Network Upfronts: FOX Announces Their 2012 Fall Schedule

FOX revealed its schedule for the upcoming fall television season.  In contrast to NBC yesterday network chief Kevin Reilly introduced only minor changes to the FOX lineup this fall hoping to capitalize on the strength of the number one network in the key 18-49 Adult demographic.  Key questions remain going into the fall though: can The X Factor show any signs of growth after its lackluster first season and will any dramas catch fire?

On Monday FOX drama stalwart Bones keeps its Monday slot to kick off the evening while leading into new drama The Mob Doctor.  From creator Josh Berman The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon caught in a complex web between her promising medical career and her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob. Will either drama be able to effectively replace the departing House?

Long time Tuesday occupant Glee moves to make room for a two hour block of live action comedies anchored around last season hit New Girl.  Raising Hope starts the night with its third season followed by new comedy Ben and Kate (aka Ned Fox is my Manny).  New Girl keeps its current time slot while being followed by the Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project.  The night represents FOX’s first two hour live action comedy block since the 2004-05 television season.

On Wednesday The X Factor returns with new hosts, new judges, and a new…well pretty much everything.  Every year FOX seemingly promises that at some point The X Factor and/or American Idol will be trimmed down to 90 minutes to debut some new comedy right after it.  Reliably this either never happens or the experiment ends after a couple of weeks so its mildly refreshing to not see them try it again.  One downside of not programming a three hour nightly schedule, FOX is unable to use The X Factor and American Idol to effective launch new shows.

There is nothing new to see in the first hour of Thursday as the results show for The X Factor settles in nicely.  Moving over from Tuesday is Glee at 9 PM ET to take advantage of the strength of The X Factor as the show begins a transition year with some of the cast moving on from high school and into the…well we are not quite sure yet.  Will Glee see a bump in the ratings from this move or is the Ryan Murphy penned dramedy headed towards the finish line?

The ratings disappointment Touch opens Friday night and is followed by the final season of Fringe in the fall.  Look for more Gordon Ramsey here in the spring.

On Sunday the Animation Domination lineup remains intact but without either 2011-12 season newcomer Allen Gregory or Napoleon Dynamite.  With NFL overruns and The OT claiming the first hour of the night in the fall, The Cleveland Show holds until midseason. Otherwise you will see The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad.

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