Fox unveils 2011-12 lineup

Fox released its 2011-12 schedule this morning in advance of its upfront presentation, which took place in New York this afternoon. Usually, Fox has two sets of schedules: one of fall, the other in midseason to accommodate the return of American Idol. And here is their lineup (new series are in CAPS; all times Central)

Fall 2011 lineup:


Monday
7:00 p.m. TERRA NOVA
8:00 p.m. House (new time)

Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Glee
8:00 p.m. NEW GIRL
8:30 p.m. Raising Hope (new time)

Wednesday
7:00 p.m. THE X FACTOR 

8:30 p.m. I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER

Thursday
7:00 p.m. THE X FACTOR RESULTS SHOW
8:00 p.m. Bones

Friday
7:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares
8:00 p.m. Fringe

Saturday
7:00 p.m. Cops
7:30 p.m. Cops (R)
8:00 p.m. Encore programming (reruns)

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

Midseason 2012 (with new shows in CAPS; all times Central).

Monday
7:00 p.m. House
8:00 p.m. ALCATRAZ

Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Glee
8:00 p.m. New Girl
8:30 p.m. Raising Hope

Wednesday
7:00 p.m. American Idol Performance Show
8:30 p.m. I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Thursday
7:00 p.m. American Idol Results Show
8:00 p.m. THE FINDER / Bones (spring)

Friday
7:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares
8:00 p.m. Fringe

Saturday
7:00 p.m. Cops
7:30 p.m. Cops (R)
8:00 p.m. Encore programming (reruns)
Sunday
6:00 p.m. Animated repeats
6:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show
7:00 p.m. The Simpsons
7:30 p.m. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
8:00 p.m. Family Guy
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers 



The lowdown:

The biggest draw for Fox this fall is highly anticipated talent/competition series The X Factor from Simon Cowell, who confirmed the four judges: himself, British pop star Cheryl Cole, record producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, and former Idol collegue Paula Abdul. Factor (like Idol) airs two nights a week – the performance show (Wednesdays) and the results show (Thursdays) – similar to Idol’s format.

Mondays starts of with big-budget time-travel series Terra Nova from Steven Speilberg, followed by the final season of House. The veteran drama then slides into Terra Nova’s slot in midseason to make room for Alcatraz, the new J.J. Abrams drama. Tuesdays has new sitcom New Girl sandwiched between Glee and Raising Hope (Fox said it would try an all live-action sitcom block when Glee is on hiatus during midseason.) Wednesdays has new sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter after X Factor/Idol.

Thursday nights start with X Factor/Idol results show, followed by veteran Bones. But in midseason, Fox is trying out Bones spin-off Finder in the timeslot during midseason (Bones returns in spring 2012.) Fridays has Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe, with Cops continuing its run on Saturdays.

Sunday animation line-up sees some significant changes. Depending on whether or not there’s a football season, The OT is being halved to a half-hour (if there’s no football, animation encores will likely air in the time slot.) Cleveland Show shifts to 6:30 p.m. (CT), and the new Allen Gregory Show lands in the plum slot between Simpsons and Family Guy. Finally, American Dad (fall) and Bob’s Burgers (midseason) will share the post-Family Guy time slot.

Click here to read about Fox’s canceled shows. Joining the list is America’s Most Wanted, which is ending its weekly run after 23 seasons, but returns as quarterly, two-hour specials for 2011-12. Reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil, stagnant ratings, and escalating production costs apparently did in John Walsh and company. Replacing Wanted in its longtime Saturday night time slot is what else? Reruns.

For detailed program descriptions of the new Fox shows, click here.

Thoughts:

X Factor seems to be the real deal – its getting a lot of buzz – could be the hottest new show of the season. If it hits, it’s another notch on the adults 18-49 belt for Fox. But if it bombs – boy, oh, boy… As for Terra Nova – wasn’t this done in 1974 on Saturday morning for 3/4 the cost as Land of the Lost? With this mega-expensive show on only half a season, it better hit quick…. Not impressed with Fox’s new two live-action comedies – someone remind Fox this isn’t 1999… Fringe should not be back at all – a 1.3 season demo average this season? Come on man. The real reason Fringe was renewed because Fox didn’t want to put up with the annoying fan base sending them peanuts and hot sauce in protest.

Sundays… where to begin? Don’t worry about Simpsons or Family Guy – they can take care of themselves, despite erosion. The Cleveland Show now gets the Silver Spoons/Punky Brewster/King of the Hill/Malcolm in the Middle treatment – pre-empted a lot by football overruns. Allen Gregory has an groundbreaking premise – a seven year-old being raised by his father – and his life partner. If this is edgy enough, it could work. It’s midseason replacement (Napoleon Dynamite) I’m less upbeat on – if you’re not a fan of the movie, you’re not likely to be a fan of the show. Fail. Meanwhile, American Dad and Bob’s Burgers battle to see who can stay on the air for fall 2012.

But despite all of these problems – Fox is the one to beat among adults 18-49, Why? Because of these three: X Factor, American Idol, and Family Guy.

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