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Fox's 2012-2013 Schedule: Glee Moves to Thursdays, Touch to Fridays

Fox will follow up its strong 2011-2012 season with a 2012-2013 schedule aimed at getting even stronger. The network is particularly skilled at diversifying, and with a new comedy block planned for Tuesdays, it's serving up weekly helpings of all five television food groups: animation, drama, comedy, reality, and sci-fi.


Psst! There's an easier-to-read schedule at the bottom of the page.


MONDAY

With good old Dr. House retiring to play golf for the rest of his life, fan favorite Bones gets to anchor Mondays as the veteran series. As we suspected, it will help usher in a pair of new series on Monday nights in The Mob Doctor, set to launch in the fall, and The Following, which will take over in the midseason. The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as a surgeon who works both a legit scalpel job at a hospital and a shady slice-and-dice operation for the mafia. The Following will run for 15 episodes straight and stars Kevin Bacon as a fed hunting down a serial killer who's amassed a cult of copycats. (Fox has high hopes for that second one.) Both new series sound a lot heavier in tone than Bones, but that shouldn't be a problem, as Bones fans will follow that show anywhere.


TUESDAY

Hey everybody, Fox now has a bona fide live-action comedy block! Welcome to the party, Fox! Again, this wasn't difficult to predict. Glee gets the boot from Tuesdays, opening up the 8pm hour for two half-hour shows. Raising Hope starts things off in the less desirable 8pm slot, which leads the way for new sitcom Ben & Kate, about an irresponsible slacker-type who moves in with his sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter. The 8pm hour is all about people who shouldn't be raising kids, apparently. New Girl stays put at 9pm, leading in to Mindy Kaling's new show. Last week it was called It's Messy, but now it's titled The Mindy Project, which we've all decided isn't a very good name for a show. Kaling stars as a flighty OB/GYN trying to make her dating life as successful as her professional life. The 9pm hour is all about weird ladies, apparently.


WEDNESDAY

Singing! Judging! Product placing! The X Factor returns in the fall, and American Idol takes over in the midseason. Fox has not officially named the new judges of The X Factor, but Britney Spears has reportedly signed a deal to join Simon Cowell at the table. The big question here will be whether The X Factor can bounce back in its second season after a disappointing debut. American Idol will also be slightly tweaked after a decline in ratings.


THURSDAY

You watched people scream songs at you on Wednesday, you might as well find out which one screamed the best in the hour-long results show on Thursday. Fox also made the "makes total sense" move of shipping Glee to the 9pm hour on Thursday. Touch only got the Thursday slot this season to help build an audience. Typical Fox work there; build a show behind Idol, then move it somewhere else in its second season. That'll change this year, however, with Glee being a natural fit in the slot. Fox also announced that Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will play recurring roles on the musical-comedy-drama.


FRIDAY

Touch gets bounced from Thursdays to Fridays in an attempt to form a sci-fi block with the 13-episode final season of Fringe. Gotta be honest here, I'm not feeling Touch's chances, especially now that it's on Fridays. There won't be the clamor to keep Touch going like there was for Fringe. Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares or Gordon Ramsay Screams at a Plate of Beef Stroganoff will take over the 9pm slot come midseason.


SUNDAY

No changes here. Fox sticks with its typical animation block, opting not to add any new series like it tried last year. There was no mention of Napoleon Dynamite during today's scheduling announcement, so I think we can assume it's a goner. Stalwart The Simpsons kicks things off at 8pm, followed by Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad.



What are your thoughts on Fox's 2012-2013 schedule? Do you see any holes? Is there anything you would have done differently?



Fox's fall 2012-2013 schedule

(New programs in ALL CAPS)


MONDAY

 8pm - 9pm — Bones
9pm - 10pm — THE MOB DOCTOR (fall) / THE FOLLOWING (midseason)


TUESDAY

8pm - 8:30pm — Raising Hope
8:30pm - 9pm — BEN & KATE
9pm - 9:30pm — New Girl
9:30pm - 10pm — THE MINDY PROJECT
THE GOODWIN GAMES will air on Tuesdays as a midseason entry.


