FOX Announces Finale Dates for 'Bones', 'The Following', 'New Girl' & More + Summer Premiere Dates Including 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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February 28th, 2013


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New Girl” AND “The Mindy Project” TUESDAY, MAY 7;





The Cleveland Show,” “THE Simpsons” AND “Family Guy






So You Think You Can Dance” LAUNCHES NEXT SEARCH










FOX is announcing season finale dates and premiere dates for its summer programs, including new unscripted series DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO, the Season 10 premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, the premiere of family comedy The Goodwin Games and the return of MASTERCHEF.


New unscripted workplace experiment DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO clocks in with a special preview Wednesday, May 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the first night of the two-night season finale of American Idol (8:00-9:00 ET live/PT tape-delayed). In the series, which makes its time period premiere Thursday, May 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the boardroom doors get blown wide open when employees are given the power to make some tough decisions. Frustrated bosses will hand over the reins of their companies to the employees, offering their respective staffs a chance to make changes in the workplace – even if it means letting co-workers go. Each participating office will have its own set of issues, which will force them to take a hard look at what’s plaguing their workplace and answer the toughest question of all: DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO?


Returning for its landmark 10th season, So You Think You Can Dance waltzes into a new season Tuesday, May 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series will feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges including actress Minnie Driver, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, comedian Wayne Brady, All-Star Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Adam Shankman, among others, at auditions in Austin, Boston, Detroit, Memphis and Los Angeles.  Each two-hour show will again feature breathtaking performances as well as suspenseful eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancers.


New comedy The Goodwin Games starts playing Monday, May 20 (8:30-9:00 PM), as part of a night of half-hour comedies, including encores of Raising Hope (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), New Girl (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and The Mindy Project (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Starring Scott Foley (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Felicity”), Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”) and T.J. Miller (“Our Idiot Brother,” “She’s Out Of My League”), the inventive family comedy tells the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest star Beau Bridges, “My Name Is Earl”), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million – if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s wishes.


MASTERCHEF debuts its fourth season with a two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, May 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). After a nationwide search, the best home cooks in America arrive in Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. The hopefuls whose dishes impress the judges the most will earn a coveted white apron and move onto the next round. Throughout the season, the judges will challenge the newest batch of contestants through a series of grueling challenges and elimination rounds to determine which home cook has the skill, drive and passion to make a mark in the culinary world and win a life-changing grand prize.


As previously announced, ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, FOX’s new alternative animated programming block, will premiere on air Saturday, July 27 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET/PT), with a number of new quarter-hour animated series, including AXE COP, based on the hit graphic novel; HIGH SCHOOL USA!, created by Dino Stamatopoulos (“Community”); the UNTITLED LUCAS BROTHERS PROJECT, from identical twin comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas (aka The Lucas Brothers); and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE, from Fox Digital Studio script writer Joshua Miller. Voice actors include Megan Mullally (“Children’s Hospital,” “Will & Grace”), Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult,” “Ratatouille”), Ken Marino (“Children’s Hospital,” “Party Down”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”),  Mandy Moore (“Tangled”), among others.


Before summer, don’t miss these season finale events: Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on Friday, April 5; Touch (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Friday, April 26BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and THE FOLLOWING (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Monday, April 29; the special one-hour season finale of COPS (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on Saturday, May 4; New Girl (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and The Mindy Project (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Tuesday, May 7; Glee (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Thursday, May 9; and American Idol’s two-night season finale on Wednesday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and Thursday, May 16 (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). Plus, ANIMATION DOMINATION draws two nights of season finales with BOB’S Burgers (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Sunday, May 12; and the special one-hour season finales of The Cleveland Show (7:00-7:30/7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30/8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Family Guy (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Sunday, May 19.


Additional summer schedule information to be announced.




(All times ET/PT except where noted)



Monday, April 29:

8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (Season Finale)

9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Season Finale)


Mondays, beginning May 6:

8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (Encore)

9:00-10:00 PM            HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New Special Monday Episodes)


Mondays, beginning May 20:

8:00-8:30 PM              Raising Hope (Encore)

8:30-9:00 PM              The Goodwin Games (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              New Girl (Encore)

9:30-10:00 PM            The Mindy Project (Encore)




Tuesday, May 7:

8:00-9:00 PM              HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL (Season Finale)

9:30-10:00 PM            The Mindy Project (Season Finale)


Tuesdays, beginning May 14:

8:00-10:00 PM            So You Think You Can Dance (Season Premiere)




Wednesday, May 15:

8:00-9:00 PM              American Idol (Season Finale, Part One; ET live/PT tape-delayed)

9:00-10:00 PM            DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO (Series Preview)


Wednesdays, beginning May 22:

8:00-10:00 PM            MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)




Thursday, May 9:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (All-New; ET live/PT tape-delayed)

9:00-10:00 PM            Glee (Season Finale)


Thursday, May 16:

8:00-10:07 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Season Finale, Part Two; ET live/PT tape-delayed)


Thursdays, beginning May 23:

8:00-9:00 PM              DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            HELL’S KITCHEN (Time Period Premiere)




Friday, April 5:

8:00-9:00 PM              Kitchen Nightmares (Season Finale)

9:00-10:00 PM            Touch (All-New)


Fridays, beginning April 12:

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

9:00-10:00 PM            Touch (All-New)


Friday, April 26:

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

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


Fridays, beginning May 3:

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

9:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Encore)


Fridays, beginning May 24:

8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (Encore)

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




Saturday, May 4:

8:00-9:00 PM              COPS (One-Hour Season Finale)

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

11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES


Saturday, May 11:

