Fox Announces Its Midseason Schedule: Alcatraz, Touch, and Breaking In All Make the Cut

Fox’s midseason scheduling announcement is hot off the presses, and your resulting excitement should be directly proportional to how you feel about three of the network's most bankable commodities: American Idol, J.J. Abrams, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Let’s get the singing-show news out of the way: Regardless of what Fox would like you to think, The X Factor’s first season is a dud. The judges are lackluster, the contestants forgettable, the host incompetent, and the show, as a result, irrelevant. With American Idol, however, Fox execs can at least look forward to stirring up a little buzz. It’ll air on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a two-day premiere on January 18 and 19, followed by a special "extended primetime broadcast" on Sunday, January 22. I can't wait to see how J-Lo manages to sneak a Fiat onto the stage despite the objections of Ford, a longtime Idol sponsor.

Next up, Alcatraz, a show we’re decidedly iffy about. The J.J. Abrams drama about the mysterious reappearance of missing guards and inmates from the famous prison will debut with a two-hour series premiere on Monday, January 16 before settling into its regular spot after House on Monday January 23. (The good doctor will finish out his final season in a slightly different timeslot, of Mondays at 8pm instead of Mondays 9pm.)

Touch, from Heroes creator Tim Kring, brings the Return of Kiefer; it's a “preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.” Sounds like the description for an EST seminar, but whatever, I’ll check it out when it debuts with a "special" preview after Idol on Wednesday, January 25 before its series premiere on Monday, March 19.

Then there are a few zombies thrown in for variety: Not actual, Walking Dead-style zombies, but shows resurrected from the TV graveyard. That’s right: COPS, the inspiration for South Park’s "White Trash, In Trouble," returns to Saturday nights on January 7, while Breaking In, which was canceled last May only to be revived in August, kicks off its 13-episode second season on Tuesday, March 6. The bizarre yet delightful Bob’s Burgers returns to the Animation Domination block on Sunday, March 11.

Finally, while we'll be losing a lemon in Allen Gregory—which Fox opted not to mention in its official scheduling announcemnt—we'll be trading it on Sunday, January 15 for a possible turkey in Napoleon Dynamite, the animated version of the movie that stopped being cool to quote about seven years ago. Note: Before you rejoice over the Allen Gregory omission, remember that Fox was always planning on clearing space for Napoleon Dynamite and Bob's Burgers. That said, it's still not a good sign for the Jonah Hill animated comedy (and by that, we mean it's a great sign).


FOX's Midseason Premiere Dates
New shows are in ALLCAPS

Thursday, January 12
THE FINDER

Sunday, January 15
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Monday, January 16
ALCATRAZ (two-hour series premiere)

Wednesday, January 18
American Idol

Monday, January 23
ALCATRAZ (time-period premiere)

Wednesday, January 25
TOUCH ("special preview")

Tuesday, March 6
Breaking In

Sunday, March 11
Bob's Burgers

Monday, March 19
TOUCH (series premiere)


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All Right dutch is coming back to tv !!!!!
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Nice to see Kiefer coming back but, by the sounds of it, the new program is a big comedown from '24.'

As for the other comments below, either the readers don't read well or retain what they read and they have a low expectancy for what they watch. Sounds like the criteria isn't script or acting but how good the actors look in a thong.
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After reading this, all I can say is thank god for Netflix and Hulu.
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Just from what I've seen from it's commercial, Napoleon Dynamite looks like a stillbirth.
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With all of the flops that came out this year I'm still missing "24" and the regular "Law & Order." If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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I'll be waiting Touch & Kiefer.
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I'll probably check out Touch, Alcatraz and The Finder, although the only one I have even remote interest in is The Finder, especially since it's a Bones filler. But based on the backdoor pilot I really don't expect a great future for the show.
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Can't wait to see Alcatraz
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Alcatraz, Touch and The Finder will all be joining my schedule for the "4 episode test" (if they last that long).



