1.27.2009: 'Idol,' 'Scrubs,' Shatner!

The judges of 'American Idol'

hide captionAmerican Idol: The more things change, the more they stay the same, especially for the poor judges.

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In this extra-special week, American Idol is on not once, not twice, but three times, starting tonight. Will there be shattered dreams? Stupid costumes? Self-indulgent caterwauling? Oh, I think there will be. (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Elmo (yes, Elmo the Muppet) visits Sacred Heart on this week's first episode of Scrubs, called "My ABCs." The 9:30 p.m. episode is called "My Cookie Pants," which I originally suspected would somehow tie into the Muppet theme, but if not, I suppose it actually has something to do with cookie pants, which certainly sounds provocative. (ABC, 9 p.m.)

I'm not sure to do with the fact that Fran Drescher is tonight's guest on Biography's show Shatner's Raw Nerve, which is hosted by...well, you know. Shatner and The Nanny? Shatner and The Nanny? That should be quite a conversation. (Biography, 10 p.m.)

Philippe Petit, the unicycling wire-walker of Man On Wire, is Stephen Colbert's guest tonight on The Colbert Report. That's just genius, is what that is. (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.)

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