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'American Idol' to Wednesdays, Thursdays

Interesting move by Fox: "American Idol" will move to Wednesdays/Thursdays this January, away from the long established Tuesday/Wednesday stronghold. Reasons for this? Beats me. It''s been rumored, and a TV Guide piece reported it as a fait accompli. But still, it seems like a pretty dramatic move that could put a serious hurt on CBS and NBC.

  Of course, another way of looking at it - the move could hurt "Idol," which is not the "Idol" of old. 

    Here's the new Fox winter schedule and please peruse at your leisure...but my thoughts are as follows...

 1.) "Lie to Me" is one lucky show, but does it actually have the audience love that Fox evidently thinks it has? 

 2.)  Don't bother looking - "Running Wilde" is not on this schedule.

 3.) I miss "24" already.


4.) "Bones" is lucky too.

 5.)  Is there anything here to get excited about...?


  Program descrips after the schedule...


(All times ET/PT except as noted)



Monday, Jan. 10:

8:00-10:00 PM            LIE TO ME (Two-Hour Episode)


Mondays, beginning Jan. 17:

8:00-9:00 PM              HOUSE (All-New Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            LIE TO ME (All-New Episodes)


Mondays, beginning Feb. 7

8:00-9:00 PM              HOUSE (All-New Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            THE CHICAGO CODE (Series Premiere)





Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 4:

8:00-9:00 PM              GLEE (Encore Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (All-New Episodes)


Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8:

8:00-9:00 PM              GLEE (All-New Episodes)

9:00-9:30 PM              RAISING HOPE (All-New Episodes)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIXED SIGNALS (Series Premiere)




Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 12:

8:00-10:00 PM            HUMAN TARGET (All-New, Two-Hour Episodes)


Wednesday, Jan. 19:

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Season Premiere, Part One)


Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 26:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM            HUMAN TARGET (All-New Episodes)


Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 16:

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Episodes)


Wednesdays, beginning April 6:

8:00-9:30 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (90-Minute Episodes)

9:30-10:00 PM            BREAKING IN (Series Premiere)





Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6:

8:00-9:00 PM              MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (All-New Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Encore Episodes)


Thursdays, beginning Jan. 20:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)

9:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Time Period Premiere)





Friday, Jan. 7:

8:00 PM-CC ET          AT&T COTTON BOWL (Live)


Friday, Jan. 21:

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)


Fridays, beginning Jan. 28:

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (All-New Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE (Time Period Premiere)





Saturday, Jan. 15:



Saturdays, beginning Jan. 22 (no change to lineup):

8:00-8:30 PM              COPS (All-New Episodes)

8:30-9:00 PM              COPS (Encore Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (All-New Episodes)





Sunday, Jan. 9:

8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM            THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere/All-New Episode)


Sunday, Jan. 16 and 23:

7:00-7:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (Encore Episodes)

7:30-8:00 PM              AMERICAN DAD (Time Period Premiere)

8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episodes)

8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS (All-New Episodes)

9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY (All-New Episodes)

9:30-10:00 PM            THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New Episodes)


Sunday, Jan. 30:

7:00 PM-CC ET          NFC PRO BOWL (Live)


Sunday, Feb. 6:

6:00 PM-CC ET          SUPER BOWL XLV (Live)

10:30 PM ET/7:30 PT GLEE (All-New Special Episode; Approximate Start Time)


Sundays, beginning Feb. 13 (no change to lineup):

7:00-7:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS

7:30-8:00 PM              AMERICAN DAD

8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS

9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM            THE CLEVELAND SHOW


BOB’S BURGERS, the new animated comedy about a man, his family and their burger joint, opens Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT). In the newest addition to the Sunday “Animation Domination” lineup, BOB (H. Jon Benjamin, “Archer”) and his quirky family have big ideas about burgers, but fall short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and a dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make Bob’s “grand re-re-re-opening” a success.


As previously announced, THE CHICAGO CODE (formerly titled “Ride-Along”), the new police drama from creator Shawn

Ryan (“The Shield”), will make its anticipated debut the night after SUPER BOWL XLV, Monday, Feb. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following all-new episodes of HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The new fast-paced series starring Jason Clarke (“Public Enemies,” “Brotherhood”), Jennifer Beals (LIE TO ME, “The L Word”), Delroy Lindo (“Kidnapped”)
and Matt Lauria (“Friday Night Lights”) follows the Windy City’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the city’s underbelly to fight crime and expose corruption.


MIXED SIGNALS, the new relationship comedy created by Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) that reveals how friendships and romances both enhance and complicate the lives of the men and women in them, will have its series premiere Tuesday, Feb. 8 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) following all-new episodes of GLEE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and
RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). The new ensemble comedy stars David Denman (“The Office”), Nelson Franklin (“I Love You, Man”), Kris Marshall (HUMAN TARGET), Liza Lapira (“Dexter”) and Aya Cash (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”).


Additionally, FOX has picked up BREAKING IN (working title), an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services. Created by Adam F. Goldberg (“Fanboys”) and Seth Gordon (“Four Christmases” and theupcoming “Horrible Bosses”),
the series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind. Starring Christian Slater (“The Forgotten”), Bret Harrison (“Reaper”) and Odette Yustman (“You Again”), the new comedy premieres Wednesday, April 6 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) following 90-minute AMERICAN IDOL
episodes (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT).




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