FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates for 'Glee', 'The X Factor', 'Fringe', 'The Mindy Project', 'Touch', 'Ben and Kate', 'New Girl' and More

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June 18th, 2012

via press release:



FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON











PLUS “Ben And Kate” AND “The Mindy Project” DEBUT






BONES Back on the Case Monday, September 17;

Fringe Thrills for Fifth and Final Season Starting Friday, September 28;

THE Simpsons, BOB’S Burgers, Family Guy & American Dad

Dominate Sundays Beginning September 30;

The Cleveland Show Returns Sunday, October 7


FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.


The 2012-2013 season begins with the spectacular return of The X Factor, last fall’s No. 1 new unscripted series. The hit music competition series, featuring Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).


Featuring new cast members including Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker in multi-episode story arcs, the fourth season of Glee launches on a new night and time Thursday, Sept. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following The X Factor. With McKinley’s senior class graduated and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) off to NYADA, change is in the air this fall for the Glee club.


Fan-favorite BONES will enter its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of the compelling new drama The Mob Doctor (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”) as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon indebted to the mob.


It’s two for Tuesday, Sept. 25, when New Girl returns for Season Two with two all-new episodes – a special episode at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT and the season premiere at 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT – and two new comedies, Ben And Kate (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and The Mindy Project (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), join the Tuesday comedy block.  Ben And Kate stars newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher,” Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of “The Descendants”) as a pair of odd-couple siblings – one a responsible single mom; the other a youthful free spirit – who reunite to help raise Kate’s daughter, Maddie (Maggie Jones, “We Bought A Zoo”). Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), The Mindy Project stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Raising Hope returns to the Tuesday night lineup with all-new misadventures of the Chance family.


Fringe returns for an unparalleled fifth and final season Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Maria Bello (“Prime Suspect,” “A History of Violence”), will make its Season Two debut Friday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Sundays get animated beginning Sept. 30, with the season premieres of THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S Burgers (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Then, on Sunday, Oct. 7 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), The Cleveland Show rejoins the ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup.


Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):


Wednesday, Sept. 12

8:00-10:00 PM                        The X Factor (Season Premiere, Part One)


Thursday, Sept. 13

8:00-9:00 PM                          The X Factor (Season Premiere, Part Two)

9:00-10:00 PM                        Glee (Season Premiere)


Monday, Sept. 17

8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        The Mob Doctor (Series Premiere)


Tuesday, Sept. 25

8:00-8:30 PM                          New Girl (Special All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM                          Ben And Kate (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                          New Girl (Season Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        The Mindy Project (Series Premiere)


Friday, Sept. 28

8:00-9:00 PM                          Kitchen Nightmares (All-New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM                        Fringe (Season Premiere)


Sunday, Sept. 30

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE Simpsons (Season Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                          BOB’S Burgers (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                          Family Guy (Season Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        American Dad (Season Premiere)


Tuesday, Oct. 2

8:00-8:30 PM                          Raising Hope (Season Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                          Ben And Kate

9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT


Sunday, Oct. 7

7:30-8:00 PM                          The Cleveland Show (Season Premiere)

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


Friday, Oct. 26

8:00-9:00 PM                          Touch (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        Fringe


  • amanners

    How can New Girl have a new episode prior to the season premiere on the same night?

  • SteveO

    Yeah the New Girl thing is confusing… maybe 8pm is the actual season premiere, and 9pm the “time slot” premiere. And they’re just labeling it differently.

  • Robert Seidman

    @amanners: Fox can call it whatever it wants! I’d call it Fox wanting to give Ben & Kate a boost!

  • Silvio

    Well, this is well-written, readable and completely understandable press release.
    No ambiguity, open-to-interpretation sentences and convoluted constructions that NBC schedule press release was full of. NBC people could learn from this … but I bet they won’t.

  • Ultima

    How can New Girl have a new episode prior to the season premiere on the same night?

    They have Nielsen classify the 8pm airing as a special and the 9pm airing as the premiere.

    ABC did the same thing with Wife Swap this season (albeit over two nights).

  • SoundableObject

    Touch launches late enough so that it could replace The Mob Doctor on Monday if it crashes.

  • Ultima

    No ambiguity, open-to-interpretation sentences and convoluted constructions that NBC schedule press release was full of.

    Like “sneak peak.” I know, that’s a head scratcher!

  • Chris

    Fox will probably have Nielsen count the 8 pm New Girl as a “special” so it won’t count in its season average, much like ABC does on Thanksgiving Eve for its sitcoms and drama, and therefore that makes it a bonus episode. Does anyone know if New Girl was picked up for more than 22 episodes for season 2?

  • Ultima

    Er, “peek.”

  • DamC


    Season 1 was 24 episodes. I hope FOX does the same this season, it’s their highest rated comedy they better have it on air the most.

  • Rob3008

    Strange there’s no sign of Raising Hope?

  • Ultima

    Does anyone know if New Girl was picked up for more than 22 episodes for season 2?

    Typically shows that get picked up for a full season don’t negotiate the exact episode order until after the season starts and the network has a better idea of what it will need.

    That said, New Girl will likely get 24 episodes, although I wouldn’t be surprised if FOX orders 25-26 if the production side is up for it.

  • Ultima

    Strange there’s no sign of Raising Hope?

    Tuesday, Oct. 2
    8:00-8:30 PM Raising Hope (Season Premiere)

  • SJ

    I figured The X Factor was going to start earlier. They’re going to be preempted a lot during the fall because of baseball and the elections.

    I, too, find it strange that the 9pm episode of New Girl is labelled as the season premiere. I hope Fox isn’t planning on airing a random season 2 episode at 8 and then the actual premiere at 9.

    I also hope ABC’s Tuesday comedy block doesn’t kick in until October 2 (or 9). ABC has the advantage of knowing when NBC’s and Fox’s sitcoms start so they can plan ahead.

    Looks like Touch is being prepped to slide into the Monday 9pm time slot if Mob Doctor crashes out of the gate. Kitchen Nightmares could have been left for mid-season, though. Four Gordon Ramsay shows in as many months could be a bit of an overkill.

  • SoundableObject

    I hope Raising Hope holds on respectable levels to get a full season. By then Fox would be financially obliged to renew it to get to syndication numbers.

  • Simon

    Fringe!! All I care about on the scehdule, glad it’s there!

  • Dan S

    Aargh, no Fringe until Oct 26th. That means its 13 eps run won’t end until the new year

  • Simon

    @Dan S
    Fringe starts September 28th, not October 26th.

  • scifi

    Touch will be launched too late, it’s clearly it will have 13 episodes, sure thing…

  • Bee

    what days does baseball air again?

    and only interested in glee and the mindy project. might give the mob doctor a try based on reviews.

    and yay the x-factor is starting a week earlier! so now ABC’s wednesday line-up won’t have to premiere alongside it.

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