Fox just announced its winter premiere dates, and let's get straight to it: “American Idol,” with new judges and presumably new life, returns for the usual two-nighter, Jan. 16 and 17.
But perhaps of greater significance (to Fox) this: Kevin Bacon's new prime-time series, “The Following,” also has a start date: Monday, Jan. 21. It's terrifically grim subject material (serial killers) but it is Kevin Bacon, and a show with substantial advance buzz.
I'm not certain but believe this could be before the spring season of “The Voice” launches -- good news for “The Following,” if true, though NBC has shown a willingness -- even eagerness -- to use its hit to punch Fox in the nose.
Meanwhile, “Touch” is back Feb. 1.
Here's the trailer.