Oh, Paula, how we’ve missed you.
Translation: You are officially booked from Jan. 11-13 — at least during primetime hours — but you can venture off the couch thereafter.
As previously (and rather controversially) announced, this season’s Idol will be just a tad different: Singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi has been added to the talent show as a fourth judge, alongside incumbents Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. And reportedly, less time will be spent on the bad auditions and more time on the Hollywood tryouts.
Among other interesting tidbits to emerge on Thursday was news that House will be moving to Monday nights (instead of Tuesdays) starting Jan. 19, airing just before 24’s regular timeslot — thus packing the strongest one-two ratings punch since, well, Idol and House aired back-to-back on Tuesdays last season.