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American Idol Season 12

Yes, it’s true. American Idol is still on the air and prepping for its 12th season. It’s kind of taken a back seat to some of the other music competition programs like The Voice and The X Factor, but I remain committed to the show.

Idol returns with a two-night premiere on Wed., Jan. 16 and Thurs., Jan. 17, both at 8 p.m. ET/PT. New judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will take their places, along with returning judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.

Other mid-season premiere dates: 

The Following, Mon., Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This psychological thriller looks promising. Created by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek, Scream franchise), it stars Kevin Bacon  and James Purefoy. Bacon plays ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy who’s called out of retirement to track down Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a devious and diabolical serial killer, and the mastermind behind an ever-growing web of killers. This has a little bit of a 24/The Killing vibe to it, and I love Kevin Bacon.

Touch, Fri., Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Take a look at my review of the show and season one DVD set. I highly recommend it, and if we get more people watching that means better ratings for the show, which means longevity! In season two, the action shifts from New York to Los Angeles, as single dad Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gifted son Jake (David Mazouz) find themselves at the center of a global conspiracy involving a mother in search of her missing teenage daughter. Joining the cast this season are Maria Bello, Lukas Haas, Said Taghmaoui and newcomer Saxon Sharbino. I can’t find a season two preview yet, but here’s a clip from season one.

Note: A premiere date for The Goodwin Games will be announced at a later date. It’s a single-camera comedy that follows three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death, and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune — if they adhere to their late father’s wishes.

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