Fox is moving “Glee” to Thursday from its original perch on Tuesday, airing after “The X Factor” results show.
“Glee” saw its buzz and ratings slide season three. Several of its characters have left high school as well so it will be interesting to see how the show will adjust. Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will do extended story arcs next season.
Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox entertainment, during a press conference today, felt “Glee” was compatible with “American Idol” in the spring, thus the move.
Its freshman show “Touch” has also been moved, from Thursday to Friday at 8 p.m., before “Fringe,” turning that evening into a sci-fi-ish evening. “Touch,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, has not been a major hit but did just well enough to garner a second season. “Fringe” has a final 13-episode run so mid-season, it will be replaced by “Hell’s Kitchen.”
Two new comedies will anchor Tuesday night, opening with “Raising Hope,” followed by a family comedy called “Ben and Kate.” Its freshman hit “New Girl” will anchor 9 p.m., followed by “The Mindy Project,” starring Mindy Kaling, who has left “The Office.”
Fox for years struggled to find a 30-minute comedy hit. “New Girl” is arguably its first since “Malcolm in the Middle” a decade ago.
” ‘Hope’ has a very loyal audience,” said Reilly. “It’s ready to grow. ‘New Girl’ is the highest rated comedy we’ve had in ten years… the night feels like a smart, upscale night of comedy.”
With “House” retired, Fox is placing “The Mob Doctor” starring Jordana Spiro (”My Boys”) on Mondays after “Bones.” Mid-season, Kevin Williamson’s “The Following” with Kevin Bacon, whose pilot was shot in Atlanta, will pop up in that 9 p.m. time slot. Reilly said this could be Fox’s next “24.”
Wednesday in the fall will be filled by “The X Factor,” then “American Idol” in January. (Management declined to comment about rumors that Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will join “The X Factor” as judges. Presumably, that will be announced later today.)
Saturday night in the fall will feature various sports programming, the first major makeover in 25 years, pushing “Cops” into midseason.
Sunday night’s lineup remains the same.
During a press conference this morning, Fox noted that it’s been number one among 18 to 49 year olds for eight consecutive years.
8-9 PM BONES
9-10 PM THE MOB DOCTOR (new)
THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.
8-8:30 PM RAISING HOPE
8:30-9 PM BEN AND KATE (new)
9-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (new)
THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason.
8-10 PM THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)
8-9 PM THE X FACTOR Results (fall)/AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
9-10 PM GLEE
8-9 PM TOUCH
9-10 PM FRINGE (fall)
HELL’S KITCHEN returns in midseason.
7-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY (fall)
COPS returns in midseason.
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (new) will join late-prime in 2013.
7-7:30 PM NFL Game (fall) / ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)
7:30-8 PM THE OT (fall) / THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 PM AMERICAN DAD
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk