Fox Shuffles Schedule; Adds Two Shows

Fox, the last network to unveil its 2008-09 schedule plans, has announced two new series this fall (sitcom Do Not Disturb and drama Fringe), with changes impacting five nights of the week. Returning Monday dramas Prison Break and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will flip time periods, with Sarah Connor airing at 8 p.m., followed by Prison Break at 9 p.m.

House will relocate into the Tuesday 8 p.m. anchor slot, leading into new J.J. Abrams drama Fringe. Wednesday will feature relocated Bones at 8 p.m., followed by sitcoms ‘Til Death and the debuting Do Not Disturb, which is set in a trendy New York City Hotel. And former Thursday occupants Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and Don’t Forget the Lyrics shift to Friday, while returning non-scripted duo The Moment of Truth and Kitchen Nightmares occupy the Thursday 8-10 p.m. block. Only Saturday and Sunday will remain unchanged.

Midseason on Fox will, of course, include American Idol and 24, which will remain in their traditional time periods. The network, in addition, will add three comedies (Sit Down and Shut Up, Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show and a to-be-determined half-hour on Wednesday out of American Idol), Joss Whedon drama Dollhouse, and a non-scripted hour called Secret Millionaire. Dollhouse will replace Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in the Monday 8 p.m. hour. Secret Millionaire will air Thursday at 9 p.m. out of the returning Hell’s Kitchen. And animated sitcoms Sit Down and Shut Up and The Cleveland Show will occupy the Sunday 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. half-hours in the spring. Making room for American Idol, House will shift to Wednesday at 8 p.m. in January in place of Bones, which moves to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Leading out of Bones will be ‘Til Death and Do Not Disturb (if a large enough fall audience warrants a full season renewal, that is).

Not returning on Fox in 2008-09 are sitcoms Back To You, The Return of Jezebel James and Unhitched; dramas Canterbury’s Law, K-Ville and New Amsterdam; and the non-scripted Next Greatest American Band.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the network only added two new shows for next fall because “we didn