WEDNESDAY

8pm -10pm — The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)


THURSDAY

8pm - 9pm — The X Factor results show (fall) / American Idol results show (midseason)
9pm - 10pm — Glee


FRIDAY

 8pm - 9pm — Touch
9pm - 10pm — Fringe / Hell's Kitchen (midseason)


SATURDAY
7pm - 10:30pm — Fox Sports Saturday
Cops returns in the midseason
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF will air late nights starting in 2013


SUNDAY
7pm - 7:30pm — NFL / Animation Domination repeats (midseason)
7:30pm - 8pm — Post-Game show / The Cleveland Show (midseason)
8pm - 8:30pm — The Simpsons
8:30pm - 9pm — Bob's Burgers
9pm - 9:30pm — Family Guy
9:30pm - 10pm — American Dad

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Please cancel COPS, it was wrongly made and it became boring along the way!
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With Missing and Terra Nova canceled and Fringe only getting 13 Episodes IMOHO Fox has screwed the pooch.

Only Bones and Touch are worth my time. I'll retreat to my DVD collection.

Terra Nova and Missing should both have been renewed and Fringe should get a full season What Fox should have done is put Missing, Fringe and Terra Nova on Friday night.



Tue, Wed, Thur, Sat and Especially Sunday there is nothing worth watching.

WAKE UP FOX NETWORK, GIVE THE FANS MORE FRINGE, IT COULD EASILY RUN THREE MORE SEASONS. KILL THE ANIMATION CRAP BEFORE IT KILLS FOX.
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I'll probably sound like a broken record, but I'll say it anyway. I wish FOX had renewed Breaking In BUT changed it back to its first season goodness. I know, I know. No chance of it happening.
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So, nothing good Monday and Wednesday or 7pm Thursdays. My dvr will love Glee, POI, Grey's that night. No NBC since awake got yanked. Thanks for making it easier Fox. I love Netflix when Monday Syfy is off season and TLC Cake Boss should thrive now.
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I never understood why Friday is such a bad day for shows... seems like it would be better than a weekday
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totally agree, Friday to me is the best day of the week, the day you can relax without having to work the next day. I look forward to Fringe every week. 13 more episodes is not enough. Give the loyal fans a full season at least.
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except for supernatural and Grimm, Shark Tank, Ramsay. lol Fringe was great but should have been at 7 or on Mondays [safe night]. Bones should stay on Thursdays so Idol can bump it instead of Glee! LOL
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It is too bad that FOX is ending FRINGE after it's 13 episode run. They don't seem to realize that they have a true sci-fi gem that fans would stick with for a lot longer run. Hopefully, someone with some clout wakes up and gives this show a longer life.
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Totally agree, Fringe could go many more seasons without breaking a sweat. Terra Nova should have lead into Fringe and be followed by Missing.
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Good grief, moving Touch to Fridays? Lol. There's the death knell right there. Speaking of Fridays though, I am completely thrilled Fringe will be on our screens next year... even if just for 13 episodes. :D
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this fall skipping the new shows not a click. watching Bones,Raising Hope, new girl, fringe, and sunday nights.



