Fox schedule shakeup: 'Dads' going away, more

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Fox is making a flurry of slightly confusing three-card monte changes to its winter schedule.

The most potentially meaningful shift is that Dads is going away, at least for awhile, despite having a full-season order. Dads will run through Feb. 11. After that, well … Fox won’t use the c-word, but this is what the c-word often looks like when a show’s demise is plotted months in advance. The network is reserving its right to bring the modestly rated freshman comedy back at some point next year.

As for the rest: You know how Glee is on Thursdays? Now it’s going back to Tuesdays. You know how Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on Tuesdays? It’s still on Tuesdays, but now moving to 9:30 p.m. — that’s the The Mindy Project‘s slot. So is Mindy Project canceled? No. The comedy will have a “winter finale” and will return in April after Brooklyn finishes up its run (in other words, while both Mindy and Dads are taking a break, Fox currently expects Mindy to return). Also, that new Greg Kinnear drama Rake was going to get a big NFC Championship Game lead-in for its premiere preview; now that sports boost is going to The Following instead. But Rake will have an American Idol lead-in, for whatever that will be worth in the show’s 13 season.

For those who want specific details and dates, here is Fox’s winter schedule (This is how the network is presenting its info, not us, sorry if it hurts your brain):

MONDAY
Mondays, beginning Jan. 6:
8:00-9:00 PM                          ALMOST HUMAN
9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW

Monday, Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM                          SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Finale; Special Time)
9:00-10:00 PM                        THE FOLLOWING (Season Premiere, Night Two)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 27:
8:00-9:00 PM                          ALMOST HUMAN
9:00-10:00 PM                        THE FOLLOWING

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TUESDAY
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 7:
8:00-8:30 PM                          DADS
8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT

Tuesday, Jan. 28:
8:00-8:30 PM                          DADS
8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (Winter Finale)

Tuesday, Feb. 4:
8:00-8:30 PM                          DADS
8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Encore)
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, Feb. 11:
8:00-8:30 PM                          DADS
8:30-9:00 PM                          DADS
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Tuesday, Feb. 18:
8:00-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN IDOL (Special Night)

Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 25:
8:00-9:00 PM                          GLEE (Spring Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Tuesday, March 25:
8:00-9:00 PM                          GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Finale)

Tuesday, April 1:
8:00-9:00 PM                          GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM                          THE MINDY PROJECT (Spring Premiere, Part One)
9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (Spring Premiere, Part Two)

Tuesdays, beginning April 8:
8:00-9:00 PM                          GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (Time Period Premiere)

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WEDNESDAY
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 15:
8:00-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)

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THURSDAY
Thursday, Jan. 16:
8:00-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 23:
8:00-9:00 PM                          AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        RAKE (Series Premiere)

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FRIDAY
Fridays, beginning Jan. 10:
8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES
9:00-9:30 PM                          RAISING HOPE
9:30-10:00 PM                        ENLISTED (Series Premiere)

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SATURDAY
Saturdays, beginning Jan. 11:
11:00 PM-Midnight                 ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, featuring
LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

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SUNDAY
Sundays, beginning Jan. 5:
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                        AMERICAN DAD

Sunday, Jan. 19:
6:00-10:00 PM ET                  NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)
10:00-11:00 PM ET/               THE FOLLOWING (Season Premiere, Night One)
7:00-8:00 PM PT

Sunday, Jan. 26:
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                        AMERICAN DAD

Sunday, Feb. 2:
6:00-10:30 PM                        SUPER BOWL XLVIII (Live)
10:30-11:00 PM ET/               NEW GIRL
7:30-8:00 PM PT
11:00-11:30 PM ET/               BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8:00-8:30 PM  ET

Sundays, beginning Feb. 9:
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                        AMERICAN DAD

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