have? Will Jimmy Iovine bring any credibility as In-House Mentor? And how will airing on Wednesday and Thursday nights impact ratings for what remains TV's most popular show among young viewers?