the new shows are not good and they all flat boring
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Glad to see Bob's Burger on the list. Did anyone see last night's episode? The erotic friend fiction was hilarious.
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glee is going to have a very hard time competing on thursdays considering grey's anatomy has been one of the leading contenders during that time slot and between those two i would watch greys. i feel like the only reason people watch glee anymore if to get a kick at how horrible ryan murphy's creativity has gotten.....
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Idol will bump Glee and screw up my dvr schedule like in their first season same reason Fringe moved too. FOX is insane.
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Not just Grey's but POI and possibly TVD if they bump it back...
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I know Greys and POI is going to bury Glee for good.
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Phew, I'm just relieved to see Bob's Burgers in Fox's lineup again. I'll probably give Mindy Kaling's show a chance (even though I was never an Office fan).
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The reason the results shows need a full hour is because people watch them. A LOT of people.
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Great FOX just move Touch to Fridays so you can cancel it you jerks. Didn't expect FOX to move Glee to Thursdays, I don't watch it anyway so I don't care. Looking forward to Tuesday night comedies.
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Hope they renew Bob's Burgers for a third production season, as they'll only have thirteen episodes to air for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
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Touch is doomed, didn't like that show anyway. So it's good they're trying to get rid of it.

Tuesday makes perfect sense and Glee moving up to Thursday is also understandable, but I don't watch it so don't really care.

Not sure about Mondays, probably skip it in the fall. Mob Doctor doesn't sound interesting. But will check out The Following, however it might not survive.

The rest doesn't really matter, every year the same.
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Why in the world would they move Touch!?
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especially Fridays, safer on Monday if seven and /or Thursday Before Idol which Glee should be in 7 spot not 8. Idol/XF can gth.
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Aaand its official. Britney and Demi are on the XFactor :D

https://twitter.com/#!/britneyspears/status/202135708905906177/photo/1
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Just when you thought it was safe to start trusting Fox they go and move Touch to Fridays.



Fox - where good ideas come to die
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yep, ABC/NBC, SYFY do same . Just SYFY/NBC give it one more week first. lol
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Fringe is returning for some much deserved closure for all its Fans and Glee is slowly making its way towards Friday. Life is good
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Touch is done. Oh well, didn't like it much anyway. Kiefer is still awesome, though.
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I don't see why Glee had to move, and American Idol and The X Factor DO NOT NEED RESULTS SHOWS. Here's an idea, since they moved Glee to Thursdays, just show the results during a commercial in the middle of Glee. there's absolutely no reason to have results which take 2 minutes getting a whole hour timeslot. Touch at Fridays at 8/7c is weird to me, and with Community being at the same time I don't know which I'll watch live on TV.



I'll continue watching Bones, Raising Hope, New Girl, The X Factor (performance show only!), Glee, Touch, and Fringe.. and I'll watch Mindy Kaling's show and probably check out The Goodwin Games and Ben & Kate to see if I want to watch it
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The only shows they have on worth watching are Bones and Fringe. Moving Bones to the prime spot on Mondays, although Bones is already airing on Mondays at 8pm, likely assures that it should stick around a few years. Although aside from Bones and Glee, FOX doesn't really have much in the way of established dramas with decent ratings. I'm just hoping that the four from this season we didn't get doesn't mean that next season's order will be shortened by four as they use the four from this season up next year.



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wish they had Glee/Fringe combo instead and move Touch to Monday[any hour]. Bones is established and already renewed-why move from Thursdays against Grey's etc. I'd rather see Idol/Bones combo on nights ABC , SYFY and USA are all new[Wednesday/Thurs]. lol
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Sorry to hear that Cleveland will be back for more, um, laughs. No, that's surely not the right word. I hope Fox kills that turkey the moment it feels it's recouped its money. And I fully expect that to be the case.



But every cloud has a silver lining. In this case, it's a third season of Bob's Burgers. It's great to see Jon Benjamin getting some deserved love from both Fox and FX.

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the only show i;d watch outta here is glee, and since they;ll be out of high school and very few of the original cast will still be in the show, even thats debatable
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Friday nights are a death trap...so Touch probably won't stand a chance there and it's already been circling the drain.



