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

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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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