Fox's 2011-2012 Schedule: The X Factor Marks Its Spot

One day after NBC revealed its upcoming fall schedule, Fox laid out its calendar for next season. The biggest addition to the network's schedule is Simon Cowell's The X Factor, but Fox is spreading out the rest of its shows across the entire week except for Fridays. Remember, Fox doesn't air primetime programming from 10pm-11pm, so there are six fewer hours (none of the networks bother with Saturday) in its weekly schedule. Here's how it shakes out (as usual, everything is subject to change):

Mondays: Steven Spielberg's prehistoric sci-fi drama Terra Nova anchors Monday nights at 8pm, followed by House at 9pm. Terra Nova was originally supposed to air a preview episode this month, but producers thought it could use a little more time with the show's special effects team, so it was pushed back to a normal fall launch. Come midseason, House will move to 8pm and J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz—about mysterious goings-on at the famed island prison—will slide into the 9pm slot.

Tuesdays: Glee and Raising Hope will stay put at 8pm and 9:30pm on Tuesdays, with new comedy New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, sandwiched in between at 9pm. That lineup will remain the same in the midseason, but Fox is talking about planting a two-hour comedy block next year when Glee is on hiatus. Among the candidates for the four slots: New Girl, Raising Hope, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (starring Jaime Pressly), and the two pilots Family Album and Little in Common.

Wednesdays: Midweek is talent-show time for Fox! The X Factor's performance show will run for 90 minutes, from 8pm-9:30pm, followed by I Hate My Teenage Daughter at 9:30pm. Come midseason, the network will swap out The X Factor for American Idol (heck, you may not even notice the difference). The big question here is whether audiences will glom on to The X Factor like they do with American Idol. The other, more appropriate, question is: How many frickin' talent shows do we need on TV?

Thursdays: Thursdays start with the one-hour results show for The X Factor, followed by Bones. Come 2012, American Idol will air its results show followed by Bones spin-off The Finder before Bones returns in the spring.

Fridays: No change on Fridays—all season it's Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe. These two shows go together like peanut butter and tuna casserole! Fringe will be up against NBC's new fantasy series Grimm, and possibly the CW's Supernatural (the CW schedule will be announced by this Thursday at the latest).

Sundays: Animation Domination spreads out a bit next year, with The Cleveland Show starting at 7:30pm, followed by (in order) The Simpsons, new 'toon Allen Gregory (about a 7-year-old boy who leaves the sheltered homeschooling life for a public elementary school), Family Guy, and American Dad. In the midseason new show Napoleon Dynamite takes over for Allen Gregory and Bob's Burgers returns in American Dad's slot.

Not yet with a home on the schedule, but expected to debut in midseason, is Touch, a new drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring. Kiefer Sutherland will play the father of an autistic boy who can see the way the world is interconnected.

There's nothing shocking about Fox's 2011-2012 schedule, aside from its push into live-action comedy. Does anything stick out for you?

Fox Fall 2011-2012 schedule

(New programs in UPPER CASE)


MONDAY

 8-9 pm — TERRA NOVA
9-10 pm — House

TUESDAY

8-9 pm — Glee
9-9:30 pm — NEW GIRL
9:30-10pm — Raising Hope

WEDNESDAY

8-9:30 pm — THE X FACTOR (performance show)

9:30-10 pm — I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER

THURSDAY

8-9 pm — THE X FACTOR (results show)

9-10 pm — Bones

FRIDAY

 8-9 pm — Kitchen Nightmares
9-10 pm — Fringe

SUNDAY

7:30-8 pm — The Cleveland Show

8-8:30 pm — The Simpsons
8:30-9 pm — ALLEN GREGORY
9-9:30 pm — Family Guy
9:30-10 pm — American Dad

Fox Midseason 2011-2012 schedule

(New programs in UPPER CASE)


MONDAY

 8-9 pm — House
9-10 pm — ALCATRAZ

TUESDAY

8-9 pm — Glee
9-9:30 pm — NEW GIRL
9:30-10pm — Raising Hope

WEDNESDAY

8-9:30 pm — THE X FACTOR (performance show)

9:30-10 pm — I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER

THURSDAY

8-9 pm — THE X FACTOR (results show)

9-10 pm — THE FINDER/Bones

FRIDAY

 8-9 pm — Kitchen Nightmares
9-10 pm — Fringe

SUNDAY

7:30-8 pm — The Cleveland Show

8-8:30 pm – The Simpsons
8:30-9 pm — NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
9-9:30 pm — Family Guy
9:30-10 pm — Bob's Burgers

