Best Bets: "American Idol" and "Southland" on TV; "Haywire" and "Red Tails" at the movies
(CBS) Get ready, TV watchers.
The 11th season of "American Idol," America's top-rated regularly scheduled TV show, debuts on Wednesday.
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson return as judges and Ryan Seacrest is back as host. What's new is a crop of fresh-faced hopefuls, looking to emerge as the star when the season ends in May.
Mid-season replacements continue to roll out as well. The team that gave us "Lost" returns Monday with "Alcatraz," a prison thriller on Fox. Also premiering that night on SyFy is "Lost Girl," based on a Canadian show about paranormals.
The crime drama "Justified' launches its third season Tuesday on FX. It won't have Emmy winner Margo Martindale, but it will have newcomer Carla Guigno.
Also on Tuesday, the acclaimed Los Angeles police procedural "Southland" starts a fourth season on TNT.
And finally, HBO debuts its prizefighting documentary "On Kenny Roach" on Saturday night. The biopic looks at a pugilist best known for training Manny Pacquiao.
On the big screen, look for the opening of Steven Soderbergh's movie "Haywire" about a black ops soldier seeking revenge. It stars Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.
Also opening this week is "Red Tails," a World War II drama about African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program (it stars Terrence Howard) and "Underworld Awakening" about the battle between humans and the Vampire and Lycan clans (it stars Kate Beckinsale).
Indie rockers Guided by Voices will release on Tuesday its first album since it reunited in 2010 for a world tour. Called "Let's Go Eat the Factory," the album features the single "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" which the group performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Sci-fi readers will be happy to see "Shadows in Flight," a novel by Orson Scott Card in the Ender's Game series, being published Tuesday.
Also hitting bookstore shelves this week are "The Flame Alphabet," a new novel by Ben Marcus that already has made several "best book" lists; "Revolution 2.0: A Memoir and Call to Action" by Wael Ghonim, the Internet activist who helped fuel the Arab Spring; and "The Rope," a new novel by pop writer Nevada Bar.
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