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January 11, 2012 |  7:30 pm

American Idol

The ground-breaking unscripted series "American Idol" returns for its 11th season on Wednesday, Jan. 18.


“Oprah's Next Chapter” 6 p.m., Sunday January 15, OWN: Steven Tyler : Oprah visits Steven Tyler at his New Hampshire home.

“True Hollywood Story” 9 p.m., Sunday January 15, KDOC: Simon Cowell : “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

“Top Gear” 5 and 8:30 p.m., Monday January 16, BBC America: Toyota's Hilux pickup; Alfa Romeo 166; Mercedes 190E; VW Corrado; Simon Cowell is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

“Pawn Stars” 8:30 p.m., Monday January 16, History: Smells Like Pawn Spirit : A harmonica that once belonged to Steven Tyler.

“In Performance at the White House” 10 p.m., Monday January 16, KOCE: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement : A concert celebrates Black History Month; performers include Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

“The E! True Hollywood Story” 8 a.m., Tuesday January 17, E!: Steven Tyler and his daughter, actress Liv Tyler.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m., Tuesday January 17, NBC: Steven Tyler; Timothy Olyphant. (N)

“Behind the Music” 5:30 p.m., Tuesday January 17, VH1: Jennifer Hudson finds success in spite of an early elimination from “American Idol.”

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m., Tuesday January 17, NBC: Sam Worthington; comic Shepherd; Adam Lambert performs. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday January 18, Fox: Auditions No. 1: (Season Premiere) Hopefuls perform for the judges in Savannah, Ga. (N)

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m., Thursday January 19, NBC: Rob Lowe; Adam Lambert performs. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Thursday January 19, Fox: Auditions No. 2: Hopefuls perform for the judges in Pittsburgh, Pa. (N)

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m., Friday January 20, NBC: “American Idol” judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson; Ryan Seacrest; Sarah Colonna. (N)

“Biography” 7 a.m., Saturday January 21, Biography: Kelly Clarkson.

“Movie: The Back-up Plan” * (2010) 11:15 a.m., Saturday January 21, TMC: (PG-13) Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin. A single woman meets the man of her dreams on the same day she becomes pregnant through artificial insemination.

“Movie: The Wedding Planner” ** (2001) 6 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday January 21, Oxygen: (PG-13) Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey. A lonely organizer falls for an engaged pediatrician while coordinating his wedding and reception.

“Movie: Monster-in-Law” ** (2005) 8:30 p.m., Saturday January 21, Oxygen: (PG-13) Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda. A woman fights back when her fiance's shrewish mother tries to destroy their relationship.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

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

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