Fox's 2013-2014 Schedule: Robot Cops on Mondays and a New Comedy Block on Fridays

By Tim Surette

May 13, 2013

Fox may have had a down year last season, but the network knows how to bounce back. Its schedule is a solid combination of old vets helping out new shows and an interesting flow to releasing new projects. Fox has added a "late fall" launch window for some of its biggest attractions, making its schedule more of a year-round affair of premieres rather than the standard "fall" and "midseason" launches. Fox is also making good on its "event series" (cool guy speak for "miniseries") with M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines and a 12-episode return of 24. Fox will also add the Animation Domination High-Def block on Saturday nights, featuring short-form (12-minute) cartoons. All this is kinda cool, if you ask me. And with cable's total disregard for standard scheduling changing audience's expectations for show launches, the old network routine looks a bit archaic and Fox may be showing networks how it's done.

Let's run through Fox's week day-by-day (scroll down for an easy-to-read detail-free schedule):


Fox is looking to build on Mondays, where it made some ground last season with The Following. The network hasn't been relevant on Mondays since House was in its prime, but it looks like that has a good chance to change with Bones leading in the new series Sleepy Hollow at the start of the season. Fox appears to be pretty high on Sleepy Hollow and has already scheduled repeat airings of the genre procedural about a time-warped Ichabod Crane on Fridays. In "late fall" (whenever that is) Bones will pack its bags and move to Fridays to give way to the Fringe team of J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's Almost Human (pictured, android cops pair with human cops in the future) at 8pm, presumable with Sleepy Hollow continuing behind it. Come midseason, The Following and its shorter episode run (Kevin Bacon's contract stipulates seasons of no more than 15 episodes) follows Almost Human


It's more comedy on Tuesdays as Fox tries its hand at a comedy block again. New Girl remains the anchor at 9pm, followed by The Mindy Project which looks to rebound from a disappointing first season. Kicking off the night are a pair of noobs: Seth MacFarlane's live-action comedy Dads, starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green as two dudes who let their dads move in with them (LOL), starts at 8pm, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (pictured), starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as cops and Fox's best-looking new comedy, sits at 8:30. Sounds like Fox is trying to make the 8pm hour for the men and the 9pm hour for the ladies. The transition between beer commercials to tampon ads should be jarring. (Note to self: track the commercials in that hour and write something about it.) Noticeably missing is Raising Hope, which has been moved to Fridays.


Nothing much to discuss here. The X Factor in the fall and American Idol in midseason. Let's move on!


It's results show Thursdays! The 8pm hour will be taken up by The X Factor and American Idol making and breaking nobodies. Glee returns for Season 5 in the fall, and Greg Kinnear's new drama Rake (pictured), about a cranky but brilliant (it's always "...but brilliant" with these TV shows) criminal defense lawyer, will get an American Idol boost in 2014.


Things get a little wacky on Fridays, which appears to be Fox's experimental evening. At 8pm in the fall, Gordon Ramsay will make children cry on Junior Masterchef, which is exactly what it sounds like. That's followed by the previously mentioned Sleepy Hollow repeats. In "late fall" (again, not sure when that is) Friday completely changes over. Bones moves to 8pm, and the 9pm hour becomes a comedy block with Raising Hope at 9 and new comedy Enlisted (pictured), about three brothers at a Florida army base, at 9:30pm. Hey, at least Fox is already upfront about moving Bones to Fridays. Is it wrong to be unreasonably excited about this potentially new scheduling system? 


If it ain't broke, no need to fix it. The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad air from 8pm to 10pm. It looks like The Cleveland Show is a goner, as expected. 


New drama Gang Related and new comedies Surviving Jack, Us & Them (pictured), and Murder Police are all waiting in the wings for midseason. And I'm sure there are about 15 Gordon Ramsay shows lurking in the shadows as well. M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines mystery miniseries (with a TWEEEST!) will air in 2014 as the first of Fox's planned "event series," the much-hyped return of 24 is actually happening with the 12-episode 24: Live Another Day (date TBD), and Fox's new short-form animation block Animation Domination High-Def is set to premiere Saturday nights in the fall. Oh, one final note: New Girl will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this year.     

