J.J. Abrams' 'Fringe' headlines Fox's fall schedule

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J.J. Abrams’ Fringe — the only other high-profile drama in development this season besides the CW’s 90210 — will debut on Tuesdays this fall, while Joss Whedon’s much-anticipated series Dollhouse and another season of 24 will be held back until midseason. Fox, which announced today in New York City that it’ll kick off the new season on Aug. 25, will air Fringe — a drama about special agents who investigate strange phenomena — behind another season of House on on Tuesdays.

A block of comedies will air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. behind Bones, including a revamped season of ‘Til Death (costars Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster are out) and Do Not Disturb, a new multi-camera comedy about a hip New York hotel starring Jerry O’Connell. The latter show replaces the expensive and ratings-starved Back to You, which got the ax earlier this month.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break will air on Mondays in the fall, while Thursdays and Fridays will stay packed with reality shows like The Moment of Truth, Kitchen Nightmares, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Sundays will remain intact with Fox’s signature lineup of animated comedies, though the net has two more in the pipeline for midseason, including a Family Guy spinoff that focuses on sidekick Cleveland Brown and Sit Down, Shut Up, Mitch Hurwitz’s sitcom about a group of unorthodox teachers working in a small town. Saturdays stay the same, too.

Beginning in January, Dollhouse will air with 24 on Mondays while Fringe will follow American Idol on Tuesdays. House moves to Wednesdays before the Idol results show. And on Thursdays, the new unscripted series Secret Millionaire — which will focus on a different millionaire who goes undercover to help poor souls each week — follows Hell’s Kitchen.

Finally, Fox will air a two-hour prequel of 24‘s seventh season on Nov. 23. Shot on location in South Africa, the telepic follows Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he begins battling an international crisis while the U.S. prepares to inaugurate a new president back at home.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break will air on Mondays in the fall, while Thursdays and Fridays will stay packed with reality shows like The Moment of Truth, Kitchen Nightmares, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Sundays will remain intact with Fox’s signature lineup of animated comedies, though the net has two more in the pipeline for midseason, including a Family Guy spinoff that focuses on sidekick Cleveland Brown and Sit Down, Shut Up, Mitch Hurwitz’s sitcom about a group of unorthodox teachers working in a small town. Saturdays stay the same, too.

Beginning in January, Dollhouse will air with 24 on Mondays while Fringe will follow American Idol on Tuesdays. House moves to Wednesdays before the Idol results show. And on Thursdays, the new unscripted series Secret Millionaire — which will focus on a different millionaire who goes undercover to help poor souls each week — follows Hell’s Kitchen.

Finally, Fox will air a two-hour prequel of 24‘s seventh season on Nov. 23. Shot on location in South Africa, the telepic follows Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he begins battling an international crisis while the U.S. prepares to inaugurate a new president back at home.


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  • Edward
  • CL

    what about Bones?

  • April

    Are they getting rid of Bones mid-season???

  • Elizabeth

    Its “I” before “E”: Kiefer; sad to see “Back to You” go to the wayside. It was a neat show.

  • MsDaisy

    I read elsewhere that the Idols results show would be cut back to 30 minutes. That’s still 25 minutes too long.

  • Stephanie T.

    Cleveland is having a spin off? Uhm, Okay. I vote for the psychotic rooster who faught with Peter.

  • Anonymous

    I have to wait until January for Dollhouse??? FOX, you officially suck! (To others…yes I know that they’ve cancelled a lot of good stuff, but pushing a Joss Whedon show to be a mid-season replacement is just full o’ crap)

  • Susan

    Bones is being moved to Fridays in January.

  • raj

    Bones is about special agents who investigate phenomena? Hasn’t J.J. stolen enough from the X-files with Lost????

  • Jackie

    WHY WOULD THEY PUT BONES ON FRIDAY IN JANUARY? DO THEY WANT TO KILL IT???? It does well with House or American Idol!! Friday is a death-trap for Fox!!!! WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?

  • Ron

    I would have liked a revamped Back to You and keep Til Death the same. If Back to You would have focused on the workplace and put the daughter on the backburner, it would have been better. Overall, a very funny show with great casting.

  • Ron

    I would have liked a revamped Back to You and keep Til Death the same. If Back to You would have focused on the workplace and put the daughter on the backburner, it would have been better. Overall, a very funny show with great casting.

  • carrie

    has anyone heard if there taking bones off the air?

  • Stef

    They’re not taking Bones off the air, it’s doing some kind of mid-season move to the graveyard known as Friday Night, according to the info in the PopWatch Blog section.

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