Breaking In and Bob's Burgers will be rejoining my schedule.
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Looks like it'll be watching Alcatraz and Touch.
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Thumbs up for the reappearance of "Bob's Burgers" and the hopefully permanent disappearance of "Allen Gregory."

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Let's see

NBC: Smash, The Firm (If only Awake was on the list....)

Fox: Alcatraz, Touch

CBS: Nothing

ABC: Nothing (If it was on the list, Apt. 23)

CW: Nothing
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I saw Keifer and my heart dropped! After I read about the show "Touch" all I could think about is how I miss "24". TV will never be the same to me without "24" and "Lost". I am enjoying "Once Upon A Time". and "Terra Nova"...so I guess there is hope....I just miss my other shows so much... :-(
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"Alcatraz" and "Touch" for sure. "Breaking In" is back.. Boom goes the dynamite.
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glad Breaking In is returning !
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Sweet, breaking in is coming back.... kindave a good move.... it wasnt an awesome show but it was much better than the other crap fox was showing.....lets see what the show can do with 13 episodes....
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Bauer Power again...hehehe...
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Alcatraz, Touch and YESSSS!!!! Breaking In!!
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Alcatraz for sure. Don't care about the rest.
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Super excited about the Finder. I'm glad that Breaking in was brought back and I will probably check out touched just because it has Kiefer sutherland
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Finder is the one I'm excited about.



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FOX's Animation Domination needs to be retired. They can't come up with anything new and all the old shows are worn out. They're just an excuse for dumb jokes they can't get away with on live-action sitcoms.



I can't say I'm all that excited about any of their new shows. I'll check out The Finder since the pilot wasn't that bad. And I will probably check out Alcatraz and Touch, although neither one has me all that excited.
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Napoleon Dynamite for sure. And I'll give Alcatraz a go.
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I, for one, am excited for Alcatraz. I believe in JJ Abrams. Remember a little show called "Person of Interest" which everybody thought would be a boring procedural? Well, that show is so much more than just that. If Alcatraz wants to do it in a procedural way, then they could do it the POI way and become awesome with intriguing, charismatic actors and writing. The cast looks great and the production value is awesome!



Also excited for Touch, provided Kring gets down his high horse and actually plans a series, instead of throwing whatever lame ideas come to his mind left, right and center, in viewers faces!



I stopped watching House midway through season 7. Still, I really do hope Hugh gets an Emmy atleast this year if House ends. The man deserves it.
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I'm looking forward to Breaking In coming back. I'm glad FOX decided to give it another chance. As far as the new shows go, I'll probably check out Alcatraz, Touch, and The Finder.
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Breaking In was great! Yeah. It's stupid boy humor.. but I liked it. And Finder is a nice Bones spin off.. I will be checking out Touch. Skipping Alcatraz though. Doesn't even sound good.
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Never heard of Breaking In or The Finder.
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The Finder is based on a novel about a soldier who suffered a brain injury which gives him the gift of being able to piece all kinds of disparate clue together in order to track down anything or anyone. The brain injury also makes him paranoid and off-kilter. It was put together by the same creator as Bones, and the character was introduced in a Bones episode last year.
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If it was created by the same person who created Bones, then I predict it is going to be terrible.
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I love Bones, so I predict it is going to be great.
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BOB'S BURGERS!

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I'm actually pretty stoked for The Finder ;)
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Seriously, what's the logic behind the special preview of Touch? What if the response is very positive to it , will they response by " You like this preview ? Please come back in 2 months for the rest! " and I don't like the idea of airing Touch only in mid-march even though I'm really curious about this one.



