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



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/



8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD


Tuesday, Jan. 8


8:30-9:00 PM BEN AND KATE

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL



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



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


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


Friday, Feb. 8

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

  • Dan

    @Ultima – Glee will have 12 episodes to air Jan-May. The first 6 January 24-February 28. Because FOX usually gives Glee a break, the remaining 6 episodes probably won’t air April 11-May 16 (my guess) because they don’t like airing Glee repeats in between new episodes. So if there is no repeats and Idol is on for 1 hour, its possible FOX may give a boost to Mindy Project like they have done with struggling comedies in the past like Til Death.

  • Dan

    @CrimTV – SpoilerTV is wrong. Goodwin Games has no official premiere date yet but it I were to guess, it would probably be April 2. Ben & Kate has 9 more episodes that will start airing January 8 and with a few repeat weeks the season will end probably March 26. If Goodwin Games premieres April 2 then all 7 episodes will air by May 14 and then the series will probably be cancelled.

  • Ultima

    Glee will have 12 episodes to air Jan-May

    You’re right; I miscounted.

    However, I expect the most likely approach to use Idol to help their comedies would be a 90-90-120 semifinal week.

    Maybe they’ll air Hell’s Kitchen twice a week while Glee is off (assuming they’re still planning on a non-summer cycle).

  • Sarah

    I’m kinda curious about Bones since they labeled it like that. I know it will be 2 different episodes, but I wonder if it will be continuous like “Yanks” (i.e only 1 opening sequence and ending credits).

  • CrimTV


    They shouldn’t have given a back order to Ben & Kate and aired Goodwin for longer than 7 episodes, or aired it from fall, I was really excited for it.

  • Dan

    @CrimTV – Apparently Fox liked both their new comedies and were going to give them full seasons no matter what. Most likely because the wanted to keep the Tuesday comedy block all season. They knew Goodwin Games would replace 1 of the new comedies which is why Ben & Kate got a 6 episode back order. Because they didnt ax B&K after 13 eps Goodwin Games had to be cut to 7 eps so theyd have 26 weeks of new eps in the 830 slot.

  • psychic

    It hasn’t really hit me that Fringe is ending yet. I guess it will next year, on Fridays, when it finally hits home that no, there’s nothing to watch. Lump in my throat, that’s for sure.

  • Dan

    @Ultima – Are they airing Hell’s Kitchen this spring? I thought it wouldnt return until June.

  • Networkman

    I’m really excited about The Following. And because DWTS and The Voice are both on breaks, I feel that it has a great chance of being a break out hit for FOX. The network is desperately in need of another successful drama. I say that it premieres with at least a 2.8.

    I am really looking forward to watching the series finale of Fringe as well. I’m so interested to see how this shows ends. I feel it is going to be such a creative, unforgettable masterpiece.

  • ToXiX

    Wanna see The Following & The Goodwin Games.

    Hope they do well.

    I have a feeling both of them will surprise in the ratings.

  • Dan

    @Toxix – The way I look at it is no show can do worse than The Mob Doctor so if The Following holds on to 80% of its Bones lead in, it will get a second season. Since FOX has no dramas except Bones, they will try to save The Following. The Goodwin Games will probably do worse than Ben & Kate and the fact that the episode order was cut doesn’t bode well for the show. Plus by the time Goodwim Games premieres it will have the two highest rated shows on television NCIS and The Voice as competition. Since Fox will likely renew Raising Hope, New Girl, and The Mindy Project; The Goodwin Games seems to have zero chance at survival.

    My Guess Realistically
    The Simpsons
    Family Guy
    Bob’s Burgers
    American Dad
    The Following
    Raising Hope
    New Girl
    The Mindy Project
    Kitchen Nightmares
    X Factor
    American Idol
    The Cleveland Show (If Fox gives it 13 more eps)

    The Mob Doctor
    Ben & Kate
    The Goodwin Games

  • Ruan

    Oh my God, “Fringe” really IS ending. There is nothing currently airing on TV that matches its quality. I’m gonna miss it like hell. I do enjoy “Revolution” but it still doesn’t come close. Considering how amazing the season finales used to be, I can only imagine what the series finale will be like. Top-quality television. Man, that show’s gonna be missed.

  • Wright

    Very sad to see Fringe go, but glad it made it to episode 100.

  • WoWza

    So, FOX should renew Ben and Kate ASAP.

    End of the story. It needs to happen

  • WoWza

    TVBYTHENUMBERS – can you do a post discussing the “franchise factor” associated with a show… what affect this has on renewal. Id say that tehfranchise effect keeps many shows on air…. look at the list below.

    Fringe should be considered a a huge success for fans, that cannot be overstated. When one thinks of FOX franchises they think of quality.

    Married… W Children
    Family Guy
    New Girl (Already, yes.)
    Malcolm and the Middle
    That 70s Show
    X Files
    American Idol
    Hells Kitchen

    On their ways to becoming franchises for the the network:
    Raising Hope
    X Factor (If it can last a total of 4 – 5 seasons it will have a run for the books Its already at a third for renewals sake, so it needs to be renewed a fourth time to become a corner stone in FOX history instead of a train-wreck. I expect a season four in some capacity because of this reason alone.)

  • Kaylie

    How do you guys think Idol will premiere? Im at a loss with predictions, and I love hearing other peoples opinions.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Fringe can’t go fast enough for me. :-)

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