And Glee on Thursdays? Are they trying to screw me over w/o buying me dinner first?! Thursday is arguably the best night of tv..so you put a former hit show that's been struggling since the conclusion of it's first season on the best night of tv up against new hits and old. That's a wee bit disconcerting news for Gleeks. That could go either way...it really could.
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right on blue, agree! I watch Grey's and POI plus Burn Notice on USA.
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What do you think Glee has a better chance against--NCIS or Person of Interest and Grey's Anatomy, especially when it's getting a boost from American Idol? It might cut into POI's ratings, so as Tim said, the move makes perfect sense.
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Only sometimes getting a boost from AI. That's not all year long. Add on to it the fact that Glee has already been struggling with it's storylines, it's lack of character development, and it's possibly losing half of it's cast because the kids are graduating this year and it won't have the same feel next year with them at different colleges. That...going up against a vet show with solid ratings like Grey's and a new hit like POI. POI has years to keep building an audience. NCIS is a hit too...that I personally adore watching but the ratings are solid...they average the same amount of viewers with little fluctuation. It's comfortable. POI has only been gaining more viewership...no telling what type of numbers they'll have next season. I think it's risky going up against two hit shows with great numbers...rather than just one.
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Plus it is better to go up against 1 established show than 2. Tuesdays were safer except against ABC comedies. plus SYFY but those are not until until 8pm anyway.
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Monday looks like it'll struggle.



Tuesday seems like an interesting try, but that is a very chick-com oriented block and Fox is notoriously awful at courting female viewers. There isn't a single thing mentioned that has any appeal to me, but I think the only hindrance to that block will be Fox's inability to stick with their freshman shows.



Wednesday is now just Idol and its clone all year then? Bad call.



Thursday seems like it'll be slaughtering Glee, has Fox had a working Thursday in this millennium?



Friday doesn't look challening, but doesn't look strong either.



Saturday animation reruns sounds pretty smart actually.



Sunday unchanged, I predict they will try to shoehorn in a 5th show midseason, or rather a 6th since they already paid for Cleveland Show through next season.



All in all, Fox is missing a superstar hook of a show which doesn't involve singing, so their schedule looks like a safe attempt at making a Fox schedule.
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Hooray, more Bob's Burgers!
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Agreed, I was anxiously awaiting the word on its renewal. w00t, as they say.

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I think they're aiming too high by putting Glee on Thursdays... That'll coincide with Grey's Anatomy AND The Vampire Diaries, both shows with a very large fan base.
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No, it won't, why don't people actually look at times at which things air? Vampire Diaries airs first on Thursdays, which would not, in fact, conflict with Glee. The CW could change that, but it is unlikely.
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move VD to Monday or Tuesdays I guess but keep at 7? Might work. the wrong night and/or time slot can kill any show-harder on newer ones.
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I think there's a rumor going around that The Vampire Diaries might be pushed back to 9PM on Thursdays. Which, in my opinion, is what the CW should do.
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The following sounds interesting. If both CSI and Grey's is still on Thursday at 9 you mine as well kiss Glee goodbye.
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Not sure if you've noticed, but CSI is on on Wednesdays now after Criminal Minds. Person of Interest is in that slot for CBS, and the crossover audience with Glee is likely pretty minimal.
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true, different audience but POI has Lost fans tuned in[younger crowd than ncis original and csi .
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Duh forgot.
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Goodbye touch, it was nice watching you.
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I would have cancelled Touch rather than send it to the Friday purgatory where it will die a quick death...
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yep, though I can't get into Community humor at all, ratings police will say i like it anyway. Just as it thinks all cbs shows beat glee on Tuesdays etc. lol Though new dog show looks funny on CBS[Dog guy and NBC. [Justin Kirk from Weeds as a Vet].
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Aw so I guess you were working on this, I hope the next thing you're working on is the GoT review, it was quite an epic episode :)



Sunday night isn't complete without reading your review + all the comments that follow :D
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I feel like we should put up an announcement or something... this was the first week since the start of Season 2 that we weren't able to screen the episode early and have the review ready to go for Sunday night. Tim's working on it, promise! It'll be up later today.
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What about Person of Interest? Are we never going to see that one?
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It's on CBS
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I think GCCHB meant how about the review of POI which I am also impatiently waiting for....
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