Fox moves fall to late summer

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Fox was the last of the major networks to unveil its 2008-2009 prime-time schedule, and from the looks of it, it used its position to its advantage.

Though the new most-watched network was last to present its schedule to advertisers in New York City, it looks as though it will be first to show its new programming to viewers. Fox will kick off its season in late August with a week of two-hour premiere events in an effort to build up audiences early, beginning with the debut of Prison Break's fourth season on August 25.

That is followed the next day by the debut of what Fox hopes will be the next big television hit: J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi action show Fringe. Fringe, one of two new shows in Fox's fall lineup, will get the benefit of following House on Tuesdays, with the Hugh Laurie medical drama moving up to 8 p.m.

The second new show for the fall is Do Not Disturb, formerly titled The Inn. It will be half of Fox's live-action comedy Wednesday block, which is moving back an hour probably because CBS added an hour of comedy to its lineup on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which launched midseason this year, moves up to the fall on Monday nights with Prison Break. Bones is the odd man out, once again leaving its partner House and striking out on its own on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and leading in to 'Til Death and Do Not Disturb.

2009 appears exceptionally strong for Fox, and it isn't just because of more American Idol. Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Fox's other potential smash, will be held until January, where it will be paired with 24 on Monday nights. January will also see the debut of the new reality show Secret Millionaire, which follows rich guys as they help out those less fortunate. Later that spring, Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show and Sit Down, Shut Up will join Fox's Sunday animation block.

Looks like another strong year for Fox. The updated schedule is below.

Fox Prime-time Schedule: Beginning late August:

Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
9:00-10:00 p.m. Prison Break

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. House
9:00-10:00 p.m. Fringe

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-9:30 p.m. 'Til Death
9:30-10:00 p.m. Do Not Disturb

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Moment of Truth
9:00-10:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

Friday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9:00-10:00 p.m. Don't Forget the Lyrics!

Saturday
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 a.m. Talkshow with Spike Feresten

Sunday
7:00-8:00 p.m. The OT
(NFL Post-Game) 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

Fox Prime-time Schedule: Beginning January 2009

Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Dollhouse
9:00-10:00 p.m. 24

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. American Idol
9:00-10:00 p.m. Fringe

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. House
9:00-9:30 p.m. American Idol (Results Show)
9:30-10:00 p.m. TBA Comedy

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Hell's Kitchen
9:00-10:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire

Friday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-9:30 p.m. 'Til Death
9:30-10:00 p.m. Do Not Disturb

Saturday
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 a.m. Talkshow with Spike Feresten

Sunday
7:00-7:30 p.m. Comedy Encores 7:30-8:00 p.m. Comedy Encores 8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. King of the Hill (January)/Sit Down, Shut Up (Spring)
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad (January)/The Cleveland Show (Spring)