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Fox sets premiere dates for 'American Idol,' new Kiefer Sutherland drama

December 1, 2011 |  1:57 pm

Fox unveils mid-season schedule

If you prefer Jennifer Lopez sans a ridiculous Fiat commercial, you're in luck! Fox has unveiled its midseason schedule, with Lopez and her fellow "American Idol" judges returning with a two-night premiere starting Jan. 18.

And in keeping with the over-extended, super-sized editions these singing competitions love so much, "a special, extended" prime-time broadcast of the show will air Jan. 22.

There are other shows on the network, too. Kiefer Sutherland's comeback to his "24" home base will start with a special preview of "Touch," his new drama created by Tim Kring ("Heroes").  Also making its debut is "Bones" spinoff "The Finder," which will premiere Thursday, Jan. 12. And J.J. Abrams' thriller "Alcatraz" will get a two-hour premiere Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. before moving to its 9 p.m. time slot on Monday, Jan. 23.  Also debuting is "Napoleon Dynamite," adapted from the 2004 film.  The animated series will join the lineup Fox calls Animation Domination Sundays on Jan. 15.

The network also will try out a comedy block on Tuesdays beginning in March, with "New Girl" anchoring the 9 p.m. slot with saved series "Breaking In" as its lead-in.

Here's the full lineup:

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 16:
8-10 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (series premiere)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 23:
8-9 p.m.: HOUSE (time period premiere)
9-10 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (time period premiere)

Monday, March 12:
8-10 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (two-hour episode)

Mondays, beginning March 19:
8-9 p.m.: HOUSE
9-10 p.m.: TOUCH (series premiere)

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TUESDAY

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17:
8-9 p.m.: GLEE
9-9:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL
9:30-10 p.m.: RAISING HOPE

Tuesdays, beginning March 6:
8-8:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL (encore)
8:30-9 p.m.: BREAKING IN (season premiere)
9-9:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL
9:30-10 p.m.: RAISING HOPE

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 4:
8-9 p.m.: GLEE (encore)
9-10 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesday, Jan. 11:
8-9 p.m.: MOBBED (encore)
9-10 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesday, Jan. 18:
8-10 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (season premiere, first part)

Wednesday, Jan. 25:
8-9 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL
9-10 p.m.: TOUCH (special preview)

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1:
8-9 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL
9-10 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 15:
8-10 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (two-hour episodes)

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THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 12:
8-9 p.m.: BONES (encore)
9-10 p.m.: THE FINDER (series premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19:
8-9 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (season premiere, second part)
9-10 p.m.: THE FINDER

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FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 6:
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: 2012 AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (live)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 13:
8-9 p.m.: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9-10 p.m.: FRINGE

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SATURDAY

Saturdays beginning Jan. 7:
8-8:30 p.m.: COPS
8:30-9 p.m.: COPS
9-10 p.m.: DRAMA ENCORES
11 p.m.-midnight: ENCORES
Midnight-12:30 a.m.: ENCORES

Saturday, Feb. 11:
8-10 p.m.: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED SPECIAL EDITION
11 p.m.-midnight: ENCORES
Midnight-12:30 a.m.: ENCORES

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SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 8:
7-7:30 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (encore)
7:30-8 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW (encore)
8-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW
9-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

Sunday, Jan. 15:
8-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (series premiere)
9-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (special time)

Sunday, Jan. 22:
6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT: FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (live)
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT: AMERICAN IDOL (special broadcast; start time is approximate)

Sundays beginning Jan. 29:
7-7:30 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (encore)
7:30-8 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
9-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

Sundays beginning March 11:
7-7:30 p.m.: ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES
7:30-8 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (season premiere)
9-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

—Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler, left, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson. The show returns for its 11th season in January. Credit: Fox

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 16:

8:00-10:00 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (series premiere)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 23:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: HOUSE (time period premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (time period premiere)

Monday, March 12:

8:00-10:00 p.m.: ALCATRAZ (two-hour episode)

Mondays, beginning March 19:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: HOUSE

9:00-10:00 p.m.: TOUCH (series premiere)

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TUESDAY

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: GLEE

9:00-9:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 p.m.: RAISING HOPE

Tuesdays, beginning March 6:

8:00-8:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL (encore)

8:30-9:00 p.m.: BREAKING IN (season premiere)

9:00-9:30 p.m.: NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 p.m.: RAISING HOPE

****************************

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: GLEE (encore)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: MOBBED (encore)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

8:00-10:00 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (season premiere, first part)

Wednesday, Jan. 25:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 p.m.: TOUCH (special preview)

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 p.m.: MOBBED

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 15:

8:00-10:00 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (two-hour episodes)

***************************

THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 12:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: BONES (encore)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: THE FINDER (series premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: AMERICAN IDOL (season premiere, second part)

9:00-10:00 p.m.: THE FINDER

***************************

FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 6:

8:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: 2012 AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (live)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 13:

8:00-9:00 p.m.: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

9:00-10:00 p.m.: FRINGE

***************************

SATURDAY

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 7:

8:00-8:30 p.m.: COPS

8:30-9:00 p.m.: COPS

9:00-10:00 p.m.: DRAMA ENCORES

11:00 PM-Midnight: ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 a.m.: ENCORES

Saturday, Feb. 11:

8:00-10:00 p.m.: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED SPECIAL EDITION

11:00 PM-Midnight: ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 a.m.: ENCORES

***************************

SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 8:

7:00-7:30 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (encore)

7:30-8:00 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW (encore)

8:00-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW

9:00-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

Sunday, Jan. 15:

8:00-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (series premiere)

9:00-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Special Time)

Sunday, Jan. 22:

6:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)

10:00 p.m.: ET/ AMERICAN IDOL (Special Broadcast; Approximate Start Time)

7:00 PT

Sundays, beginning Jan. 29:

7:00-7:30 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (encore)

7:30-8:00 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 p.m.: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

9:00-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

Sundays, beginning March 11:

7:00-7:30 p.m.: ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES

7:30-8:00 p.m.: THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 p.m.: THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 p.m.: BOB’S BURGERS (season premiere)

9:00-9:30 p.m.: FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 p.m.: AMERICAN DAD

 

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