For those planning ahead, here's how Fox's "American Idol" hopes to tie up lots of your nights this winter:

_ Jan. 15 and 16: Two-night, four-hour season premiere full of the usual embarrassingly bad auditions.

_ Jan. 22-Feb. 6: More embarrassingly bad auditions, leavened with the occasional good one, some of them filmed right here in Philadelphia.

_ Feb. 12-13: Hollywood round, which will conclude with the choice of 24 seminfinalists.

_ Feb. 19-20: First live performance shows.

_ March 6: Top 12 finalists revealed.

Wiggum for president?

Jon Stewart and Dan Rather will be guest voices on Fox's "The Simpsons" Jan. 6 as Ralph Wiggum announces his candidacy for president.

A Tudor New Year

Showtime's colorful - if not entirely accurate - take on the young Henry VIII comes to DVD on Jan. 1 in "The Tudors: The Complete First Season."

Timing is everything

Nickelodeon, the channel that brought you the now-preggers Jamie Lynn Spears as "Zoey 101," has a new "pro-social campaign" to get families to "eat smart, get fit and spend time together" that it's dubbed KOPO, as in "Kick One, Pick One." *