Fox announces midseason schedule

Posted 1:40pm on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010

Fox's midseason schedule includes many changes, including what appears to be bad news for the North Texas-filmed Good Guys.

The biggest move in the schedule, announced Friday is a shift of American Idol from its current Tuesday-Wednesday slots to Wednesday and Thursday, which will put Idol results shows on Thursdays, one of the most competitive nights of the TV week. That shift alone causes a lot of shuffling in the schedule, and seems extra risky considering that Idol, long entrenched on Tuesdays, will have two new judges in Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and will also have some tweaks in its format.

With Idol on Thursdays, the critically acclaimed, cult-hit science-fiction series Fringe will move to Fridays -- which usually spells doom for a drama on Fox, which hasn't had a drama gain traction on Fridays since The X-Files moved from Fridays to Sundays in 1996.

Fringe moves into the 8 p.m. Central slot held by Good Guys, which is not on the schedule. The action comedy, starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as odd-couple cops and filmed in and around Dallas, has struggled with low ratings since its debut in late spring, when it originally aired on Mondays before moving to Fridays.

Also not on the schedule is Running Wilde, a Will Arnett-Keri Russell sitcom that aired Tuesdays and has also struggled.

The schedule is a pretty convoluted deal, thanks to a series of reruns and two-hour episodes. Here it is, with notes on new shows.

MONDAY

Jan. 10

7 p.m. Lie to Me (two-hour episode)

Beginning Jan. 17

7 p.m. House

8 p.m. Lie to Me

Beginning Feb. 7

7 p.m. House

8 p.m. The Chicago Code. Heavily promoted during the World Series, this crime drama from Shield creator Shawn Ryan is about elite cops fighting crime and corruption in Chicago. Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Delroy Lindo and Matt Lauria star.

TUESDAY

Beginning Jan. 4

7 p.m. Glee repeats

8 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop, a game show hosted by actor-comedian Kevin Pollak.

Beginning Feb. 8

7 p.m. New Glee episodes resume

8 p.m. Raising Hope returns

8:30 p.m. Mixed Signals, a "relationship comedy" featuring, among others, The Office's David Denman.

WEDNESDAY

Jan. 5 and 12

7 p.m. Two-hour Human Target episodes

Jan. 19

7 p.m. Two-hour American Idol premiere

Beginning Jan. 26

7 p.m. American Idol

8 p.m. Human Target

Beginning Feb. 16

7 p.m. American Idol expands to two hours

Beginning April 6

7 p.m. American Idol begins 90-minute episodes

8:30 p.m. Breaking In, a workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that goes to extremes in its business. Christian Slater and Reaper's Bret Harrison star.

THURSDAY

Beginning Jan. 6

7 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop. Yes, again.

8 p.m. Bones (time-slot change)

Beginning Jan. 20

7 p.m. American Idol

8 p.m. Bones

FRIDAY

Beginning Jan. 21

7 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

8 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (repeat)

Beginning Jan. 28

7 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

8 p.m. Fringe

SATURDAY

Beginning Jan. 22, Cops and America's Most Wanted will resume in the 7-9 p.m. block for the only completely unchanged night on the schedule.

SUNDAY

Beginning Jan. 9

7 p.m. The Simpsons

7:30 p.m. Bob's Burgers, an animated comedy featuring the voice of H. Jon Benjamin (who will do double-duty on FX's Archer) as the patriarch of a family big on good burgers and bad service ... and bad everything else.

8 p.m. Family Guy

8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (time slot premiere)

Beginning Jan. 16, Simpsons repeats will air at 6 p.m., and American Dad will move into the 6:30 p.m. time slot. The Sunday schedule otherwise is the same as above, although it will be pre-empted Feb. 6 by coverage of Super Bowl XLV, which will be followed by a special, new Glee episode.

Robert Philpot, 817-390-7872

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