24 Delayed, FOX Announces New Schedule

In light of the recently announced strike by The Writers Guild of America, FOX has revised its lineup for January and the remainder of the 2007-2008 season. (The new schedule is subject to change, pending resolution of the strike.)

The highly anticipated drama TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES will have a two-night premiere on Sunday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the show’s regular time period. PRISON BREAK, which has its last November airing on Monday, Nov. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), returns to Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Jan. 14.

The seventh season premiere of 24 is being postponed to ensure that “Day 7” can air uninterrupted, in its entirety.

Television’s No. 1 show, AMERICAN IDOL, returns for Season Seven with a two-night, four-hour premiere event Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New game show THE MOMENT OF TRUTH premieres Wednesday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Two popular FOX dramas take over Friday nights starting Friday, Jan. 4, when BONES has its time period premiere at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT and encores of HOUSE begin weekly appointments at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Comedy ‘TIL DEATH also moves to Fridays, beginning with the time period premiere on Friday, March 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).

HOUSE will air in its regular time period after AMERICAN IDOL on Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) starting Jan. 22, and also will encore on Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) beginning March 10. An original episode of HOUSE with guest star Mira Sorvino will immediately follow Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, Feb. 3, as previously announced.

In addition to AMERICAN IDOL, the Sunday-night animated comedies – THE SIMPSONS, KING OF THE HILL, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD – as well as ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!, COPS and AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK all will continue with original episodes, while a mix of original and encore episodes is currently planned for HOUSE, BONES, ‘TIL DEATH and BACK TO YOU. Encore episodes of BACK TO YOU will follow AMERICAN IDOL on Wednesdays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) beginning March 12.

Several new and returning shows are set to premiere in the spring. The drama NEW AMSTERDAM debuts Friday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The Farrelly Brothers comedy UNHITCHED premieres Sunday, March 2 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) for a six-week run in the time period. On Monday, March 3, unscripted role-reversal series WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD (working title) debuts (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Friday, March 7 marks the series premiere of comedy THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT). Fiery chef Gordon Ramsay suffers no fools on Tuesday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when HELL’S KITCHEN returns for Season Four. And new drama CANTERBURY’S LAW starts making its case Friday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

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  • SimplyKimberly

    :sobbing uncontrollably:

    I knew it was coming, but damn this breaks my tv loving heart. I was going to get a much needed Soul Patch fix and now it seems that won’t happen for another year or so.

  • The fact that they’re actually moving Bones to Friday blows my mind. It deserves better treatment!

  • leoguy72388

    wow … this is the beginning of the end … if all of the rest of the tv schedules I may have to unplug my tivo and sit crying in the corner … or you know … find something productive to do with my time >__<

  • leoguy72388

    meant to say tv schedules look like this … duh >_> <__>

  • leoguy72388

    I was just thinking about this schedule, and it seems to me that fox has made some very VERY stupid decisions.

    Firstly, regarding new programs:

    In this strike period lull all of our favorites shows will be in reruns. Why not take advantage of this less competitive period and put everything out there. Putting shows on a friday night seems incredibly foolish. Networks are struggling to get decent ratings on a Friday night as it is, what makes Fox think that once tv turns to garbage people will be inclined even slightly to stay in on a Friday night to watch tv? Why not take a more aggressive route and launch the new shows post AI. For all fox knows, they could have the next big hit on their hands and they are putting it on Friday nights to die a slow painful death (although it IS fox so maybe not so slow). I mean, why not? It isn’t like they have new episodes of a current hit to put in all of the good timeslots.

    Secondly, regarding current favs:

    Why separate a great pairing? House and Bones go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, so why split them up. I realize that there are only a limited number of episodes remaining, but why not go on a media blitz of sorts and advertise the two hour House/Bones combo.

    The networks should not roll over and die from this strike, they should use it as an advantage to push whatever remaining shows they have to new levels in order to gain viewers. I just hope that the rest of the networks DO NOT follow suite with fox, and announce creative schedules that make the best of this bad situation.

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