American Idol 4 debuts January 18.

American Idol 4 debuts January 18.
American Idol will return to FOX in mid-January, debuting with three weeks worth of audition episodes. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., and continuing the next evening at 9 p.m., audition episodes will air on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The semifinal rounds, which have already been taped, will air on Feb. 8, 9, 15, and 16. Then, more than a month after the first episode airs, viewer voting will finally begin.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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