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012



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when is the xfactor on cause it isnt on wed at 8 or 9 i am angry cause it has not been on the time it is supposed to i have missed a couple of weeks now please tell me when it is on and the channel i am on satellite please and thank you
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alcatraz looks good
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alcatraz looks good
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Lookinf forward to Alcatraz and Touch.
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@zwixxx her accent was the actors actual accent, so I doubt it
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will there be another house season on fox for direct tv
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Looking forward to Terra Nova and Alcatraz. Seems like interesting premises for new t.v. shows. Big names behind them never hurt either.
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Hate that two of the new shows i want to watch are on Fox..Terra Nova and ALCATRAZ
 look very interesting. But like usual FOX ,will cancel them if they are any good..
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Davina!!.. not very wise, they cancel them becuse the viewer ship dosen't support the amount the amount of viewers need for advertisers to want to support shows even huge popular get canceled because lack of views interst. But your statement that they cancel them because there good is one of the dumbest things i have herd on why shows are canceled also sometimes there in a time slot of shows that have a following and people wont even look at other shows
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Anyone know if they've tone down the accent on The Finder ? That was the only :eeek: part of the pilot for me.
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yeah fox has really dropped the ball this time... only house and bones left... and kinda liked that Breaking In but the "smart" ppl at Fox decided to axe it so...
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May check out Terra Nova but if not Bones is the only thing we watch on FOX.
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excluding House and bones that rest is a bunch of bull.
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really looking forward to terra nova and alcatraz!
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Just what we need, yet another reality competition sucking up the time slots. THANKS FOX!!!! **rolleyes**
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I heard Lisa Edelstein is leaving House. House won't be the same without Cuddy.
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One word for the beginning: FRINGE !!! for the new ones: "Alcatraz" and "Touch"
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I will be watching Terra Nova and why didnt they put Fringe on a different night?
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I may check out New Girl. Of course I'll be watching Bones. @lucianoabc Midseason The Finder will take over in Bones slot until Bones returns in the Spring. In other words, Bones will be on a hiatus for um, I am guessing a few months. So, from like January to like March probably will be The Finder. Oh oops! make that like 4 months that Bones will be on hiatus most likely. From the time that they go on break for the winter holidays to like April I think. Please, note that is really just a guess but this is what this scheduling suggests to me. So in month blocks this is what it will look like:
September to early December: Bones
January to March: The Finder
April-May: Bones

Yep, so that's what I think it'll look like. Hope that helped some. :)
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There are still so many duds on the tube! How do they stay alive?
The new comedies are so last decade, very few are ever fresh! And please, no laugh tracks, that turns me off so fast!
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Fox made some rookie mistakes...canceling The Chicago Code was ridiculous...it should have been given another season to let it get some legs...it was the best of the new series out. And cancel Lie To Me? That was a unique program that never got the right press. Fox seems really lost.
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the preview I saw for "New Girl" made it seem awesome. Yes, the idea's been done before, but Zooey Deschanel makes it worthwhile. I'll be watching that along with Raising Hope and Fringe on Fridays.
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Fringe & Bones are our favorites. Please keep Bones on.....
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Guess I won't be watching dum ass fox no more
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I dont understand. Will The Finder replace Bones in Midseason ?
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New programs should not be in upper case. They should be in proper case with [New] following the title. The reason for this is because it's possible for a show title to have all upper case, like "CSI".
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looking forward to Terra Nova and Alcatraz. And Fringe and Bones, of course. Mostly Fringe...
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I'll stick with Bones, Glee and Raising Hope. I don't need another reality or talent show. I'm not going to invest my time into another new show to have FOX turn around and cancel it again after I start to like it. As for their Sunday nights... I watch another channel. Can't stand the animated shows that are poorly written and just plain stupid!
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FRINGE!
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I must have missed something, I thought American Dad had been renewed and was looking forward to Family guy and American dad on sunday nights. Apart from that I'll be watching Raising Hope and will see about Bones, it's become rather silly lately
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I don't know about NCIS meshing with JAG all that much better then Bones and The Finder it's to early to say how the latter will play out. Whether it will be an NCIS, JAG situation where they have the one cross over ep and then never intersect again or be a NCIS and NCIS:LA situation where the stories and characters cross over more often. NCIS was at complete odds with JAG though polar opposites as far as characters and method.
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I guess this means that Breaking In is gone. Too bad because it was a good show. Proves that Fox has no idea what it is doing at any given moment. I don't need another reality competition show.
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I'll check out I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and New Girl based solely on the fact that it's Zooey Deschanel and probably Terra Nova and X Factor.. other than that just Fringe, Glee and Raising Hope for me. I'm too far behind on House to watch it on tv. Napoleon Dynamite? ugh. i didn't even like the movie
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For a minute I thought FOX canceled Bob's Burgers. Can't wait to see Terra Nova.
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The only show worth it is fringe...xx
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Nope, nothing i am looking forward to. Good shows were axed and spin off added. What is the point?
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Fair enough, hockey9927, and I did remember that but the two shows meshed better. Let's also not forget that NCIS was a spin-off of JAG but again the shows meshed better and the introduction was more solid. This connection between Bones - specifically Booth - and The Finder is... flimsy at best.
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A backdoor pilot is nothing new it lets them test the waters and make cast tweaks. NCIS started with an episode in JAG and NCIS:LA in episodes of NCIS a season before they started. And all had cast additions or subtractions before they aired. I guarantee that they have more then 3 cast members when it airs.
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I'll check out New Girl and I hate my Teenage Daughter. Other then that i 'll be watching Glee and Raising Hope. Fox has gone downhill for me. It used to be my favorite channel, now it has barely anything.
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I'm disappointed with The Finder. A spin-off created by one episode of Bones. The idea is hokey and at least one person has made some comparisons to Burn Notice with the team of 3 people. I really had hoped for something better with a Bones spin-off. I see it failing fairly quickly. On the other hand I am really looking forward to Terra Nova.
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