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January 17, 2012 |  3:19 pm

American Idol

The ground-breaking unscripted series "American Idol" returns for its 11th season Wednesday.

“Extra” 12:30 p.m., Wednesday NBC: The Golden Globes; Jennifer Lopez; Oprah Winfrey.

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Auditions No. 1: Savannah : (Season Premiere) Hopefuls perform for the judges in Savannah, Ga. (N)

“Jennifer Hudson” 10:30 p.m., Wednesday E!: Jennifer Hudson discusses her life from the joys of being a mother, her upcoming wedding and extreme weight loss to the death of her own mother.

“Rachael Ray” 8 a.m., Thursday KCAL: Jennifer Hudson. (N)

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m., Thursday NBC: Adam Lambert performs. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Thursday Fox: Auditions No. 2: Pittsburgh : Hopefuls perform for the judges. (N)

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m., Friday NBC: Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson; comic Sarah Colonna; Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Randy Jackson perform. (N)

“Biography” 7 a.m., Saturday Biography: Kelly Clarkson : Singer Kelly Clarkson.

“American Idol” 7 p.m., Sunday Fox: Auditions No. 3 : Hopefuls perform for the judges. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Auditions No. 4 : Hopefuls perform for the judges. (N)

“Behind the Music” Midnight, Wednesday VH1: Jennifer Hudson : Jennifer Hudson finds success in spite of an early elimination from “American Idol.”

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: 'American Idol' Steven Tyler, left, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox