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FOX Announces 2011-12 Season Primetime Schedule

FOX 2011-12 season

FOUR NEW COMEDIES, THREE NEW DRAMAS AND ONE NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES JOIN SCHEDULE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED “THE X FACTOR” LAUNCHES THIS FALL

EPIC FAMILY ADVENTURE DRAMA “TERRA NOVA” TO MAKE FALL DEBUT

ENSEMBLE COMEDY “NEW GIRL” STARRING ZOOEY DESCHANEL, FAMILY COMEDY “I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER” AND ANIMATED COMEDY “ALLEN GREGORY” TO PREMIERE THIS FALL

J.J. ABRAMS’ CHILLING THRILLER “ALCATRAZ,”ANIMATED COMEDY “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” AND “BONES” SPIN-OFF “THE FINDER” TO DEBUT MIDSEASON

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Kicks Off Sunday, January 22 With Special Premiere Event Following NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

FOX 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL to Air Sunday, April 1
New York (Monday, May 16, 2011) – Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group; and Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, today unveiled the FOX primetime schedule for the 2011-2012 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at The New Beacon Theatre.

“Nothing impacts culture the way a television show does,” said Rice. “And here at FOX, we have the most talked about, most followed, most creative shows that build connections between viewers and brands.”

“Going into next year, we’ve rejuvenated AMERICAN IDOL, built a core strength across the week and developed a really fresh, creative new lineup for next season,” said Reilly. “From razor-sharp comedies to epic dramas to a massive talent competition series, I think we have the goods to continue to be pop culture’s most vibrant platform, as well as the top network.”

Launching this fall is the highly anticipated singing competition series THE X FACTOR, which marks the return of Simon Cowell to FOX. Cowell, along with Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul, will judge the U.S. version of the international television phenomenon that will award an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music to the next global superstar or breakout music group.

Epic family adventure series TERRA NOVA, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Jurassic Park”), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (“Castle,” “The 4400″) and Brannon Braga (“24″) and starring Jason O’Mara (“Life On Mars”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), premieres in the fall. The ambitious series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race.

Also debuting this fall are the half-hour comedies NEW GIRL (working title) and I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (working title). Created by Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL (wt) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy starring Zooey Deschanel (“(500) Days of Summer”) as Jess, an offbeat girl who – after a bad breakup – moves in with three single guys and essentially sets a bomb off in their lives. New multi-camera family comedy I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) stars Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”) and Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (“Wonderfalls”) as single moms, life-long friends – and former nerds – who fear their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out to be just like the girls who picked on them in high school.

ALLEN GREGORY is the new animated comedy joining the Sunday ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup this fall. Created by and featuring the voice of Jonah Hill (“Get Him to the Greek,” “Superbad”), ALLEN GREGORY is the story of an extremely pretentious 7-year-old about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age.

Television’s No. 1 hit series, AMERICAN IDOL, will kick off midseason with a special premiere event Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Entering its remarkable 11th season, the series will continue to empower contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL.

The two new dramas set to launch in midseason are ALCATRAZ and THE FINDER. From executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost”) and starring Sarah Jones (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), ALCATRAZ is the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals. Created by Hart Hanson, the executive producer and creator of BONES, THE FINDER is a new procedural drama starring Geoff Stults (“She’s Out of My League”) as an Iraq war vet with an extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable.

Based on the hit cult classic and featuring the voices of the film’s original cast, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is the new animated comedy premiering in midseason. The series follows the continuing adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, America’s most awesomely awkward teenager, and his quirky family and friends as they navigate life in rural Idaho.

