FOX Spring 2010 schedule includes ‘Idol’ launch, ‘Human Target,’ ‘Past Life’ premieres

11.24.09 7 years ago 4 Comments

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FOX has announced its full slate of plans for Spring 2010 and, not surprisingly, it has only a slight resemblance to the schedule announced by the network at upfronts in May.

Certainly the marquee announcement in FOX’s  Tuesday (Nov. 24) afternoon release is the formal scheduling of the premiere of “American Idol.” TV’s most popular show will return on Tuesday, Jan. 12 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Wednesday, Jan. 13 (8 p.m. to 9 p.m.). The Wednesday premiere is only an hour to allow FOX the chance to premiere “Our Little Genius,” which is slightly confusing since “Our Little Genius” has actually been given the post-“Idol” slot on Tuesday nights, moving into that hour starting on Jan. 17.  “Our Little Genius” will take the frequently preempted Tuesday post-“Idol” slot until April 13, when “Glee” returns for its back-nine in the coveted hour. 

The post-“Idol” slot on Wednesday will go to “Human Target,” starting on Jan. 20. That won’t actually be the premiere of “Human Target,” though, since the Mark Valley action series will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 17 as part of a previously announced mega-event that will be started by the NFL divisional football playoffs, followed by “Human Target” at 8 p.m. and then the two-hour premiere of “24” from 9 to 11 p.m. And yes, that means FOX is programming an hour later on that evening.

Now you’ll recall that FOX had previously scheduled “Glee” for the post-“Idol” slot on Wednesday, giving the Tuesday slot to “Past Life.” So what happens with “Past Life”? Well, the WBTV drama about investigators using reincarnation and past life experiences to solve crimes will air on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. after “Bones” starting on February 11. “Fringe,” the slot’s normal occupant, will have its winter finale on February 4 and will then return on April 1 after “Past Life” has finished its run.

What other highlights should we note from FOX’s scheduling release? 

Well, original scripted programming is done on Friday, at least for a while. After “Dollhouse” completes its series run on Jan. 22, the network will premiere new episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares” on Fridays at 9 p.m. starting on Jan. 29, paired with encores of “House.”

Also, FOX has set a premiere date for the Tyler Labine comedy “Sons of Tucson.” “Tucson” will premiere in the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot on March 14. On that night, “The Cleveland Show” will move to 9:30, after “Family Guy,” while “American Dad” will shuffle off the schedule for a while.

Oh and if you want one last threat: Although FOX doesn’t have “‘Til Death” on its schedule, the release promises it will “return to the schedule at a later date.”

Because nobody explains a FOX schedule like FOX explains a FOX schedule, here’s FOX’s attempt to clarify its spring 2010 schedule.
MONDAY
Monday, Jan. 4:
7:30 PM-CC ET        TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (LIVE)
Monday, Jan. 18:
8:00-10:00 PM          24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)
Mondays, beginning Jan. 25:
8:00-9:00 PM            HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM          24 (Time Period Premiere)
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TUESDAY
Tuesday, Jan. 5:
7:30 PM-CC ET        FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (LIVE)
Tuesday, Jan. 12:
8:00-10:00 PM          AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19:
8:00-9:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM          OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Time Period Premiere)
Tuesdays, beginning April 13:
8:00-9:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM          GLEE (Time Period Premiere)
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WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, Jan. 13:
8:00-9:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 2)
9:00-10:00 PM          OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Series Premiere)
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM          HUMAN TARGET (Series Premiere)
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THURSDAY
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 14 (no change to lineup):
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM          FRINGE (All-New Episodes)
Thursday, Feb. 4:
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES
9:00-10:00 PM          FRINGE (Winter Finale)
Thursday, Feb. 11:
8:00-10:00 PM          PAST LIFE (Two-Hour Series Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18:
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES
9:00-10:00 PM          PAST LIFE (Time Period Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning April 1:
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES
9:00-10:00 PM          FRINGE (Time Period Premiere)
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FRIDAY
Friday, Jan. 1:
8:00 PM-CC ET        ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (LIVE)
Fridays, beginning Jan. 8:
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM          DOLLHOUSE (All-New Episodes)
Friday, Jan. 22:
8:00-9:00 PM            BONES (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM          DOLLHOUSE (Series Finale)
Fridays, beginning Jan. 29:
8:00-9:00 PM            HOUSE (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM          KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)
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SATURDAY
Saturdays (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM            COPS
8:30-9:00 PM            COPS
9:00-10:00 PM          AMERICA”S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-Midnight   THE WANDA SYKES SHOW
Midnight-12:30 AM   SIT DOWN, SHUT UP
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SUNDAY
Sunday, Jan. 10:
8:00-8:30 PM            THE SIMPSONS (450th Milestone Episode)
8:30-9:30 PM            THE SIMPSONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: IN 3-D! ON ICE!
9:30-10:00 PM          THE CLEVELAND SHOW
Sunday, Jan. 17:
4:00 PM-CC ET        NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF (LIVE)
8:00-9:00 PM            HUMAN TARGET (Series Preview)
9:00-11:00 PM          24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 1)
Sunday, Jan. 24:
6:00 PM-CC ET        NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LIVE)
Sundays, beginning Jan. 31 (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM            THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episodes)
8:30-9:00 PM            THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New Episodes)
9:00-9:30 PM            FAMILY GUY (All-New Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM          AMERICAN DAD (All-New Episodes)
Sunday, March 14:
8:00-8:30 PM            THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM            SONS OF TUCSON (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM            FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM          THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere)

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