Fox released their midseason plans Friday afternoon, setting the premieres of reality juggernaut “American Idol” and cult drama, “The Following.” Also coming on Fox’s docket this midseason, new comedies “Enlisted,” “Surviving Jack,” and already cancelled “Us And Them,” as well as drama “Rake.” As per Fox’s usual scheduling, “Glee” will take it’s midseason hiatus and not return until Spring 2014.
Featuring new judging panel Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, “Idol” returns with it’s two-night, four-hour premiere Jan 15 & 16 at 8/7c. Randy Jackson will be returning as “in-house mentor,” per Fox press release. Of note, “Idol” will go back to 30-minute results shows this spring. “Surviving Jack” will air after “Idol” at 8:30/7:30c (premiere date TBD) “The Following” will premiere it’s highly anticipated second season following the season finale of freshman hit, “Sleepy Hollow” on January 20. “The Following” will air 15 straight, uninterrupted episodes for it’s second season.
“Rake,” Fox’s latest new drama, will bow following the NFC Championship game on January 19 and make it’s time period premiere Thursday January 23 at 9/8c. Per Fox’s release, making his broadcast television series debut, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”) plays a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one.
“Animation High Def” will feature new blood premiering Jan 11, following a special preview November 23. All told, check out the listings below.
FOX SEASON AND SERIES PREMIERE DATES
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)
Friday, Jan. 10:
9:30-10:00 PM ENLISTED (Series Premiere)
Saturday, Jan. 11:
11:00 PM-Midnight ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, featuring LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE
Wednesday, Jan. 15:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Jan. 16:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Sunday, Jan. 19:
6:00-10:00 PM ET NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)
10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT RAKE (Series Premiere, Night One)
Monday, Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Finale; Special Time)
9:00-10:00 PM THE FOLLOWING (Season Premiere)
Thursday, Jan. 23:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM RAKE (Series Premiere, Night Two / Time Period Premiere)