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.]

 
  • Mitchell

    @CarShark

    All their midseason comedies must suck. If B99 and Dads, their ‘best’ new sitcoms, fell to ~1.4 within two weeks, what hope do the midseason ones have? They got pushed to midseason for a reason, if they were that good they’d be on the fall schedule.

  • Networkman

    I would really hope that Dads move to Sunday once football is over to finish its 22 episode run. Also keeping The Mindy Project on Tuesday after New Girl is a bit silly. Move it to Friday after Raising Hope. Enlisted should really debut on Tuesday after Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I just feel those two would be a great pair providing an entertaining hour of Television.

    Surviving Jack could of aired on Tuesday at 9:30pm. It did not need its episode order cut. And Us & Them could of been the comedy to air its 6-8 episodes after American Idol’s 30 minute result show in the Spring.

  • luka

    My predictions:

    Jan 15:
    American Idol – 16.35 mln and 5.6

    Jan 16:
    American Idol – 14.68 mln and 5.0

    Jan 19:
    Rake – 14.19 mln and 5.7

    Jan 20:
    Sleepy Hollow – 8.46 and 3.0
    The Following – 8.28 and 2.9

    Jan 23:
    American Idol – 13.27 mln and 4.4
    Rake – 9.38 and 3.6

    Enlisted – 3.27 and 1.5

  • KC

    Since Rake has 17 episodes and assuming it does well, that means Glee would be back in May and run through the summer months (as announced earlier this year):

    “Glee will return in the Spring and air into the Summer to help boost Fox’s all year-round original scripted programming efforts”

  • CookyMonzta

    @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?”

    Half-hour shows on Thursday? Balderdash! They’ve been saying that for the better part of the last 5 years, and they renege every time they make such a false promise.

    Mark my words: Down the stretch (April and May), Idol will remain a one- or two-hour show on Thursdays. If the ratings continue to tank, they will be even more desperate for those advertising dollars, and that means staying on for 60, 90 or 120 minutes on Thursdays.

    The 11th season started with 21.9 million viewers and a 7.4 demo, with its lowest draw being 14.3M and a 3.9. Last year, 17.9M and a 6.0, the lowest draw being 11.1M (show #32) and 2.6 (show #33). For this season, if the people are interested, I’d say 15.9M and 5.3. If not, we might see something as low as 13.9M and 4.6 to start the year. With a viewer attrition rate of somewhere between 6.8 million and 7.6 million over the course of each of the last 2 seasons, if this season doesn’t pick up fast, we could see as few as 8 million for one episode and come dangerously close to the 1s. Right now, I would think a telecast drawing 9.9 million and a 2.5 demo is all-but-certain.

  • Erik

    This is what Fox SHOULD do-
    Tuesdays-
    Raising Hope/Dads
    New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Fridays-
    The Mindy Project/Enlisted
    Surving Jack/Us and Them

  • Steve

    Wouldn’t “Later with Greg Kinnear” have been Greg Kinnear’s broadcast television series debut?

  • christian

    Where does the new Cosmos fit into all this? It is supposed to air all 13 episodes in the Spring, no?

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