TV Buzz: FOX’s ‘American Idol,’ ‘Touch,’ ‘The Following’ Premiere Dates Announced; MTV’s ‘Snooki & JWoww’ Returns in January

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Get ready! Season 12 of American Idol featuring judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson will premiere in a two-night event on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17. The Kiefer Sutherland fronted Touch will have its second season premiere on Friday, Feb 1 at 9 PM. The highly anticipated new series from Kevin Williamson, The Following, will premiere on Monday, Jan. 21. The Following stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. [FOX]

Though MTV’s Jersey Shore is currently airing its final season, Snooki & JWoww will be back in the winter. Season 2 of their spinoff will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 PM. This season will be supersized as all 12 episodes will be an hour long. On the second season, we’ll get an inside look into Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi preparing for her son Lorenzo and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley getting engaged. [MTV]

The Bravermans have done it! NBC’s Parenthood beat both CBS’ Vegas and ABC’s Private Practice in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 1.9 rating. The only show to beat the drama in the 10 o’clock hour was FOX’s makeup broadcast of The X Factor. Meanwhile, the premieres of ABC’s Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 were both down from their previous season premieres. FOX’s New Girl took the gold in the demographic at 9 PM while Go On had the most overall viewers with 6.4 million viewers. [TVLine]

Season 4 of Arrested Development just got sweeter. On an appearance on Conan, funny man Will Arnett revealed that Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter will both be popping up on the show. The comedy, which will air on Netflix in the spring, will also see guest appearances from John Slattery, Carl Weathers and Isla Fisher. [TV Guide]

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