'IDOL' PREVIEW. Lucky fans in 11 cities will be in theaters Wednesday to watch the Season 12 premiere of "American Idol" a week before it airs Jan. 16 on Fox. If you didn't score tickets from idolrsvp.com, you can always cyber-see the Q&A afterward with judges including Mariah Carey, streaming live Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Submit questions, watch event at americanidol.com.

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SURVIVAL SEARCH. NBC's upcoming "extreme adventure" competition "Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls" is touring the country to cast fearless teams of two. Those chosen for the show will be asked to survive in the wilderness a la Grylls' series "Man vs. Wild." New York auditions take place Jan. 12, at Manhattan's Flatotel on West 52nd Street. Details at nbcbearshow.com.

TV IN ACIDLAND! Video strangeness returns to Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre with maniac archivist Johnny Legend in residence for three nights, starting with Jan. 17's Acidland trip. It's a time capsule of early tube oddities crammed with names from movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and the Marx Brothers to tube stars-to-be Ernie Kovacs, Johnny Carson, Rod Serling and Phyllis Diller. The TV concert-turned-rock touchstone "The T.N.T. Show" unreels Jan. 18 with The Byrds, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, and Ike and Tina Turner. Info at cinemaartscentre.org/events.