Fox announces fall premiere dates


LOS ANGELES--Fox president Peter Ligouri predicts Thursdays this fall will be the night America is glued to the tube. Ligouri, speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, noted that all of the nets have moved some of their biggest guns to the night.

"[It'll be] one monster night of TV," he said of the night, which will feature CSI on CBS, Grey's Anatomy on ABC, Deal Or No Deal on NBC, and the new Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) sitcom 'Til Death on his own network.

Ligouri criticized ABC president Stephen McPherson, who spoke last week at the TCA, about comments McPherson has made in the past regarding Fox copying premises for reality shows from the alphabet network. Ligouri cited ABC's new low-rated show The One, which has been called a clone of Fox ratings titan American Idol.

"McPherson probably owes [Fox] an apology," Liguori said Monday. "He spends a lot of time dumping on [Fox] for copycatting, and I think he got a big stiff one there."

Fox has seven new shows premiering this fall.

Duets is American Idol crossed with Dancing With the Stars, a reality show wherein celebrities are given singing tutelage by their professional duet partners. Standoff tells the story of hostage negotiators. 'Til Death is a relationship sitcom starring Brad Garrett and Joely Fischer, and Happy Hour is a working-stiff-has-problems-with-ladies comedy starring Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential). Justice is a legal drama from Jerry Bruckheimer, and Vanished follows the hunt for a senator's kidnapped wife. Saturday at midnight will see Fox follow MADtv with Talk Show with Spike Feresten.

Here is the Fox network's fall schedule. New shows are in caps.

Monday, August 21
8:00-9:00 p.m. Prison Break
9:00-10:00 p.m. VANISHED

Wednesday, August 30
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-10:00 p.m. JUSTICE

Thursday, August 31
8:00-10:00 p.m. DUETS

Tuesday, September 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. STANDOFF
9:00-10:00 p.m. House

Thursday, September 7
8:00-8:30 p.m. 'TIL DEATH
8:30-9:00 p.m. HAPPY HOUR
9:00-10:00 p.m. DUETS

Friday, September 8
8:00-9:00 p.m. Nanny 911
9:00-10:00 p.m. DUETS Results Show

Saturday, September 9
8:00-8:30 p.m. COPS
8:30-9:00 p.m. COPS
9:00-10:00 p.m. America's Most Wanted

Sunday, September 10
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. American Dad
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m.The War At Home

Saturday, September 16
11:00 p.m.-Midnight MADtv

Friday, October 6
9:00 p.m. Trading Spouses: Meet your New Mommy

Thursday, November 2
9:00 p.m. The O.C.

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