By Hal Boedeker
8:57 AM EDT, March 28, 2013
The highlights Thursday:
1. "American Idol" has beefed up the results show at 8 on Fox. Judge Keith Urban will perform. Former Idolette Katharine McPhee, now on "Smash," will sing with OneRepublic. "Idol" alum Colton Dixon will be back, too, to sing. Which contestant will be ejected? Angie Miller may have been the weakest Wednesday. But the three remaining guys are probably most vulnerable. Devin Velez, who was fine Wednesday, will probably go before Burnell Taylor or Lazaro Arbos. If any of the four other women receive the fewest votes, the judges will probably use their only save this season.
2. Fox has scheduled the one-hour "Raising Hope" season finale for 9. The lures include guest stars Shirley Jones and Lee Majors; a big musical number; and an outlandish plot for Cloris Leachman. She does outlandish very well, and she gets to keep doing it because "Raising Hope" will be back next season.
3. "The American Bible Challenge" continues its second season at 9 on GSN. Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin has joined the inspirational game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
4. The NCAA Tourney continues on CBS and TBS. The Miami-Marquette game at 7:15 p.m. on CBS should do well in the Orlando ratings. CBS also airs the Indiana-Syracuse game at 9:45. TBS offers Ohio State-Arizona at 7:47 and Wichita State-La Salle at 10:17.
5. ABC hopes to win over female viewers with new installments of its dramas "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 and "Scandal" at 10. In a real change of pace, Sarah Chalke plays a worried mother on "Grey's."
6. NBC splits the season finale of "1600 Penn" in two. You can visit this wacky White House at 8:30 and 9:30. Don't look for the visits to continue. This White House is suffering a deficit in the ratings.
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