FOX Announces Premiere Dates for 'American Idol', 'The Following' and 'Touch'

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October 24th, 2012

via press release:

FOX ANNOUNCES WINTER PREMIERE DATES

 

12TH SEASON OF “American Idol” KICKS OFF WITH

TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE EVENT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

 

KEVIN WILLIAMSON’S NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER “THE FOLLOWING”

STARRING KEVIN BACON AND JAMES PUREFOY

DEBUTS MONDAY, JANUARY 21

 

SEASON TWO OF “Touch” MAKES CONTACT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

 

FOX is announcing the winter season and series premiere dates for new and returning series, including the returns of American Idol and Touch, and the debut of new thriller THE FOLLOWING.

 

Featuring host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, along with returning judge Randy Jackson, the 12th season of American Idol begins with the exciting two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

 

THE FOLLOWING, a psychological thriller created by Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Scream” franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (“X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Frost/Nixon”) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), launches Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The intense, spellbinding drama follows RYAN HARDY (Bacon), an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to track down JOE CARROLL (Purefoy), a devious and diabolical serial killer, and the mastermind behind an ever-growing web of killers.

 

Season Two of Touch, starring Emmy Award winner Kiefer Sutherland (“24”), kicks into gear Friday, Feb. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the action shifts dramatically from New York to Los Angeles, single father MARTIN BOHM (Sutherland) and his gifted son, JAKE (David Mazouz), find themselves at the center of a global conspiracy involving a mother in search of her missing teenage daughter, a mathematical genius and a religious zealot assassinating others with abilities like Jake’s. Joining the cast this season are Maria Bello (“ER”), Lukas Haas (“24”), Said Taghmaoui (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of The Cobra”) and newcomer Saxon Sharbino.

 

FOX WINTER SEASON AND SERIES PREMIERE DATES

(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 16:

8:00-10:00 PM            American Idol (Season Premiere, Part One)

 

Thursday, Jan. 17:

8:00-9:00 PM              American Idol (Season Premiere, Part Two)

 

Monday, Jan. 21:

9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Series Premiere)

 

Friday, Feb. 1:

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

 

-FOX-

 
  • Julianna

    FOX ended up killing Touch

  • I like this show

    The Following better be good or FOX is pretty much dead to me.

  • Pete

    Friday 8pm is a better time slot for Touch.
    (1) It doesn’t need to compete with other genre shows i.e. Nikita and Grimm.
    (2) It doesn’t need to compete with the highest-rated Friday show Shark Tank.

  • Patrick Gillease

    Mariah and Nicki on “American Idol” is going to be a DISASTER!! Making the show more about the judges and their catfights is not what this show needs. It should keep its focus on the singing talent, or lack thereof. Nicki hasn’t been around long enough to be a judge. They should have just stuck with Mariah and Keith as the new kids on the judging block. Mariah is most like Paula and has the years of experience to be a judge. Nicki will just make a mess of things. Pity :(

  • Phil

    Stop delaying Touch!! Now FEBRUARY!! I really wish it was in Mob Doctor’s time slot not The Following!

  • Harmiel

    So excited for The Following. Critics love the pilot so much!

  • Riff Rafferty

    One dying show, one dead show, and one DOA show. A real triple threat.

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