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Fox Unwraps Eight New Series Five for fall, three more at midseason

Fox will introduce five new series this fall, one drama, three sitcoms, and highly publicized singing competition The X Factor, with changes on five nights of the week.

Friday and Saturday will remain intact.  The comedies are New Girl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and animated Allen Gregory, while long-awaited drama Terra Nova from Steven Spielberg will anchor Mondays at 8 p.m., leading into relocated HouseNew Girl inherits the Glee lead-out spot at 9 p.m. Tuesday, into relocated returnee Raising HopeI Hate My Teenage Daughter is positioned out of the 90-minute X Factor performance show on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (with The X Factor results show airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. into Bones).  And animated Allen Gregory is scheduled out of The Simpsons and into Family Guy on Sunday.

Fox, which also announced its midseason lineup, will add returning American Idol (in place of The X Factor) plus three additional new series: dramas Alcatraz and Bones spinoff The Finder, and animated sitcom Napoleon Dynamite.  Based on the theatrical of the same name, Napoleon Dynamite will step in for Allen Gregory on Sunday.  Alcatraz will air Mondays at 9 p.m. out of House, which moves back to 8 p.m., while The Finder is scheduled Thursday at 9 p.m. in place of Bones, which is due back in the spring.  There is another new midseason drama in development, Touch with Kiefer Sutherland, but no official time period has been announced.

Since Fox in midseason is subject to how the fall occupants perform, keep in mind that nothing is etched in stone.  As it stands, however, the network is poised for its highest-rated fourth quarter historically thanks to the arrivals of Terra Nova and The X Factor (which will, no doubt, benefit by the reteaming of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul).

Not returning on Fox next season will be sitcoms Breaking Out and Running Wilde, and dramas The Chicago Code and Lie to Me.


Here is Fox’s fall 2011 lineup (with new shows bolded in caps).

Monday
8:00 p.m. TERRA NOVA
9:00 p.m. House (new time)

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. Glee
9:00 p.m. NEW GIRL
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (new time)

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. THE X FACTOR (Performance Show)
9:30 p.m. I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER

Thursday
8:00 p.m. THE X FACTOR (Results Show)
9:00 p.m. Bones

Friday
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 p.m. Fringe

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday
7:00 p.m. The OT
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (new time)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. ALLEN GREGORY
9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. American Dad

Here is Fox’s midseason line-up (with new shows in caps).

Monday
8:00 p.m. House
9:00 p.m. ALCATRAZ

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. Glee
9:00 p.m. New Girl
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. American Idol Performance Show (Return)
9:30 p.m. I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Thursday
8:00 p.m. American Idol Results Show (Return)
9:00 p.m. THE FINDER / Bones (spring)

Friday
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 p.m. Fringe

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday
7:00 p.m. Animated repeats
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (return)

New Program Descriptions

COMEDY

Allen Gregory (Animated)
A 7-year-old celebrity boy embarks on the greatest challenge of his life by attending elementary school with regular kids.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Two women realize their children have turned out to be the same type of unlikable wretches that made high school insufferable.

Napoleon Dynamite (animated)
Based on the theatrical of the same name and voiced by the film’s original actors, the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho is the focus.

The New Girl
After splitting with her boyfriend, a quirky elementary school teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three unruly guys (Jake M. Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans Jr.).


DRAMA

Alcatraz
From Lost creator J.J. Abrams, guards from famous prison Alcatraz mysteriously reappear in present day to help a team of FBI agents track down the disappearance of a group of prisoners 30 years earlier.  Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia star.

The Finder
Based on The Locator book series and spun-off from Bones, an outspoken former military man (Geoff Stults) who can find anyone is the focus.

Terra Nova
From executive producer Steven Spielberg, the focus is on an ordinary family on an incredible journey back to prehistoric earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race.  Jason O’Mara and Shelley Conn star.

Touch (Midseason)
From Heroes creator Tim Kring, the father of an autistic boy (Kiefer Sutherland) discovers his son can predict future events.


NONSCRIPTED

The X Factor
Based on the hit U.K. singing competition, contestants audition for the judges in front of a packed audience, with the finalists mentored by a judge, who aids the contestant with the song selection and style.  Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid are the judges; Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones host.
 

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