NPR logo 1.28.2009: 'American Idol,' 'Lost,' 'Top Chef'

1.28.2009: 'American Idol,' 'Lost,' 'Top Chef'

Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef: Presumably, the inclusion of a Packers helmet in a challenge related to the Super Bowl is ironic. Bravo hide caption

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Oh, it's not over yet. Tonight, the endless American Idol audition process continues, and we've been promised Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City and an obscure but hopeful Osmond, of...well, of Osmond fame. They're everywhere, I tell you, those Osmonds. (Fox, 8:00 p.m.)

It appears that there is genuinely no special reason for the primetime broadcast of the CBS News With Katie Couric except to give people an opportunity to see what they're missing at 6:30 every night. Presumably, they're trying to grab the end of the Sarah Palin interview tail as it goes by, but it looks an awful lot like filling time. (CBS, 8:00 p.m.)

I have seriously disrupted my own Lost viewing by seeing a bunch of episodes out of order, but tonight's "Jughead," which follows last week's much-discussed two-hour season premiere, is a good one. It's got a lot more Desmond than you saw last week, and he tends to have the time-skipping-est storylines, so bring your compass and prepare to be confused. (ABC, 9:00 p.m.)

Robert Iler, who played A.J. on The Sopranos, guest stars on tonight's Law & Order. Call me crazy, but it always seems like that kid is up to no good. (NBC, 10:00 p.m.)

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Last week's "Restaurant Wars" was kind of a dud episode of Top Chef; maybe they'll do better with this week's "Super Bowl Chef Showdown." I don't even know what homemade food is appropriate for the Super Bowl; the party I attend relies on huge amounts of Popeye's chicken. Maybe the whole episode is about ordering takeout? (Bravo, 10:00 p.m.)