In March, while GLEE takes a break before its spring semester return, FOX will continue the laughs on Tuesdays with a block of four half-hour comedies. The night will feature the critically acclaimed RAISING HOPE, new comedies I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) and NEW GIRL (wt), as well as one of the additional comedies in development, including FAMILY ALBUM (working title) and LITTLE IN COMMON (working title). Starring Mike O’Malley (GLEE) and Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”), FAMILY ALBUM (wt) is the single-camera comedy that takes a snapshot of the Bronsky clan as they reveal the hilarious stories behind the photo-worthy moments of life. The new family comedy LITTLE IN COMMON (wt), starring Rob Corddry (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) and Kevin Hart (“Death at a Funeral”), follows three diverse middle-class families who become intertwined when their children play on youth sports teams together.

In addition, Kiefer Sutherland, star of the landmark Emmy Award-winning series “24,” returns to FOX in TOUCH, scheduled to go into pilot production this June. Written and created by Tim Kring (“Heroes”), TOUCH centers on the relationship between a single father and his 11-year-old son with special needs. Their relationship and their lives take an extraordinary turn when the gifted son begins to make connections in his life and around the world.

This spring, FOX will celebrate its 25th birthday with a star-studded look back at the last quarter-century on the FOX 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (working title) airing Sunday, April 1. FOX’s biggest stars from both past and present will make appearances to honor the network that began 25 years ago.

Other FOX series returning in 2011-2012 include: AMERICAN DAD (Season 7), AMERICAN IDOL (Season 11), AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (quarterly specials), BOB’S BURGERS (Season 2), BONES (Season 7), THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Season 3), COPS (Season 24), FAMILY GUY (Season 9), FRINGE (Season 4), GLEE (Season 3), HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 9), HOUSE (Season 8), KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season 4), MASTERCHEF (Season 2), MOBBED (specials), RAISING HOPE (Season 2), THE SIMPSONS (Season 23) and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season 8). AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE and TEEN CHOICE 2011 will also return to the FOX schedule.

Keep up with all the new series on the FOX 2011-2012 Primetime Schedule at FOX.com or by becoming fans of the series on Facebook and following the series on Twitter at the following URLs:

THE X FACTOR
www.facebook.com/THEXFACTORUSA
www.twitter.com/THEXFACTORUSA

TERRA NOVA
www.facebook.com/TERRANOVAonFOX
www.twitter.com/TERRANOVAonFOX

NEW GIRL
www.facebook.com/NEWGIRLonFOX
www.twitter.com/NEWGIRLonFOX

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER
www.facebook.com/IHMTDFOX
www.twitter.com/IHMTDFOX

ALLEN GREGORY
www.facebook.com/ALLENGREGORYonFOX
www.twitter.com/ALLENGREGORYFOX

ALCATRAZ
www.facebook.com/ALCATRAZonFOX
www.twitter.com/ALCATRAZonFOX

THE FINDER
www.facebook.com/THEFINDERonFOX
www.twitter.com/THEFINDERonFOX

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
www.facebook.com/NAPOLEONDYNAMITE
www.twitter.com/NAPOLEONonFOX

TOUCH
www.facebook.com/TOUCHonFOX
www.twitter.com/TOUCHFOX

Following are the FOX 2011-2012 primetime schedule and synopses of the new series:

FOX FALL 2011 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM TERRA NOVA (new)
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (wt) (new)
9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:30 PM THE X FACTOR Performance Show (new)
9:30-10:00 PM I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) (new)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR Results Show (new)
9:00-10:00 PM BONES

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM ENCORES / AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (specials)

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM THE OT (NFL post-game)
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM ALLEN GREGORY (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD

FOX MIDSEASON 2012 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM ALCATRAZ (new)

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (wt) (new)
9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL Performance Show
9:30-10:00 PM I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) (new)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL Results Show
9:00-10:00 PM THE FINDER (new) / BONES (spring)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM ENCORES / AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (specials)

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS

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Christine May 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I am really upset about the cancellation of Chicago Code and Lie to Me. I think the networks cancel any shows that make you think. It seems people today have such a short attention span and prefer reality shows, which I hate! Good Guys was hilarious in a corny sort of way and who would know if Lone Star was any good since Fox didn’t even give it a chance? I’ll probably give Terra Nova, Alcatraz, and The Finder a shot in the fall though. One can always hope.

