Fox adjusts fall schedule; 24 delayed

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The first of the major networks has unveiled its writers-strike-adjusted schedule, and as feared, one major show is getting postponed indefinitely.

Fox is delaying the seventh-season premiere of thriller 24, so that the new season "can air uninterrupted, in its entirety." The show was originally due to air January 13, but now has no scheduled start date.

Earlier this week, new 24 cast member Cherry Jones said that the crew would get through production of eight episodes before the strike interfered with the show's schedule, leaving the fate of the heavily serialized show's premiere up in the air. Fox clearly answered the question of whether it would be pushed back or not, but will still need to decide how and when to air the season currently in production.

The 24 delay isn't good for one of Fox's heavily hyped new shows, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Recently moved into the cushy 8 p.m. lead-in spot for 24, the sci-fi action show aimed to draw viewers from the excitement of 24's return. Now, Sarah Connor won't start blasting cyborgs until 9 p.m. and will have a back-to-back night series premiere January 13 and January 14--the same idea previously reserved for 24.

The new lead-in for Terminator will be Prison Break, which will now be on hiatus only from November 12 to January 14. Prison Break was originally scheduled to start its break in December and return in April, but now it appears as if both will be bumped up.

The writers strike had many fearing that prime time would be filled with game shows, reality shows, and reruns. Unfortunately, this looks to be the case.

March 3 will see Prison Break set free, as well as the premiere of When Women Rule the World, a gender-role-reversal show "set in a primitive, remote location." Fox describes the show thusly: "A group of strong, educated, and independent women, tired of living in a man's world, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots."

Game show The Moment of Truth makes its debut on Wednesday, January 23. The show straps contestants to a lie detector and asks them questions for a chance to win $500,000.

Fans of House are in luck, sort of. The megahit will be airing all over the calendar beginning in early January. Reruns of the show will air on Fridays in January and much of February, after which the show will return as scheduled in late January behind American Idol. New episodes will also encore on Mondays, beginning March 10.

As for new shows, New Amsterdam, once considered to be questionable in terms of whether it would air at all, will begin showing on Fridays on February 22 after Bones, which moves to the end of the week. The Return of Jezebel James debuts Friday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m., and New Canterbury's Law makes its series premiere on Friday, April 11 at 9 p.m. The Farrelly Brothers' Unhitched will also premiere Sunday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m.

Fox's updated (and complex) schedule is below:

Monday
Monday, Jan. 7:
7:30 p.m.-CC ET Allstate BCS National Championship Game (Live)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 14:
8:00-9:00 p.m. Prison Break
9:00-10:00 p.m. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Time Period Premiere)

Monday, March 3:
8:00-9:00 p.m. When Women Rule The World (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Mondays, Beginning March 10:
8:00-9:00 p.m. When Women Rule The World
9:00-10:00 p.m. House (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday
Tuesday, Jan. 1:
8:00 p.m. ET Allstate Sugar Bowl (Live)

Tuesday, Jan. 15:
8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Tuesdays, Beginning Jan. 22:
8:00-9:00 p.m. American Idol (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. House

Tuesdays, Beginning April 1:
8:00-9:00 p.m. American Idol
9:00-10:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (Season Premiere)

Wednesday
Wednesday, Jan. 2:
7:30 p.m. ET Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Live)

Wednesday, Jan. 16:
8:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol (Season Premiere, Part 2)

Wednesdays, Beginning Jan. 23:
8:00-9:00 p.m. American Idol
9:00-10:00 p.m. The Moment Of Truth (Series Premiere)

Wednesdays, Beginning March 12:
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Moment Of Truth (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. American Idol
9:30-10:00 p.m. Back To You (Time Period Premiere)

Thursday
Thursday, Jan. 3:
7:30 p.m. ET Fedex Orange Bowl (Live)

Thursdays, Beginning Jan. 10 (No Changes To Lineup):
8:00-9:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
9:00-10:00 p.m. Don’t Forget The Lyrics!

Friday
Fridays, Beginning Jan. 4:
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. House (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, Feb. 22:
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-10:00 p.m. New Amsterdam (Series Premiere)

Fridays, Beginning March 7:
8:00-8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death (Time Period Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Return Of Jezebel James (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. New Amsterdam

Fridays, Beginning April 11:
8:00-8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Return Of Jezebel James
9:00-10:00 p.m. Canterbury’s Law (Series Premiere)

Saturday
Saturdays, Beginning Jan. 5: (No Changes To Lineup)
8:00-8:30 p.m. Cops
8:30-9:00 p.m. Cops
9:00-10:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back
11:00 p.m.-Midnight Madtv
Midnight-12:30 Am Talkshow With Spike Feresten

Sunday
Sundays, Beginning Jan. 6: (No Changes To Lineup)
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. King Of The Hill
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad

Sunday, Jan. 13:
8:00-9:00 p.m. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad

Sunday, Feb. 3 (Super Bowl Sunday):
6:00 p.m. ET Super Bowl XLII (Approx. 4 Hours, Live)
Approx. 10:00 p.m. ET House (Original Episode; Guest Star Mira Sorvino)

Sundays, Beginning March 2:
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. King Of The Hill
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. Unhitched (Series Premiere)

Sundays, Beginning April 13:
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. King Of The Hill
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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