Fox plots post-strike schedule

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Fox has finally filled in one of the missing puzzle pieces for television's revamped post-strike programming schedule, but instead of relying heavily on returning shows like other networks, Fox has several midseason programs to show off for the first time.

But first, the news many have been waiting for: House will return with new episodes beginning April 28. The hospital drama, which bounced around the schedule during the strike, will take over Mondays at 9 p.m. with a repeat on April 21 before moving to brand-new episodes on April 28. As with all its returning shows, Fox did not specify how many new episodes it has ordered.

Fox's half-hour comedies won't be out of the production gates quite as quickly as other networks' shows. 'Til Death and Back to You both premiere their to-be-produced episodes on April 6. However, the network had a stash of new prestrike episodes stowed away, and new Back To You episodes will air back-to-back on February 26 and 27 after American Idol, and 'Til Death will have a never-before-seen episode on March 25.

Bones will be back April 14 with fresh episodes and the following week will once again be paired with House on Mondays. Bones will lead in to House as the 8 p.m. show.

As for the new shows, Unhitched (previously titled The Rules for Starting Over) premieres March 2. The comedy features Boston Legal's Craig Bierko and The Office's Rashida Jones (pictured, right) in a show about a 35-year-old man who returns to the world of dating.

New Amsterdam gets the benefit of an extra push--the series' first episode will air three times, twice as a preview March 4 and 6 before settling into its normal time slot of 9 p.m. on Mondays beginning March 10. New Amsterdam follows a New York City homicide detective who is immortal.

Legal drama Canterbury's Law debuts March 10, and Parker Posey's new comedy, The Return of Jezebel James, premieres on March 14 with a one-hour episode before going to its normal 30-minute format the following week. Hell's Kitchen now gets its season premiere on April 1, seriously.

For the latest on the return dates of major-network shows (if they return at all), head over to TV.com's Strike Source feature.

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