Fox announces midseason schedule

Today, Fox announced the premiere dates for this winter’s new and returning shows. Along with ordering a full season of Lie To Me, the network has scheduled a special Jan. 10 episode of The Simpsons celebrating the series’ 450 episode. Fox will also unveil a Simpsons documentary, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: in 3-D! on Ice! from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that night. Their line-up of new shows includes: Past Life, a drama inspired by the book The Reincarnationist, set to premiere Feb. 11; Human Target, a series about a private contractor that premieres Jan. 17; Our Little Genius, a game show for gifted kids, premiering Jan. 13; and Sons of Tucson, a comedy following three brothers who hire a new father when their real one is imprisoned. (The latter will premiere March 14.) Some other highlights:

*American Idol will premiere its ninth season Tuesday, Jan. 12.

*A new season of Kitchen Nightmares begins Jan. 29.

*24 will kick off with a two-night, four-hour event Jan. 17 and 18.

*Glee switches to Tuesday nights starting April 13, when the network will air all-new episodes following the series’ Dec. 9 fall finale.

*The network will offer all-new episodes of Fringe starting April 1. The show’s winter finale will air Feb. 4.

*The series finale of Dollhouse will air Jan. 22.

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  • Snarf

    All this fall finale, winter finale stuff confuses me.

    • SteveStrifeX

      This may help. Most of it will be redundant stuff you already know, but:

      - Series Finale: Show is over, that is the last new episode ever
      - Season Finale: Usually takes place in May (though not necessarily). Just means that’s the end of one season. New episodes will return after the summer break
      - Fall/Winter/Mid-season Finale: A season for a show is usually split in two. Typically, they show half of the episodes in the fall, take a break over Christmas, then return with new episodes in the Spring. The last episode of the fall is called the fall (or winter, or mid-season) finale. You see it called this more prevalent on cable TV shows, when they have very long breaks or abnormal running schedules.

      Hope this helps!

      • Sara

        i think the confusion was the idea of fall/winter finales on network tv. this is a relatively new and pathetic thing that networks have started to do. and i’m not talking about cable channels. seeing that we have to wait all summer for new episodes, why is there now a winter gap as well. it makes no sense and i’m sure most tv viewers don’t like it.
        i don’t think help was needed on the definitions of the words, it seems to be more of wanting a rationale for the actions taken

  • RyRyNYC

    WTF… APRIL FOR NEW GLEE EPISODES??? R THEY TRYING TO KILL THEIR SHOW EARLY?!?!?!

    • Kristina

      I don’t think they’ve technically started filming the back 9 yet so maybe it’s better that we have to wait longer so they don’t rush the episodes and ruin a perfect season.

    • lostglee

      Waiting 4 months for Glee is not as bad as waiting 10 months for LOST! argh.

      • natalie

        Wow thats a long time to wait…but if they think they need it, I’d rather they did that than have bad episodes.
        Where will I get my quirky musical fix for 4 months?

      • gigi

        So true! But doesn’t this mean LOST and Glee are going to be in the same time slot come midseason? I believe LOST will be moving to Tuesdays at 9. I could be wrong. If I am let me know…I’m freaking out here!!

      • obama

        or 10 mths for dexter XD

    • Michael

      Kill their show? They will be airing the last 9 episodes of Glee after American Idol. I’d say that this is a smart move.

  • sundance

    Not that I really care, but where is 24?

    • Julia

      umm. third one down.

      • sundance

        oh boy…thanks!

  • Kyle

    we have to wait till April for new Glee!!! That Sucks!!!!

  • pauch

    That april date doesn’t sound right because 9 episodes back to back would put the season finale in june. It can’t be correct.

  • Kaiulani

    WTF!?!?!? Glee and Fringe won’t be back on till April!!! Glee will probably survive the 4 month break, but what about Fringe? Even though the show is creatively better than ever, it is still on shaky ground as far as the ratings are concern. Help save Fringe!!!!

    • SiR

      Calm down its only a 2 month break for Fringe. Having said that, I have high doubts the ratings will get any better from there.

      • natalie

        Keep in mind that Fringe is filmed in Vancouver, and during the Olympics it will be nearly impossible to film anything. Especially since they film alot downtown and at the university, both hubs of Olympic activity. I wonder if they are airing less episodes this year though?

      • Kvivik

        Natalie is right. It is not Fox’s fault that you are going to be denied 2 whole months of your Fringe fixes. It is the Production Company who makes Fringe that did not take into account the shooting schedule around Vancouver during the Olympics (which people have known about for 6 bloody years).
        If they’d been a bit more on the ball, they could have scouted outdoor locations outside of Vancouver to use for these episodes.

  • ggny

    bye bye fringe and glee..god fox is dumb

  • dave

    Two months without Fringe!?!?! This is criminal! They did the same thing last season and I wasn’t happy that time either!

  • Marlowe32

    Not a 4-month break for Fringe. Above says mid-season finale will air Feb 4, and looks like about 8-weeks of Fringe-less TV.

  • rey

    fox really knows how to kill momentum.

  • Kristy

    I know they are taking a break for a lot of the shows due to the holidays and then the Olympics. But I can’t imagine 4 months with no Glee!

  • Riley

    Why are they moving Glee!?!?!
    I am a LOST fan and when they moved it to Tuesday I was ecstatic because then Glee and LOST wouldn’t conflict with each other. But now they move Glee too!? Seriously!?!?!

    • Kathy

      I guess our DVRs will be getting lots of use!

    • peter

      Riley – you took the words right out of my mouth. I like one show that I love on each night. I was so happy to hear LOST was moving to Tuesday and having Glee on Wednesday. Oh well, we are only the viewers. I’ll DVR Glee and watch it on Wednesday.

  • carol

    Fox is dropping the ball just to accomodate Idol. Glee is hot right now and why make people wait 4 months for it to continue and risk losing the buzz associated with the show?

  • hannah

    WHAT!! Glee is going on hiatus for four months?! That is way too long. I guess they have to fit it into the American Idol schedule. But do we really need 2 hours of American Idol all those nights.

  • Eric

    I think Glee will be fine. It lasted a whole summer with just one episode teasing the season. It’s way hyped, the fans will keep it in their minds for 4 months.

    • mark s

      I agree. It does stink to be without Glee for four months, but Idol makes the money. I also think that Idol will make Glee bigger. No one knew what to expect with the first episode last year. Glee will come back with a vengence.

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