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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
8pm - 9pm — Bones
9pm - 10pm — THE MOB DOCTOR (fall) / THE FOLLOWING (midseason)
7pm - 10:30pm — Fox Sports Saturday
Cops returns in the midseason
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF will air late nights starting in 2013
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