6:00 PM-CC                NASCAR ON FOX – DARLINGTON 500

11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES


Saturday, May 18:

8:00-10:00 PM            COPS (Encores)

11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES


Saturdays, beginning May 25:

6:30 PM-CC                FOX SPORTS SATURDAYS: BASEBALL ’13

11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES


Saturdays, beginning July 27:

6:30 PM-CC                FOX SPORTS SATURDAYS: BASEBALL ’13

11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (Series Premiere)



Sunday, May 12:

7:00-7:30 PM              THE Simpsons (Encore)

7:30-8:00 PM              The Cleveland Show (All-New)

8:00-8:30 PM              THE Simpsons (All-New)

8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S Burgers (Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              Family Guy (All-New)

9:30-10:00 PM            American Dad (Season Finale)


Sunday, May 19:

7:00-8:00 PM              The Cleveland Show (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)

8:00-9:00 PM              THE Simpsons (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)

9:00-10:00 PM            Family Guy (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)


Sunday, May 26:

5:30 PM-CC                NASCAR ON FOX – COCA-COLA 500


Sundays, beginning June 6:

7:00-10:00 PM            ANIMATION DOMINATION (Encores)

  • NBC Fan

    So they’re ending the season with the Family Guy finale.

  • GARebelman

    FOX has shuffled the Ramsay shows around a lot. Masterchef will be on Wednesday and Hell’s Kitchen will finish I assume on Thursday? So you think you can Dance shifted to Tuesday? I guess because they assume ABC will be strong on Monday in the summer.

  • Shepherd

    Ho-hum… Wake me when Wednesday’s final numbers arrive.. j/k

  • rob60990

    So American Idol will have its finale on Thursday this year. I wonder if The Voice had anything to do with this decision.

  • rob60990

    Hell’s Kitchen being thrown in 3 different timeslot. What a mess.

  • DeanW

    So The Cleveland Show will have a One-Hour Finale. It’s maybe a way for FOX to end the Show.

  • John A

    Should just announce Touch as Series Finale. No one cares about it anyway.

  • SJ

    Wow, so Bones and The Following are all-new for the rest of the season. I respect Fox for finishing most shows early instead of treating sweeps periods like the holy grail of broadcast television. Take notice, ABC!

  • Dhebdja

    Poor Goodwin Games. They’re just leaving it out to dry! Surrounding it with 3 repeats? It’s almost like they want it to fail.

  • Rob3008

    FOX must really hate the Goodwin Games to wedge it in amongst “encores” (I love this TV PR spin for “repeats”) of their Tuesday comedies, which don’t even pull in large viewers for their new episodes.

    It’s admirable, however, that they are at least trying to do something new on the typically dead-zone Saturday nights.

  • JacobYates

    I know the Following can only get 15 episodes this season, but can it get a 22 episode order next season? Or will it always be 15 episodes per season due to the terms in Kevin Bacon’s contract?

  • Dan

    Well this takes care of FOX, I expected them to make a summer announcement soon since they made The Goodwin Games announcement yesterday. And it loos like Bones and The Following will encore there seasons on Fridays while FOX’s comedies and Goodwin Games will air mondays.

    With this news its still safe to assume that FOX will renew Glee, Raising Hope, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and The Following.

    It seems they will also cancel Touch and The Cleveland Show but at least both series will air all episodes.

  • Oliver

    Interesting to note the lack of Glee repeats through Summer.

    The Friday Bones repeats make me wonder whether they are considering moving Bones to Fridays full time in order to open schedule space. It might be a bit too high rated, though.

  • JacobYates

    Quick question. Are Nielsen ratings used to determine total viewership or is there another method used for that?

  • Shepherd


    “So American Idol will have its finale on Thursday this year. I wonder if The Voice had anything to do with this decision.”

    I’ve never watched the show, but I do know that Idol had its finale on Thursday last year as well. I think it’s always been that way, but again I don’t follow the show and usually don’t pay any attention.

  • Shepherd

    @Jacob Yates

    “Are Nielsen ratings used to determine total viewership or is there another method used for that?”

    No Mr. Yates. The networks hire Ms. Cleo to measure total viewership.

  • Dan

    @JacobYates – If they can renegotiate Kevin Bacon’s contract then maybe but if the show gets a second season it seems likely that it would only be 15 episodes. The show builds on Bones consistently so its looking to be a success for FOX.

    @John A – FOX rarely announces series finales for shows only in their second season unless they have already cancelled it. We all know Touch will be cancelled but its highly unlikely FOX will pull the show or make the cancellation official until May. Same with The Cleveland Show.

    @Dhebja – The show was doomed from the start. First the series order was cut which isn’t good for any show (The Return of Jezebel James, Family Tools, The Loop’s second season) but it made sense for a projected timeshare with Ben & Kate. Fox figured Ben & Kate would run its 19 eps through March and Goodwin Games would premiere in its slot and air its 7 eps through May. Maybe then it would have a chance but FOX realized that their comedy block was crumbling so they axed Ben & Kate, doubled up on Raising Hope to get it out of the way, scheduled Hell’s Kitchen for Tuesdays at 8 and now is scheduling Goodwin Games among repeats. The show will be cancelled but atleast FOX inetends on airing it.

  • SJ


    No, the Idol finale always aired on a Wednesday, as it’s the final day of the May sweeps period. The reason why it airs on a Thursday this year is probably the fact that, while sweeps are over May 22, the season isn’t done until May 29 (…which is probably the date the ever-stubborn ABC will air the finales of their comedies).

  • rob60990

    @Shepherd, its season finale for years has been on the last day of sweeps, which is a Wednesday.

  • Shepherd


    My bad. I could have sworn I heard the same comments last year.

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