The 20 Must-See Shows of the 2012 Winter TV Season

Our picks include '30 Rock,' 'American Idol,' 'Smash,' 'Mad Men' and more
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American Idol
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'American Idol' (Fox, 1/18)

American Idol reinvented itself last year with the replacement of lead judge Simon Cowell with the superstar combo of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Since that went over well, there's a lot less pressure on the show as it enters its 10th season, though it will be interesting to see if the new judges can keep up that momentum as the series finishes up its first decade on the air.

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