Fox plots post-strike schedule

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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I am so glad that Fox decided to put House and Bones on a night that American Idol does not broadcast. I have been so tired of American Idol pre-empting House and Bones- Give American Idol their own time frame and leave the other shows alone!!! I am not a fan of American Idol but think it should have its own time slot instead of taking over all the other shows for 2-3 nights a week. Other reality shows broadcast only one night a week! Why not American Idol?
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I'm glad we can finally get back to businss....and some new bones episodes :)
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Can't wait for the return of House. It's been a long time... I really love this show!! Nothing better than a good laugh at the end of a boring university day!!!
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some good new shows :) new amsterdam, jezebel and canterbury law :)
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Another immortal on Tv? I'll watch it anyway (for now ) New Amesterdams pilot was very cool.
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whats with all the dramas. what happened to the good old days when fox was full of brain dead stupidity like married with children. i miss those days
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After looking at what the other networks have lined up for Monday night, this seems like a brilliant move on the part of Fox. I would not be surprised to see these 2 shows move to another night and time at the start of next season.
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It's going to be a long two months waiting for House:(
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Okay, makes sense...especially from a rating-oriented point of view -- since recorded viewings "don't count"...!? But I've also heard of certain time-slots being cursed or so, meaning that shows that are moved to such or even starting out on those are mostly doomed because of the day and time they are scheduled...which I always found kind of weird...

But then again, i also never understood why so many good shows get cancelled but a pile of dog-p** like "Flash Gordon" runs a full first season and may even see another one...!?! ;)
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MILE089 - it has more to do with competition. let's say i watch a show on tuesday because there's nothing else i want to watch that night. then suddenly they switch it over to monday? well now there are two other shows that i already watch that night, so depending on how attached to it i am, i might stop watching. of course, this is less of an issue nowadays with tivo and dvr's, but when it comes to watching live viewers are forced to make a choice.
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Since I'm not from the US maybe someone can clear this up for me -- why does the scheduling always seem to have such a huge impact on shows and even their success...?!? I mean, I know the out-dated Nielsen rating system sucks big time, but anyway...

If I like I show that I used to watch on Tuesdays why would I not cintinue watching it on Mondays...?! What's the big deal here...?! I really don't get it, honestly...
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i was wondering what was up.. stupid freken strick , how dare they make us suffer like this.does anyone know when.. grey's anatomy, and ER start again.ANYWAYS CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW SHOWS, TO COME BACK ON
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Has a decision been made as to the fate of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles?
I REALLY want that show to continue!!
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Looking forward to House, haven't seen those other shows though.
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All the House and Bones fans that liked Tuesdays should definitely band together to get American Idol switched to Monday. House and Bones are so much better.
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Finally. I've been waiting forever for new Bones. House I can wait for, but I need me some Booth.
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Woo! House and Bones back on (dances)
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we want HOUSE and BONES forget IDOL
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does anyone else feel like fox is sodomizing us with all this Idol crap?
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this sucks!! 2 episodes in 2 days then 3 month for the next episode!!!
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yes! house is back. can't wait :)
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yay to more new episodes from my favourite shows
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WOOOOO HOUSE IS BACK!! TOP SHOW!
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BONES N HOUSE R AZZZOME
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WOOOOWWWW!!!!! HOUSE AND BONES ARE BACK!!!!!!! I AM ONE HAPPY FAT KID!!!!!!
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HOUSE!! FINALLY!!!!! I can have something to do on Mondays now! :) I missed it soo much!
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Great. Welcome Back HOUSE, missed you so much
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Glad Bones is back, also Back To You is a fav of mine.
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Sweet! House and Bones are back! Gives me something to look forward to on a Monday. *Clears plans on Mondays for all of April and May*
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yay...BONES + HOUSE = PERFECT
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yah house
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What about the best tv series ever? i mean Prison Break...
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Go for House !
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thats pretty cool about New Amsterdam, already saw the pilot and I liked it a good deal, as for the others.. well whatever house is entertaining once in a while so i'm glad its gonna be sticking around
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Yay, more House and Bones!

David Boreanaz rules. :)
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lol everyone is house and bones. wut about hells kitchen. im glad its coming back.hahah. oh and rashida jones is hot. i'll watch anything with her
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yay! two of my most favorite shows are one after the other!

GO HOUSE + BONES!
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Yea House and Bones.
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Yay for House!!! :)
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House in da house!
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Why Mondays! WHY WHY WHY! What was wrong with Tuesdays? They were kicking butt there. But Mondays...nooooo
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Bones and House are two of my favorites can't wait until they are back.
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can't wait for Bones and House
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House and Bones YAY!!!!
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Bones and House, it´s awesome! Please bring Bones for a 4th season!
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bones and ouse awesome
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Bones is back baby!!!!
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I'm pleased that Bones and House will be back but why are the shows moving Tuesday nights to Monday nights?
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H-O-U-S-E * i-s * b-a-c-k!
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YES!!!! I cannot wait for Bones and even Back to You :):):) YAAAAY
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