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Around the remote: ‘American Idol’ hopes to hit high notes

From left, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan in New York. Richie, Perry and Bryan are the judges on the next season of “American Idol,” premiering tonight on ABC. (Eric Liebowitz / ABC)
From left, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan in New York. Richie, Perry and Bryan are the judges on the next season of “American Idol,” premiering tonight on ABC. (Eric Liebowitz / ABC)

DON’T MISS: “American Idol” – Less than two years after its swan song, the show that gave us Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson … and, yes, William Hung, is back on a new network, with a new set of judges. But can it hit the Nielsen high notes again? Now, it’s up to pop star Katy Perry, R&B legend Lionel Richie and country music standout Luke Bryan to find a fresh crop of singers who can actually carry a tune. (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC).

Other bets

SUNDAY: “American Dynasties: The Kennedys” is a six-part documentary series that goes behind the public image of America’s “First Family,” to reveal how personal relationships within the Kennedy clan helped shape national and global events from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the struggle for civil rights legislation. Martin Sheen narrates. (9 p.m., CNN).

SUNDAY: Will the lighthearted new crime drama “Deception” make ratings magic, or just disappear before we know it? The series follows a superstar illusionist (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who relies on his bag of tricks to help the FBI catch crafty criminals. (10 p.m., ABC).

SUNDAY: “Timeless,” a time-travel drama that was canceled after its first season, but then revived – thanks to fan demand – finally returns. In the opener, Wyatt and Rufus drop in on a French battlefront during World War I. There, they learn that Lucy has recruited Marie Curie (guest star Kim Bubbs) to help save an American soldier’s life. (10 p.m., NBC).

MONDAY: In its second season, the drama series “Mary Kills People” continues to follow Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), an ER doctor by day and an underground angel of death by night. She secretly helps to euthanize terminally ill patients who want to die on their own terms. (9 p.m., Lifetime.)

TUESDAY: “Rise” is a heartfelt new high school musical drama. Josh Radnor plays a stuck-in-a-rut English teacher (Josh Radnor) who is given a chance to take over the school’s lackluster theater department. He winds up galvanizing not only the faculty and students, but the entire working-class town. (10 p.m., NBC).

TUESDAY: Are you ready for another legal drama from Shondaland? “For the People” is set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling high-profile federal cases. (10 p.m., ABC).

WEDNESDAY: Tonight’s episode of “The X-Files” isn’t for the squeamish. While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious and creepy cult that engages in some macabre rituals. (8 p.m., Fox).

THURSDAY: In the Season 4 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” Annalise and her inner circle deal with the aftermath of a suspicious death that culminates with a shocking arrest. (10 p.m., ABC).

FRIDAY: “On My Block” is a new coming-of-age comedy co-created by “Awkward” showrunner Lauren Iungerich. It follows four bright and street-savvy pals as they navigate their way through high school life in South Central Los Angeles. (Netflix).

SATURDAY: “Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World” is a six-part series that has the renown journalist traveling the globe to meet everyday individuals who are shaping the idea of modern love. In the opener, she seeks insight into what women in Tokyo are seeking in terms of sexual satisfaction and intimacy. (10 p.m., CNN.)


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