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


  • Sam

    Looks like “The Voice” vs. “The X-Factor”/Christina vs. Britney crap is literally starting on the week of September 10. It’s gonna be a crowded fall that’s for sure. But i bet FOX is not going to like the results. The show has been coming off as bitter and trying so hard to catch up to “The Voice,”…meanwhile NBC and “The Voice” producers have not once acknowledged The X Factor. One thing is for sure, FOX is either going to be a sore loser or a sore winner this year.

  • Ultima

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

    No, it will be a season 2 episode. Every episode produced for this season has aired.

  • Mike

    wrong place

  • tvfreak

    @swalker: Yeah, I’m not finding any of Fox’s new fall shows very interesting. I’ll wait till midseason for The Following. The sitcoms don’t sound like much fun to me, and given that The Mob Doctor is already being widely written off…

  • Ultima

    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.

    Why? There’s no way they would hold Grey’s Anatomy until 18 October just because it’s preempted for one week. Dancing with the Stars will start around its normal time, so the shows that air after it will as well.

    That leaves Wednesdays. Maybe. I could see The Neighbors not starting until 10 October so that they can have an hour-long Modern Family lead into Nashville (or holding Nashville until 10 October).

    Holding a large chunk of their schedule would be ridiculous. This isn’t FOX last decade when they would have 20+ primetime baseball games in October. It’s a handful of preemptions and they can typically still program the 8pm hour. They’ve scheduled around it in the past, it’s nothing new.

  • Bee

    i REALLY hope ABC schedules smart. PRETTY PLEASE ABC. DON’T MESS THIS UP. grey’s and OUAT had such good schedules last year. there may have been some annoying repeat weeks in march, but for the most part, episodes aired consecutively and they need to really maintain that again. i hope the sunday line-up starts late.

    i’ve read great early buzz on nashville! followed by last resort and then 666 park avenue. and of course, the neighbors is said to be awful. still not too late to switch ABC! put parents in!

  • Bob Keller

    It’s simply hard to imagine a season more destined for disaster.

    Look for a major reorganization of the network Wookies in the spring.

    Sorry, that was sooooo wrong. I should never have insulted the Wookies by comparing them to the FOX Network Executives.

  • Samuel

    Oh wow, 2 night premiere of The Voice on NBC Sept. 10 and 11, then 2 night premiere of The X Factor on Fox the next two nights…. should make for some awesome ratings comparisons!

  • joel

    I don’t know about that. I’m no fan of the X Factor, but it will be going up against the 2-part finale of America’s Got Talent while The Voice probably won’t have that caliber of competition so early in September.

  • Nick

    A very interesting schedule…
    New Girl at 8 pm will crash and burn, maybe under 2.0.
    Holding Touch to late October is a good idea. I can see it coming in if TMD fails.

  • Ricky (formerly tvfreak)

    @Nick: Good thinking re: Touch if TMD fails. Which, based on the number of people saying it will, it probably might. I put part of the blame for Missing’s failure on that, especially since I even said it would fail and almost passed it by until the last minute.

    And hopefully NG will become a miserable flop against NCIS, and Glee will eat up part of Grey’s audience and vice versa, allowing Person of Interest, enhanced with a lead-in hour of CBS’s two strongest comedies, to take top spot in the 9pm hour on Thursdays. Which should, of course, result in Elementary performing strongly.

  • Oliver

    Smart of Fox to launch Ben & Kate after a new New Girl.

  • FOXkid.

    FOX will win as usual in Wednesday & Thursday night!

    X-Factor will smash Wednesday night and help Glee in the Thursday night, but not so sure whether it will in its time slot. Though I’m positive about it will win for some time.

  • Wwe rules

    The Cleveland show doesn’t start until October !! They should put it back @ 8:30 and put bobs burgers @ 7:30

  • jake

    New Girl will be fine, it can even grow like TBBT and Modern Family did.

  • KevinY

    I bet the 8 pm New Girl will be some sort of “flashback” episode. With them all sitting on a couch and describing random childhood stories, from which they’ll show clips with young actors. It’ll probably be designated as episode #2.0 and the 9 pm will be episode #2.1.

    Or it could be outtakes from last season.

  • psychic

    Fringe. Yay.

  • disney rocks

    CBS will win season easy

  • Bobstits

    “Fringe will not be renewed” – Richard Steven Hack


  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    Basically the new episode of New Girl is a special way of FOX trying to boost up/give in the good ratings for the premiere of Ben & Kate.

    Touch premiering late on Friday night instead of early on Friday night is because if Mob Doctor bombs in a way Lone Star was yanked off the schedule, FOX can just move Touch over to Monday night as a filler until Spring 2013.

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