"American Idol" (FOX, January 15)
No matter what you may have heard, this isn't The Last Stand of "American Idol." Or at least it isn't necessarily the Last Stand. However, FOX is putting a lot of effort into making it clear that the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. is actually fully functional. How much do they like each other? They're hugging in gallery photos! So if you were turned off by last year's bicker-fest between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, this could represent "Idol" redemption. And while last season's talent tilted heavily in favor of females and ended a problematic juggernaut of white male winners, FOX's trailers have not-so-subtly included more than a few White Guys With Guitars, just in case the absence of that beloved subset let to last season's reduced ratings.
- Daniel Fienberg