Fox Announces Dates for Its Season Finales and Summer Premieres

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Fox is helping you plan your summer vacation, and they get their way, instead of packing up the kids and mini-van and exploring the majesties of the Grand Canyon, you'll instead be home on the couch watching people who think they can dance. The network announced dates for both its season finales and summer premieres today, with the highlights being the season finales of American Idol and The Following, and the series premiere of the wacky new workplace reality show Does Someone Have to Go.

Let's start with the finales: A new American Idol champ will be crowned May 16 in the second hour of a two-part finale. As usual, it will be tape-delayed so by the time it airs on the West Coast, you should already be able to purchase the winner's Christmas album, even though you won't know who the winner is. Because of The Following's shortened 15-episode season, the Kevin Bacon-starring series will wrap things up on April 29 with the reveal that Ryan Hardy has been one of Carroll's followers all along, but then an argument between the two forces Hardy to start his own cult of serial killers who practice the preachings of Robert Louis Stevenson.

This summer, prepare yourself for the very summery show Does Someone Have to Go, a reality program that gives businesses a chance to fix themselves by handing the power to some of the employees. The employees can then use their power to suggest new ideas, fire slacking coworkers, or just run the company into the ground. This sounds like a terrible idea, and I feel bad for everyone who is participating in it. Also coming this summer is Fox's new Saturday-night block, Animation Domination High-Def, featuring short-form animated series Axe Cop, High School USA!, Golan the Insatiable, and more. It makes its debut Saturday, July 27 from 11pm to 12:30am.

Looking for info on BonesNew Girl, and other Fox shows? Check out the straight-from-the-press-release schedule below!

[UPDATE - March 12] Fox has changed the season finale dates for four of its shows: New Girl, The Mindy Project, Touchand Kitchen Nightmares. The season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance has been adjusted from a two-hour premiere to a one-hour premiere. The changes are reflected in the schedule below.  

FOX 2013 SEASON FINALE AND SUMMER SCHEDULE
(All times ET/PT except where noted)
 
  • MONDAY
  • Monday, April 29:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (Season Finale)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Season Finale)

  • Mondays, beginning May 6:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New Special Monday Episodes)

  • Mondays, beginning May 20:
  • 8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE (Encore)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM              THE GOODWIN GAMES (Series Premiere)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL (Encore)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT (Encore)
 
  • TUESDAY
  • Tuesday, May 7:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New Episode)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL (All-New Episode)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT (All-New Episode)

  • Tuesday, May 14:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM            SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL (Season Finale)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Finale)

  • Tuesdays, beginning May 21:
  • 8:00-10:00 PM            SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (All-New Episode)

  • WEDNESDAY
  • Wednesday, May 15:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (Season Finale, Part One; ET live/PT tape-delayed)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO (Series Preview)         

  • Wednesdays, beginning May 22:
  • 8:00-10:00 PM            MASTERCHEF (Season Premiere)

  • THURSDAY
  • Thursday, May 9:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (All-New; ET live/PT tape-delayed)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            GLEE (Season Finale)

  • Thursday, May 16:
  • 8:00-10:07 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Season Finale, Part Two; ET live/PT tape-delayed)

  • Thursdays, beginning May 23:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO (Series Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            HELL’S KITCHEN (Time Period Premiere)

  • FRIDAY
  • Friday, April 5:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (All-New)

  • Fridays, beginning April 12:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)

  • Friday, April 26:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (All-New)

  • Friday, May 10:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Finale)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (Season Finale)

  • Friday, May 17:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Encore)

  • Fridays, beginning May 24:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Encore)

  • SATURDAY
  • Saturday, May 4:
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              COPS (One-Hour Season Finale)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Encore)
  • 11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES

  • Saturday, May 11:
  • 6:00 PM-CC                NASCAR ON FOX – DARLINGTON 500
  • 11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES

  • Saturday, May 18:
  • 8:00-10:00 PM            COPS (Encores)
  • 11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES

  • Saturdays, beginning May 25:
  • 6:30 PM-CC                FOX SPORTS SATURDAYS: BASEBALL ’13
  • 11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ENCORES

  • Saturdays, beginning July 27:
  • 6:30 PM-CC                FOX SPORTS SATURDAYS: BASEBALL ’13
  • 11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (Series Premiere)

  • SUNDAYS
  • Sunday, May 12:
  • 7:00-7:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (Encore)
  • 7:30-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New)
  • 8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (All-New)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS (Season Finale)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY (All-New)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD (Season Finale)

  • Sunday, May 19:
  • 7:00-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)
  • 8:00-9:00 PM              THE SIMPSONS (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM            FAMILY GUY (One-Hour Season Finale; Two All-New Episodes)

  • Sunday, May 26:
  • 5:30 PM-CC                NASCAR ON FOX – COCA-COLA 500

  • Sundays, beginning June 6:
  • 7:00-10:00 PM            ANIMATION DOMINATION (Encores)

What season finales are you looking forward to?


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