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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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From left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. are seen during the panel of "American Idol" at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The producers of the show say the new season includes changes to freshen it, including an expanded song list for contestants. Executive producer Per Blankens said Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, that the show's song list, which has included a fair share of golden oldies, will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Thursday on TV: My hotel neighbor, Harry Connick Jr., is great on 'Idol'

Auditions continue on American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13). And it's worth repeating - I actually really enjoyed the two-hour season premiere. And I haven't enjoyed watching this show in years. Many years.

Harry Connick Jr. is fantastic as the newest "Idol" judge. He's not just funny and charming, but he really knows what he's talking about. And the chemistry among Connick, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban is really good.

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By the way, Connick stayed in the hotel room next to mine the other night. And I fell asleep with the TV on and the volume turned up too much. Hope it didn't bother you, Harry,

Elsewhere on TV ...

Men's college basketball: BYU at San Francisco (6 p.m., ESPNU); USC at Utah (8 p.m., P12N)

Community (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The group is grilled after Pierce's death.

Parks and Recreation (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie and Ben start new jobs.

Sean Saves the World (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Lorna goes on a juice cleanse. Wow, that sounds hilarious ...

Ground Floor (8 and 10 p.m., TBS): Brody has to choose between his professional life and his love life.

The Michael J. Fox Show (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Annie and Mike try to make new friends.

The Assets (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The investigations leads to Vienna.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Camille finally returns home from Italy.

White Collar (10 p.m., USA): Peter and Neal go after an assassin.



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