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Robert May 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

24 got me into TV again, I love House and Fringe is one of my favorites. I was very disappointed that Chicago Code isn’t coming back. I’m a little surprised that Lie to Me was canceled in the sense of the schedule they had from S1 to S2 & S3, I assumed it was doing well. I enjoyed that show and I enjoyed Human target, but I always felt something was missing from both shows. I’m not heart broken by there losses though, I am bummed that Chicago Code is gone.

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Kat May 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

There’s a lot of heartache and mixed feelings here… while I’m happy regarding Fringe and Terra Nova, and sad Human Target and Breaking In won’t be around, what I’m really, really missing is “Locke & Key” a pilot FOX gave a series commitment to but then decided to pass on, choosing not to give it a series order, apparently because their schedule was already packed. Creepy, mysterious, and supernatural, Locke & Key would’ve been the perfect companion piece to Fringe. Instead, we get more Kitchen Nightmares. Ugh. Can’t they stick reality TV on Saturday or somethin’? Looks like Exit Strategy might’ve ultimately bit the dust, too. Might’ve been FOX’s new “24″… Oh well. Maybe Alcatraz will meet that challenge, as well as being FOX’s own Lost. And then there’s Bones and The Finder, both of which I’ll watch, but not ultimately care as much about.

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Sarah May 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I watch Fox mostly for Animation Domination on Sundays.
I also love “So You Think You Can Dance” but that is pretty much it.

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Anonymous May 22, 2011 at 3:47 am

Missing lie to me and human target…would love to see another season!

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Why May 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The only good show left is Fringe, it’s not cookie cutter. Will give Terra Nova a try, but if it’s good Fox will probably cancel it. Remember FireFly and all those other non-standard good shows they’ve killed?

House should be gone, it’s long past redemption. I gave up on it years back, tune in occasionally and feel insulted.

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Johne May 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

What i liked about raising hope last season was that it fell in line with past typical crude and raunchy fox comedies like married with children, that 70′s show, arrested development, and malcom in the middle. I hate my teenage daughter would have been the perfect complimentary show for one reason and one reason only; Jaime Pressly. Zooey Deschanel is a very bland actress hell her sister could do better in a comedic role, why they would cast her in a comedy let alone a fox comedy is just absurd. Not that I’m saying she’s a bad actress it’s just that she’s better in movies than in TV, and she should just stick to what she does best.

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Jim C May 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Pick up Detroit 1-8-7 could you that
Show was great might get me to watch
Something on your network or it’s HBO
and Showtime calling

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Cher Hanks May 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

And where may I ask is Human Target? Now, there was a show. Of course, Fox, you axed that one. But you kept House, during a time when it wasn’t even good anymore. This season has been better, like the old House, but when it stunk, it stayed on the air. Maybe Human Target will find another network.

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Jeremy Rynek May 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

Good luck trying to get to watch anything new. F**K YOU FOX!!!

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RecceR May 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

I really wish FOX would put Fringe back on Thursdays. It did alright on Fridays this winter/spring, but ratings dropped towards the end of the season. I just don’t want to see this show get the axe early; it’s supposed to end with season 6. I guess the broadcast networks have no faith in genre shows at all anymore, along with FOX, NBC and CW have genre shows in the 9pm time slot on Friday.

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Stephen May 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

Where do you see that Terra Nova is a Joss Whedon show? I thought it was Spielberg.

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Herb May 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

What foolish crap> They cancelled the best and expect viewers to watch more crap and sy they are building a core culture of Pop culture viewers sorry not happening and this viewer will not be giving new shows a look as am tired of giving them a chance and having Fox cancel them.

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raevelirwin May 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

I can see several opportunities where Breaking In can fit into the line-up….there is simply no excuse

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Adam Decker May 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

I wish Terra Nova could have come out this season, but as long as it airs, it should do fine. I just hope it doesn’t suffer the fate as most Joss Whedon shows do.

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