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

















BONES Back on the Case Monday, September 17;

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


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


  • SJ

    and yay the x-factor is starting a week earlier

    Actually, two weeks earlier. The season begins on September 24 (which I’ve deduced by reading Deadline’s article which says that Bones and Mob Doctor, which start airing on the 17th, are starting “early”). Side note: the season will end on May 29, 2013. It’s gonna be a long year!

    I’d bet on ABC’s Wednesday line-up premiering a week early, too (on September 19) since it will be preempted by a presidential debate on October 3.

  • Tom

    Friday spackle show gets delayed spackle start? Hold the phone!

    Otherwise, Mob Doctor starting on the 17th, only one airing behind Go On? I may need to split my ‘first canceled’ chips…

  • Bunny

    Raising Hope is being protected by’s no secret that the network executives love that show..I wish they felt the same with Arrested Development years ago.

  • Ultima

    what days does baseball air again?

    FOX Fall Preemptions

    Wed 3 Oct – Debate #1

    Thu 11 Oct – VP Debate
    Sun 14 Oct – NLCS gm 1

    Mon 15 Oct – NLCS gm 2
    Tue 16 Oct – Debate #2
    Thu 18 Oct – NLCS gm 4
    Fri 19 Oct – NLCS gm 5 (if nec.)
    Sun 21 Oct – NLCS gm 6 (if nec. & no ALCS game)

    Mon 22 Oct – NLCS gm 7 (if nec., otherwise Debate #3)
    Wed 24 Oct – World Series gm 1
    Thu 25 Oct – World Series gm 2
    Sat 27 Oct – World Series gm 3
    Sun 28 Oct – World Series gm 4

    Mon 29 Oct – World Series gm 5 (if nec.)
    Wed 31 Oct – World Series gm 6 (if nec.)
    Thu 1 Nov – World Series gm 7 (if nec.)

    Tue 6 Nov – Election Coverage

    Thu 22 Nov – Thanksgiving

    Fri 30 Nov – Pac-12 Football Championship

    Mon 10 Dec – American Country Awards

  • Ultima

    Side note: the season will end on May 29, 2013. It’s gonna be a long year!

    35.5 weeks, same as this past season.

  • Jerry

    Slightly off-topic, but when are the final Breaking In episodes airing?

  • Ultima

    Side note: the season will end on May 29, 2013. It’s gonna be a long year!

    Also, side not to your side note. May Sweep 2012 still ends the Wednesday before Memorial Day (22 May).

    I don’t really get what the point of shifting the broadcast season by one week is. Most networks will just have to premiere things “early” now, especially because it’s an election year.

  • Ultima

    Slightly off-topic, but when are the final Breaking In episodes airing?

    FOX doesn’t have them on their summer schedule (which is available through the end of August, although subject to change), so it’s likely that they’re simply not going to show them.

  • John A

    Touch replacing Mob Doctor if it flops? A flop replacing a flop then.

  • Networkman

    I feel FOX would be patient with Mob Doctor and then if it needs to be replaced, The Following would air after Bones come January. But Mob Doctor looks promising. The trailer made it look suspenseful. IMO, I’m more excited about Mob Doctor than Vegas on CBS and Red Widow on ABC.

  • davie

    Odd that Touch isnt airing until Oct but Fringe is premiering in Sept. The Mob Dr thing yeaa I know, but Touch was barely getting 2.0s by the end of season 1, right? Itll look even worse following a Bones episode.

  • rob60990

    So The Cleveland Show will premiere one episode then get pre-empted a month. Makes lots of sense…

    All these ridiculous election pre-emptions are going to hurt the networks.

  • Mike

    fox has the weakest shows

  • tvfreak

    Damn, Touch is gonna be seriously late to the party this fall. How sad. :(

  • Ultima

    Odd that Touch isnt airing until Oct but Fringe is premiering in Sept.

    FOX will repeat the entire first season on Touch late night Saturday starting in August. The finale will air on 20 October, so the 26 October start date makes sense.

  • Polar Bear

    the new girl thing is like the “unearthed” episode of Fringe, right?

  • swalker


    According to the critics on twitter who watched the pilots, FOX has the best of the bunch.

  • Ultima

    All these ridiculous election pre-emptions are going to hurt the networks.

    It won’t be a problem for FOX.

    The Monday debate will only air if there’s no baseball and is in the middle of a three week hiatus for baseball already, so no originals being preempted.

    The X Factor can still run an hour before the Wed/Thu debates and Glee was already going to go on a three week hiatus, so four weeks is no big deal.

    All that really gets preempted is Tuesdays, twice, but there’s no baseball on Tuesday and no X Factor either (apparently) due to the early start.

  • J.G.

    Judging from all of this and the debate schedule, I wouldn’t be surprised if a large chunk of ABC’s schedule is held until early-mid October.

  • Mike


    How is the a fail at all??

    its ratings are beating TNT’s other shows ratings and just because it wasnt a 2.0 means nothing…

    for the next episode will it be up against NBA??

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