FOX's 2013-2014 SCHEDULE (New shows in ALL CAPS)

8:00-9:00 PM     Bones (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (late fall)   
9:00-10:00 PM    SLEEPY HOLLOW (fall) / The Following (midseason)

8:00-8:30 PM   DADS (new)
8:30-9:00 PM   BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM   New Girl
9:30-10:00 PM   The Mindy Project

8:00-10:00 PM  The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)

8:00-9:00 PM  The X Factor Results (fall) / American Idol Results (midseason)
9:00-10:00 PM  Glee (fall) / RAKE (midseason)

8:00-9:00 PM  JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (wt) (fall)
9:00-10:00 PM   SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
Late Fall:
8:00-9:00 PM   Bones (late fall)
9:00-9:30 PM   Raising Hope (late fall)
9:30-10:00 PM  ENLISTED (new; late fall)

7:00-10:30 PM   Fox Sports Saturday

7:00-7:30 PM    NFL Game (fall)
7:30-8:00 PM    The OT (fall)
8:00-8:30 PM    The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 PM    Bob's Burgers
9:00-9:30 PM    Family Guy
9:30-10:00 PM   American Dad

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  • joeyb143 May 19, 2013

    almost human (robocop series wannabe?) I see they are killing Bones off in the last fall, granted if it was going on Mondays (football) it would get killed anyway otherwise not much again on FOX reality network they really should rename it (or call it we cant sign anyone to actually right good material so lets put people on TV call it reality TV( who do you know acts real when they know they are on TV) miss me my fringe

  • transparentman May 16, 2013

    so this "almost human" looks like a cross between Fringe, Judge Dredd, and Irobot

  • irehawk20 May 16, 2013

    I know in the beginning of Season 5 of Glee, there should be Nationals. Then, Brittany and Sugar are leaving early. Then, Tina, Artie, Blaine and Sam are leaving afterwards. I know the 12th episode is the 100th episode celebration. Finally, there is a midseason break afterwards.

  • KevinG87 May 14, 2013

    seems alright I guess, not that I watch most stuff 'live' on tv anymore though.. I'm sure Glee will come back in the spring.

  • irehawk20 May 14, 2013

    When do the season premieres of both Glee, New Girl and The Mindy Project begin?

    I hope in New Girl, there will be a sixth character, which is a third female in a Jess and Cece type, to be added in Season 3 cast lineup!

    I hope in The Mindy Project, there will be two characters to be added in Season 2 cast lineup, to make it a total of eight!

    - If Beverly stays as permanent member, then this cranky old man doctor should keep Beverly from getting isolated.

    - If Morgan keeps on going to be kept, then this young woman member should be of both Mindy and Betsy type.

  • WillianStein May 14, 2013

    Overall this schedule looks very solid

  • bkyle2429 May 14, 2013

    Jack is back Summer 2014

  • modernfamily120 May 14, 2013

    I think that the flop will be Enlisted. Enlisted will then get replaced by Surviving Jack. Meanwhile, I think that Us & Them will end up somewhere on Tuesday in the spring, and really, it could be 8:00, 8:30, or 9:30.

  • vicbjones May 14, 2013

    Considering I started watching 24 regularly when reran episode Fridays after canceling Pasadena, the Sleepy Hollow rerun struck me as the most interesting part of the schedule, but if Sleepy Hollow completely flops, does that mean Kitchen Disasters Mondays at 9:00 until The Following returns? And how is The Following season 2 "shorter"? I thought season 1 was only 15 episodes.

  • Writerpatrick May 14, 2013

    The animation block looks like it's trying to be another Adult Swim and is slotted to compete with Saturday Night Live.

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