Also curious about Alcatraz but just curious not really excited or anything stronger.
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So excited about Breaking In! Best news I've heard all day! And it's only fourteen minutes after midnight! XD
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C'mon, March is midseason?
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That's what i was thinking, too. It's almost summer programming. Glad to hear that Breaking In is back!!!
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Does Tim Kring's name inspire anything but a sense of craptacularness after what Heroes became?
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I'm glad Breaking In is back. Not the best show around, but it was quite funny. Also, I love Odette Yustman (I refuse to call her Odette Annable, because that would be admitting to myself that she's married).
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Wait, has it been confirmed that its the last season for HOUSE?
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FOX is hoping to get a deal done with Hugh Laurie so they won't announce that it is the final season until they reach the point of no return. I heard they are writing two different finales so when the time comes to shoot the final few episodes, we'll know.
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i too would like an answer regarding this question.
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Ohhhh, why do we have to wait so long for Bob's Burgers? That show absolutely RULES!
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It's good that they announced the ALCATRAZ date but if they don't renew TERRA NOVA I'm not even going to bother watching it because if they do cancel TN then ALCTARAZ won't stand a chance in hell because regardless of how good it may be FOX will be sure to screw it over a hundred different ways.
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Yes Bobs Burgers!!!!
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Why is Bob's Burgers coming back so late?
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why bother with all these experiments?? they should make more tv series based on movies. the Matrix, Star wars, lord of the rings, Aliens, ghost busters, DC-Marvel heroes... we all want to see that.
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BREAKING IN! Out of all the shows mentioned here, I'm definitely most excited about this one. I can never get enough Odette Yustman (she's a great addition on House), and Alphonso McAuley as Cassius "Cash" Sparks is HILARIOUS!



I really don't know what to think about Alcatraz. I've read several reviews and seen a few trailers and I still haven't formulated much of an opinion. The premise doesn't seem to be very intriguing. Who really cares where 302 random criminals disappeared one night in the middle of the last century? But since J.J's involved I've got to give it a shot.



Touch sounds interesting. Though, It's going to be weird seeing Kiefer NOT saving the world, one dead terrorist at a time.



Lastly, will American Idol ever die?
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Still sucks there's no Lie To Me and Human Target :(
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I lament with you, brother; our beloved shows are dead.
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So when is Jack going to kill a terrorist? This could be a really great show or it just isn't going to work.



Glad to see Breaking In is back. I really enjoyed the show last year. Christian Slater was actually good in it and so was the rest of the cast.



Alcatraz could be interesting. Doesn't sound like they have a lot of faith in it though.
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WOW!! Missed breaking bad - michael rossenbaum with hair and bret can't really go wrong

WOW2!! Missed bob's burgers so much!



OK!! Touch & alcatraz - sounds cool - like keifer obviously and kring as long as he steps back after a couple of seasons he's like jj abrams they create good shows but never know what to do after a few seasons (heroes, lost and sad to say but fringe feels like it's going that way (no he did not just say that!?)



allen gregory should've gone long ago
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Okay, I can totally forgive you for this mistake. I crashed at a buddy's place a few weeks ago, and he told me he heard me muttering Breaking Bad in my sleep. I've also accidentally ordered Breaking Bad at a McDonald's drive through instead of the Big Mac I wanted. I feel your pain, but I think you meant Breaking In.
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i might check out Touch, but the rest sound stupid and i don't like the returnning ones
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Breaking In is back! I really enjoyed this when it was on! I missed Bret since Reaper
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I think Kiefer Sutherland would make a great cop investigating supernatural phenomenas. his 2008 movie ''Mirrors'' was a very creepy one. I think that would suit him more than what they are offering here.
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He was terrific in Flatline in the 80s (or was it early 90s) as well. Perfect match for him.
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oh true! I forgot that one!..it was early 90's
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I'll never understand all the hate with Allen Gregory. I think it's pretty funny, and a lot of comedies star a dick character. That outdated Napoleon Dynamite crap sure won't be better.



On the plus side, I'm definitely looking forward to Breaking In and Bob's Burgers. So glad that Breaking In got a reprieve. Hopefully, Alcatraz and Touch will be decent because they both sounded really interesting and different.
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I'm glad breaking in is back. Christian Slater used to be awesome, so I enjoy seeing him even when he's behaving like a spastic ninja on crack.
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