Sunday brings an interesting battle between networks.
ABC has revived the most popular show in Fox history, so Fox has gone dumpster-diving in its own corporate landfill to come up with a competitive stunt. It's not a pretty sight.
You have to question the wisdom of exhuming "American Idol" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). It was the dominant series of the first decade of the 21st century and destroyed all competition.
But that was a long time ago. "Idol" was a hit for an earlier generation of TV watchers. It may have been the last big hit before digital streaming and YouTube changed viewing habits.
Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will judge the new "Idol," or the 16th season, depending on your point of view. Ryan Seacrest returns to host.
Perry and Richie are so overfamiliar that they often resemble animatronic versions of themselves.
Country singer/songwriter Bryan brings a folksy twang to the proceedings, but seems to be an obvious nod to Blake Shelton's presence on "The Voice," which has since eclipsed "Idol."
Long a symbol of the bland, corporate state of pop music, Seacrest irked many in his fawning efforts to become the next Dick Clark. But recently, even the insipid Seacrest has been dogged by allegations of sexual harassment.
He has denied any wrongdoing, but it's not great advance buzz for the family-friendly talent show.
- Music fans who've outgrown "Idol" may also sample the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards (8 p.m., TNT, TV-14), with performances by Bon Jovi, Ed Sheeran, Cardi B and Maroon 5.
- Fox airs "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" (8 p.m., TV-14).
Fox is promoting this as a "lost" interview, but everyone with a functioning memory knows it was part of a 2006 special surrounding the book "If I Did It," a speculative confession ghost-written for Simpson.
The notion that Simpson was cashing in on the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in such a ghastly manner appalled many, including some in Fox management, who canceled the scheduled show and fired the book publisher (Judith Regan) who had produced the project and interviewed Simpson.
But that was then. A dozen years later, the interview is back on Fox.
As such, this is not only a throwback to the scandals surrounding the 1994 murders and trial, but also a kind of tabloid TV stunt that dates back to Geraldo Rivera's highly promoted 1986 special about the opening of Al Capone's vault. (Spoiler alert: Nothing was revealed.)
It's interesting to note that among the many jobs in Regan's storied career was working as a producer on "Geraldo," a celebrity journalist who all but personifies the decline of television news.
- After "Idol," ABC launches "Deception" (10 p.m., TV-14). Jack Cutmore-Scott stars as Cameron Black, a famous Las Vegas illusionist (think David Blaine) whose career vanishes in a puff of scandal.
After that, he volunteers himself to FBI agents, who reluctantly accept his vain personality and his ability to use visual trickery and sleight of hand to fool and capture bad guys.
Bottom line: Not as fun as "Psych" or as involving as "The Mentalist." I'm no fortune-teller, but I suspect viewers will be making "Deception" disappear from the schedule in short order.
- Scheduled on two hours of "60 Minutes" (CBS): South American migrants, the lingering effects of childhood trauma, a profile of Daniel Barenboim (7 p.m.); cloning polo ponies (8 p.m.).
- Danger awaits on the other side on "Counterpart" (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
- Why does CNN think we need another Kennedy documentary? One called "American Dynasties: The Kennedys" (9 p.m.)?
- Trouble follows Daryl on "The Walking Dead" (9 p.m., AMC, TV-MA).
- Farid has trouble with boundaries on "Here and Now" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
- Carrie wobbles on "Homeland" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
- A foreign leader takes advice from a psychic on "Madam Secretary" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
- The gang ends up on a World War I battlefield when "Timeless" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) returns for season two.
- Brandon offers an olive branch on "The Chi" (10 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
The U.S. takes on the world on "American Ninja Warrior" (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... Hetty reunites with her Vietnam War squad on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).