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.]

 
  • steven

    I thought FOX didn’t air original programming at 10pm?

  • John

    @Steven

    They don’t but they do make exceptions some times for special occasions like after a sports game. Rake won’t be on at 10 permanently…only for that one week.

  • Nasir

    So excited for The Following to return!

  • j

    So it’s:
    M 8 Almost Human
    9 Following

    F 8 Bones
    9 Raising Hope
    930 Enlisted

    Glee plays a Community/Rules of Engagement role for whatever gets cancelled?

  • CarShark

    I don’t understand what FOX is doing. Neither Dads nor B9-9 are doing that well, yet they’ve set up every single midseason comedy to fail. What is Enlisted supposed to do on Fridays? Us and Them and Surviving Jack not even getting 13 episodes is a joke.

  • THE OLD MAN

    @ j

    8:00 AI
    8:30 Surviving Ryan
    8:00 Glee

    For 8 weeks whenever in spring (I guess)

    Never try to second guess FOX, you won’t win

  • THE OLD MAN

    CORRECTION

    9:00 Glee

  • THE OLD MAN

    CORRECTION 2

    8:30 Surviving Jack

  • THE OLD MAN

    CORRECTION 3

    SURVIVING THE OLD MAN!!

  • j

    Isn’t Rake Thursdays at 9? Unless it’s some weird-ass limited season and Glee takes over quickly?

  • Dan

    Its good that FOX didnt order a full Sleepy Hollow season because there would be no where to air it.

    My guess is that if Almost Human doesn’t get a full season, Bones will move back to Mondays and Kitchen Nightmares will air Fridays.

    I wonder if Dads will get additional episodes or a full season. Considering Raising Hope and Enlisted are still scheduled for Fridays, and Surviving Jack is scheduled for the post Idol Thursday slot, and also since Us & Them is effectively cancelled I’d say a full Dads season is a safe bet.

  • Darcy

    Rake was confirmed to be a 17 episode order today tweeted by @GaudeP who is SVP Corp Comm at Fox. She also said Glee would return in the Spring but there is no specific date yet.

  • Dan

    @CarShark – Actually any FOX midseason comedy getting 13 episodes is a joke because its extra episodes that FOX doesnt need. They didnt need 13 Goodwin Games episodes last season. They dont need 13 of both Us & Them and Surviving Jack because the less episodes, the quicker the shows air and get out of the way. If they do well they may get second seasons. Enlisted geting 13 episodes makes sense because it has a set Friday slot.

  • Dan

    I can’t see Almost Human getting anymore episodes then the ones ordered.

    6 episodes are scheduled to air through Dec 16 and the remaining 7 will begin airing Jan 13 and then continue the 27th on.

    If Rake does have 17 episodes then its possible when Almost Human finishes its run, Rake could move to Mondays and Glee could return Thursdays.

    Who knows, its early to speculate.

  • Kate

    Can’t wait for The Following to return!

  • TVMAN

    Don’t know why FOX gave Rake a 17 episodes. Didn’t look that good. I think it’s smart for FOX to give IDOL a 30 minute result show. IDOLs height of popularity was in Seasom 5 when they had 30 minute results.

  • JONNYSBRO

    Why can’t fox put Brooklyn nine nine after idol it so deserves the slot? It’s a great little gem that needs some love.

  • Scandalicious

    I honestly think that all of these shows sound fairly promising. I can’t wait for The Following to come back! It is such a great show! Hopefully it can return to what its numbers were early in the first season. I think Rake sounds really good also. The comedies don’t sound great but I will give them a try. Fox obviously doesn’t have any faith in them which bodes well for Brooklyn Nine-Nine! I love me some B99!

  • Dan

    @JohnnysBro – Maybe they figure a new show airing on Tuesdays would do worse than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. To maintain B99′s momentum, it would be good to just leave it on Tuesdays.

    Unlike last year where FOX”s chedule was broing and somewhat predictable, I think the renew cancel index will be more interesting then the usual round of Touch/Glee/Cleveland.

    FOX may not renew a lot of shows early this year, however I expect Family Guy to be renewed by next month.

  • Dan

    According to Deadline, Dads is close to getting a full season which despite many of the people on this site being surprised, is not actually surprising.

    The show is getting the same numbers as Brooklyn Nine Nine and better than Mindy Project both of which have full seasons. Thus it makes sense for FOX to order a full season.

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