America’s #1 show returns for a two hour Atlanta audition episodes with guest judge Mary J. Blige at 8/7c on FOX. As you most likely know, Paula Abdul is no longer on the panel, and comedian Ellen Degeneres is in but you won’t see her with Simon, Kara, and Randy until Hollywood Week at the end of the month. Until then the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Chenoweth, and Shina Twain. Do I need to watch Idol? No, I am going to, Yes.
Also back tonight is Southland, the NBC semi-hit that well is no longer on NBC. TNT picked up the cancelled drama and begins airing the series beginning with Season 1, and then in March will start airing original season 2 episodes. To honor the series, 10 minutes of extra footage was added for a commercial free premiere and now that it is on cable, those bleeps are gone, and it makes for one great, exhilarting series that stars Ben McKensie, Michael Cudlitz, and a sublime Regina King.
Southland airs tonight on TNT at 10/9c.