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)

  • Ultima

    the season isn’t done until May 29

    Are you sure about that? Since Nielsen expanded the season to include May sweeps, it’s always ended on the final day of sweeps.

  • Ultima

    The Friday Bones repeats make me wonder whether they are considering moving Bones to Fridays full time in order to open schedule space

    Drama repeats on Friday are par for the course for FOX summers.

  • Ultima

    @Jacob Yates
    I know the Following can only get 15 episodes this season, but can it get a 22 episode order next season?

    They can negotiate with Kevin Bacon and the producers when they renew the show. However, given that they clearly want to air it without interruption due to the serialized nature, I doubt that would go for more than 18 episodes so they can fit it into a midseason run.

  • Danak

    rob said “So American Idol will have its finale on Thursday this year. I wonder if The Voice had anything to do with this decision.”
    Haven’t they been doing that since they moved to Weds and Thurs? Or maybe I’m remembering wrong and they have the final performance show on Tuesday and the finale on Wed?

  • JW

    @Shepherd: No, until now AI finale week had always been Tuesday-Wednesday, even after AI moved to a Wednesday-Thursday rotation a couple years ago. Having the season finale on the final day of the regular ratings season–always the Wednesday before Memorial Day–assured maximum screen time for its crown jewel. But this new development shows that even Fox knows how far AI has fallen. Also note how many of Fox’s summer series and repeats are starting in-season. The way this season has gone for all the broadcast networks, they might as well start summer early.

  • Jonay

    Why premire The Goodwin Games @ 8:30 and not 8????? That’s dumb (-_-)

  • lmw931

    On the 28th february 2013 the cw announced 90210 has been cancelled- it had it coming, it does not get a shortened season.

  • Jerry

    So FOX is ending its season earlier than usual and starting the summer a week or two earlier. They should’ve nabbed another couple of episodes out of Bones and The Following.

    Mindy needs to be cancelled.

    Goodwin Games is as good as DOA, FOX put them with some really low-rated repeats. That lineup will eventually be replaced by Gordon Ramsey in June.

  • Rachel

    All this time I thought So You Think… was cancelled.

  • merrranga

    so have they not settled on a finale for RH? i assume it would be somewhere between 4/11(if they continue playing 2 a week)-5/13 (when repeats air).

  • Ultima

    Why premire The Goodwin Games @ 8:30 and not 8?

    The series is created by the same people who made How I Met Your Mother; they’re probably hoping to get viewers to switch over.

  • Ultima

    so have they not settled on a finale for RH?

    Raising Hope’s finale was already announced; it will be an hour-long episode on Thursday 28 March after American Idol.

  • rob60990

    Is Hotel Hell coming back? It did rate well last summer I remember.

  • CookyMonzta

    Well, I’ll be damned…Idol is having its championship (May 15) and finale (May 16) A WEEK EARLIER THAN EXPECTED (May 22-23). That leaves me with the following assumption:

    The main competition will only comprise of 10. In next week’s qualifying round of 20 (10 girls and 10 guys, Mar. 5-7), they public will select the automatic qualifiers for the single-elimination rounds. I imagine that they’ll put 4 girls and 4 guys through, and the judges will select 4 girls and 4 guys who didn’t make it, to go to the following week’s wild-card (Mar. 13-14), if there is a wild-card round. The viewers or the judges will pick one girl and one guy to fill out the final 10. The main competition will begin on Mar. 20, and 1 will go home each week until there are 2 left for the championship on May 15.

    The fact that they are ending the season on May 16 instead of May 23, leads me to suspect they are not pulling in as much money in advertisements as they used to (but then again, that is already obvious), and therefore can’t afford to go that far anymore.

  • Shepherd


    LOL, I actually forgot that there was another Ramsey show. Good question though. This schedule only goes to the beginning of June. Last year HH didn’t launch until mid August.

  • FringeFan

    You mean the series finale of “The Following”?

    If Fox was smart they’d replace ALL brand new episodes of “The Following” on Friday nights. The ratings have been horrendous thus far & will only continue to slide.

  • Holly


    If Fox was smart they’d replace ALL brand new episodes of “The Following” on Friday nights. The ratings have been horrendous thus far & will only continue to slide.

    This is a joke, right? Please tell me you’re just trying your hand at satire.

  • Shepherd

    I’ll assume that you meant “new episodes of Touch” FringeFan.

  • Nick

    I woder where ‘Hotel Hell’ is. Fox definitely renewed the show. Are they planning on pairing it with MasterChef on Wednesdays? On Thursdays if that new show flops? Mondays to replace Goodwin Games?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Does Someone Have to Go – what a godawful premise for a show. Someone should be shot… :-)

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