FOX Announces Premiere Dates for 'American Idol', 'The Following', 'Rake', 'Enlisted' and More

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October 25th, 2013

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FOX ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES

 

American Idol XIII” LAUNCHES WITH

TWO-NIGHT, FOUR-HOUR PREMIERE EVENT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 16

 

LAST SEASON’S NO. 1 NEW SERIES “THE FOLLOWING,”

STARRING KEVIN BACON AND JAMES PUREFOY,

RETURNS FOR ITS THRILLING SECOND SEASON

MONDAY, JANUARY 20

 

NEW BOLD LEGAL DRAMA “RAKE,” STARRING GREG KINNEAR,

DEBUTS FOLLOWING NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, AND

MAKES TIME PERIOD PREMIERE THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

 

New Comedy ENLISTED To Debut Friday, January 10

 

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF Featuring

LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

Premieres Late-Night Saturday, January 11

 

SURVIVING JACK To Air Thursdays this Spring, Following American Idol

 

FOX is announcing premieres dates for new and returning series, including the returns of American Idol and THE FOLLOWING, and the debut of new legal drama RAKE.

 

Featuring host Ryan Seacrest, a new judging panel, including Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson returning as the new in-house mentor, American Idol XIII begins with an exciting two-night, four-hour premiere Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

Following the season finale of SLEEPY HOLLOW at a special time on Monday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), last season’s No. 1 new series THE FOLLOWING (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) begins its 15-week uninterrupted second season.  Created by Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the “Scream” franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (“X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Frost/Nixon”) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), Season Two catches up with RYAN HARDY (Bacon), in the wake of a horrific new murder spree, which furthers his suspicion that JOE CARROLL’s (Purefoy) reign of terror is far from over. The series also stars Shawn Ashmore (the “X-Men” franchise) and Valorie Curry (“Veronica Mars”), and joining the cast this season are Connie Nielsen (“Boss,” “Law & Order: SVU”), Jessica Stroup (“90210”), Sam Underwood (“Dexter”) and Tiffany Boone (“Beautiful Creatures”).

 

Bold new legal drama RAKE debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Thursday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Making his broadcast television series debut, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”) plays a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one.

 

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 11 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF will feature LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE. In LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO., the stand-up comedy of New York-based identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas (The Lucas Brothers) gets animated. The twins run a moving company, and no matter what happens around them, they always remain totally, bizarrely unfazed. GOLAN THE INSATIABLE is the story of a mighty godlord from an alternate universe who arrives in the small town of Oak Grove, where his only friend is a 10-year-old goth girl named DYLAN. As previously announced, on Saturday, Nov. 23 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), as part of a special ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF lineup, LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE will preview, prior to their January launch.

 

As previously announced, new Army-set comedy ENLISTED debuts Friday, Jan. 10 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and starring Geoff Stults (“The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is a single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army post.

 

This spring, new comedies SURVIVING JACK and US & THEM will debut on FOX; series premiere dates to be announced. From Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”) and set in 1990s Southern California, SURVIVING JACK stars Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a man becoming a dad, as his son (Connor Buckley, “Deception”) becomes a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google. SURVIVING JACK is set to air on Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) for eight weeks, following AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-8:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) results shows. New ensemble comedy US & THEM will also join the schedule in the spring. Starring Emmy Award nominee Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) and Alexis Bledel (“Mad Men,” “Gilmore Girls”), and based on an award-winning BBC series, the series follows a young couple, whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.

 

FOX SEASON AND SERIES PREMIERE DATES

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

 

Friday, Jan. 10:

9:30-10:00 PM                        ENLISTED (Series Premiere)

 

Saturday, Jan. 11:

11:00 PM-Midnight                 ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, featuring

LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15:

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

 

Thursday, Jan. 16:

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

 

Sunday, Jan. 19:

6:00-10:00 PM ET                  NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)

10:00-11:00 PM ET/               RAKE (Series Premiere, Night One)

7:00-8:00 PM PT

 

Monday, Jan. 20:

8:00-9:00 PM                          SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Finale; Special Time)

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

 

Thursday, Jan. 23:

8:00-9:00 PM                          AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        RAKE (Series Premiere, Night Two / Time Period Premiere)

 

 

[EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Glee returns in spring 2014.]

[EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Additional January and spring schedule details to be announced.]

 
  • N

    Is there any info available on how many eps of Rake will be produced? Glee coming back in spring could mean March, April or May.

  • Magnum

    “. SURVIVING JACK is set to air on Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) for eight weeks, following American Idol (8:00-8:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) results shows.”

    That will be ugly.

  • Oliver

    Poor Enlisted.

    New ensemble comedy US & THEM will also join the schedule in the spring.
    The spring? Huh?

  • HV

    So for the last eight weeks of AI excluding the finale, it will be 30 min on thursdays? maybe this is because Fox is worried about the show after how much The X Factor plumeted? and is it good news for Surviving Jack that Fox is reducing AI by a half hour to air it? us & them will end up in the summer, most likely.

  • JoshuaCanada

    Will watch the following again and will check out Enlisted for sure and possibly Rake if it gets good reviews.

    When will other networks release their midseason premiere schedules?

  • Cyrax86

    What about Gang Related & Wayward Pines? Summer burn-off?

  • Linda

    @N
    Back in May, Entertainment Weekly said Rake had a 17 episode order.

  • KC

    @N
    Is there any info available on how many eps of Rake will be produced? Glee coming back in spring could mean March, April or May.

    I believe Rake has 13 eps. That means Glee will return for it’s 10th episode on April 17th!

  • Oliver

    @Cyrax86
    They were always intended to be summer series.

  • SJ

    @JoshuaCanada

    Sometime before Thanksgiving. Although I believe ABC took its sweet time last year (or was it the year before that?) announcing it in mid-December…

    I have a feeling Surviving Jack and Us and Them will end up paired up and burned off in the summer.

    Fox summer Thursdays: Us and Them – Surviving Jack – Glee. Estimated average: 1.0 Live + SD.

  • Ted Craig

    Us and Them seemed so promising. Oh well.

  • Dan S

    @CyrX86, in addition to Gang Related & Wayward Pines, 24 Live Another Day will all be summer series starting next May.

  • Cyrax86

    @Oliver, @Dan S, Thanks for the clarification, I knew about 24 but I wasn’t sure the other two were initially meant for summer.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Cant wait for The Following!

  • starship

    @Ted Craig
    Its order was already cut weeks ago, i.e. it’s de facto pre-cancelled, looks like same goes for Surviving Jack. With Enlisted set to debut on Friday in January it means they have zero hope for any of their mid-season sitcoms. Guess the full orders for Dads should be coming any day now…

  • Igwell

    Excellent for Rake, though FOX usually does launch a drama in spring after a big football game.

  • Aron

    Brooklyn 99 should anchor the night at 8 since it’s getting the post SB slot

  • Oliver

    Thinking about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Us & Them ends up on Saturday, particularly as they are trying to programme summer.

  • James

    Dads will get a full season because every mid-season sitcom is scheduled except Us & Them. But I expect Us & Them to replace The Mindy Project in April.

  • Wright

    Looking forward to Enlisted

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