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'American Idol' returns with new judges at a new network home Two years isn't a long absence for a show that supposedly ended, but "American Idol" is back. The most notable differences as the singing competition returns? A new network, since after its 15 seasons on Fox, it begins its ABC run Sunday, March 11; and a new panel of top music stars as judges, with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie now handling those roles. Still, many of the show's essential elements have been retained, including Ryan Seacrest as host. "It's different, obviously, because of these personalities," notes Seacrest, who also will continue his weekday "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host duties, "but the show, at its core, works in format and works in premise. We go out. We look for young, talented people. They see the judges. (Those chosen) come back to Hollywood and then, they have to step up. To change the show drastically in terms of format, I think, would be a mistake." The first celebrity signed for the new "Idol," Perry was a guest judge on the earlier version and has scored a major payday – reportedly, $25 million – for joining the program full-time. " 'American Idol' and I have always been circling each other," she says, "and it just hasn't been the right timing. And now, after ten years and a lot of aging and learning and providence, I can take all that information and really mentor and give constructive criticism, because that's really what we do. We're here to really find a star and, if someone isn't a star, we delicately help repurpose them on the path that's going to be good for them." Richie also likes using his experience to benefit new talents. Explaining that he's been asked to do projects offering career advice, the winner of four Grammy Awards and an Oscar admits he considered turning "American Idol" down ... "and then I realized, '(It's about) reaching people.' "The beautiful part about this is the judging. We're artists, and we know exactly how to critique talent, so all the things that I was going to put in my video and my CD and my master class, I'm actually going to be able to tell the 'students' in person. I consider myself the instructor, basically." For Bryan, signing up for "American Idol" came down to a simple gut reaction. "I just felt like it was going to be a blast to be a part of," he reflects. "I've had the opportunity to do some TV stuff through the years and turned it down, because I always focused on touring in my little kind of country-music world that I just kind of figured out. "And then, 'American Idol' happens, and I jumped right on it. It was never a moment's thought for me, because I get inspired (by it). I'm in there on the emotional ride with these kids." Lionel Richie (left), Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are the new judges on "American Idol," which begins its ABC run Sunday. BY JAY BOBBIN March 10 - 16, 2018 2 JOHNSON CITY (TN) PRESS cover story this week Cable Conversion Guide Charter Comcast Charter Mt. City Direct TV Dish Network 2 WETP – PBS 2 2 2 – – 4 WCYP– DT2 – CW 4 11 4 6 28 5 WCYB – NBC 5 5 5 5 5 11 WJHL – CBS 11 6 11 11 11 19 WKPT – MyTV 6 9 9 19 19 30 WAPK – MyTV 182 232 182 36 36 39 WEMT – FOX 10 7 10 39 39 68 WLFG – IND 8 3 8 68 68 A&E Arts & Ent. 46 35 46 265 118 AMC Am. Movie Classics 58 47 58 254 131 ANPL Animal Planet 52 53 52 282 184 BET Black Ent. 60 38 60 329 124 CMT Country Music TV 68 41 68 327 166 CNBC CNBC 39 31 39 355 208 CNN CNN 41 28 41 202 200 COMC Comedy Central 65 49 65 249 107 CSPAN CSPAN 19 19 19 350 210 DISC Discovery 47 26 47 278 182 DISN Disney Channel 54 136 54 290 172 E! E! Ent. News 23 33 23 236 114 ESPN ESPN 31 13 31 206 140 ESPN2 ESPN2 32 42 32 209 143 FNC Fox News Channel 43 32 43 360 205 FOOD Food Network 50 70 50 231 110 FREE Freeform 53 36 53 311 180 FSS Fox Sports South 33 – 33 676 416 FX FX 30 51 30 248 136 GOLF Golf Channel 35 30 35 218 401 HALL Hallmark Channel 89 137 89 312 185 HGTV Home & Garden TV 51 40 51 229 112 HIST History Channel 44 126 44 269 120 HLN Headline News 42 29 42 204 202 LIFE Lifetime 25 54 25 252 108 MSNBC MSNBC 40 185 40 356 209 MTV Music Television 66 52 66 331 160 NICK Nickelodeon 55 56 55 299 170 QVC QVC 13 12 13 275 137 OXY Oxygen 61 123 61 251 127 SPIKE Spike TV 64 24 64 241 241 SYFY Syfy 63 50 63 244 122 TBS WTBS – Superchannel 27 25 27 247 139 TCM Turner Classic Movies 59 – 59 256 132 TLC The Learning Channel 26 39 26 280 183 TNT Turner Network TV 28 27 28 245 138 TOON Cartoon Network 56 60 56 296 176 TRAVEL Travel Channel 49 260 49 277 196 TRUTV Tru TV 45 54 45 246 242 TVLAND TV Land 57 34 57 304 106 USA USA Network 29 37 29 242 105 VH1 Video Hits 1 67 46 67 335 162 WGNA WGN America 18 8 18 307 239 +%2 +RPH%R[2IÀFH MAX Cinemax 549 320 549 515 310 SHOW Showtime 561 340 561 545 318 TMC The Movie Channel 598 350 598 553 327 STZENC Starz Encore 644 150 644 535 340

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