FOX Announces Winter Premiere Dates, 'Fringe' Two Hour Finale to Air January 18

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December 13th, 2012

via press release:


American Idol Debuts with Two-Night Premiere January 16 and 17

New Psychological Thriller THE FOLLOWING Premieres January 21


Raising Hope, Ben And Kate, New Girl and The Mindy Project

Bring the Laughs Tuesdays Starting January 8;

Fringe Re-Materializes January 11,

And Concludes with 100th Episode and Two-Hour Finale January 18;

Touch Connects with a Two-Hour Season Premiere February 8

FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of American Idol and the debut of THE FOLLOWING. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, American Idol makes its Season 12 return on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, in a special two-hour episode, Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New psychological drama THE FOLLOWING, starring Kevin Bacon, starts thrilling on Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). And don’t miss a special 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new series, INSIDE THE FOLLOWING, airing Saturday, Jan. 19 (12:00-12:30 AM ET/PT).


Beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, ANIMATION DOMINATION returns with all-new episodes 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). Brand-new episodes of The Cleveland Show rejoin the ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup beginning Sunday, Jan. 13 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT).


The laughs continue on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8 with all-new episodes of Raising Hope (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Ben And Kate (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), New Girl (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and The Mindy Project (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).


Find out which celebrities will score a “Perfect 10” and which ones will belly-flop in the all-new two-hour special “STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE,” airing Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


Fringe hurtles toward its epic conclusion with its penultimate episode Friday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before its highly anticipated two-hour series finale and 100th episode Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). BONES digs up new cases with a special two-hour return Monday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and Glee sings its way back to the stage Thursday, Jan. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following American Idol. Gordon Ramsay turns up the heat on restaurant owners when Kitchen Nightmares fires back up Friday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).


On Friday, Feb. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), don’t miss the two-hour second season premiere of Touch, starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland. The series moves into its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).




(Times for All-New episodes are ET/PT except as noted;

Programs in bold denote Winter Premieres)


Sunday, Jan. 6

4:00 PM-CC ET live/


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


Tuesday, Jan. 8

8:00-8:30 PM Raising Hope

8:30-9:00 PM Ben And Kate

9:00-9:30 PM New Girl

9:30-10:00 PM The Mindy Project


Wednesday, Jan. 9

8:00-10:00 PM STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE (Two-Hour Special Event)


Friday, Jan. 11

8:00-9:00 PM Kitchen Nightmares (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM Fringe


Sunday, Jan. 13

7:30-8:00 PM The Cleveland Show

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


Monday, Jan. 14

8:00-10:00 PM BONES (Two-Hour Winter Premiere)


Wednesday, Jan. 16

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)


Thursday, Jan. 17

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Special Two-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)


Friday, Jan. 18

8:00-10:00 PM Fringe (100th Episode and Two-Hour Series Finale)


Saturday, Jan. 19

12:00-12:30 AM INSIDE THE FOLLOWING (30-Minute Special)


Monday, Jan. 21

8:00-9:00 PM BONES

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


Thursday, Jan. 24


9:00-10:00 PM Glee


Friday, Jan. 25

8:00-9:00 PM Kitchen Nightmares

9:00-10:00 PM THE FOLLOWING (encore)


Friday, Feb. 8

8:00-10:00 PM Touch (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

  • OldDarth

    Really going to miss Fringe when it goes.

  • Oliver

    No schedule changes, then.

  • omabin

    the goodwin games? are they really premiering them on mondays as rumoured? Also, Fox should put some comedies after Idol on Thursday where there is barely any comedy competition and where they will have a lead in and put glee back on tuesdays where the voice will be gone

  • CrimTV


    Yeah I don’t know, SpoilerTV said that Fox will premiere Goodwin Games on Monday, April 1, 2013?

  • CBSviewer

    Bones will also have a Two-Hours season finale, no ? After all the eighth season contains 26 episodes.

  • madbengalsfan85

    2 hours of Bones…back to back? That makes me smile

  • SueK


    26 episodes does not guarantee a 2 hour season finale. Not that it wouldn’t be nice. :=)

  • omabin


    I think that was a mistake as I have seen no official information and I don’t know why would Fox air it against the CBS comedies like that, it would be suicidal, worse than mob doctor probably

  • Simon Jester

    I wish more people were watching Ben & Kate. I’m really enjoying it.

  • Michael

    I think they should move The Simpsons to Tuesday at 8, Cleveland Show to a better Sunday spot and burn off Ben and Kate 7:30 Sunday

  • Oliver

    Well, Michael wins the award for the most crazy and least likely suggestion of the day.

  • CenterGravity

    I can’t wait to “observe” the final episodes of Fringe.

  • Baqinardo

    What about Mobbed?
    Howie Mandel just tweeted it’ll be back on January 2nd.
    Hoax? lol

  • Dan

    @CBS viewer – Bones may not necessarily have a 2 hour finale. The show has aired 9 episodes so far this season and after the 2 hour episode on January 14. There will be 15 episodes left to air. FOX has 15 episodes for The Following so its very likely Bones and The Following will air their 15 episodes together through May.

    This schedule is very predictable and the only big change by March is The Goodwin Games replacing Ben & Kate.

  • Ultima

    Bones will also have a Two-Hours season finale, no ? After all the eighth season contains 26 episodes.

    After the two-hour winter premiere, Bones will have aired 11 episodes this season. Unless FOX orders more than 22 new episodes for this season, there will presumably be 15 weeks of new Bones/new Following.

  • Ultima

    What about Mobbed?

    Two hours on Wednesday, 2 January, two hours on Thursday, 3 January and the final hour the following Thursday.

  • Dan

    @Baqinardo – Mobbed will be back with 5 episodes, 2 airing January 2, 2 January 3, and 1 January 10.

  • Ultima

    I think they should move The Simpsons to Tuesday at 8

    I really doubt that FOX is going to move their highest rated scripted show out of the timeslot it has been in for nearly two decades…

  • Dan

    The only other surprise this season is that while Glee is on hiatus in March, its very likely FOX will air a couple of Mindy Project episodes post Idol to give it a boost. My guess is Mindy has a good shot at being renewed for a second season.

  • Ultima

    The only other surprise this season is that while Glee is on hiatus in March

    Why would Glee go on hiatus in March?

    If they don’t move it to Tuesday for its finale (and air comedies instead), it can only be off for three weeks for the remainder of the season – two of which are likely to be in February for final pre-live Idol and first results show.

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