Fox To Launch Fall Lineup Late Summer, Looking To Score Hits Before Playoffs

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Fox will once again launch the bulk of its fall lineup in August and early September as it attempts to build a following before the baseball playoffs, which dominate the network in October and force shows into a hiatus.

The season begins Monday, Aug. 21 with the second-season premiere of "Prison Break" and the launch of new drama "Vanished," which focuses on the search for the missing wife of a Georgia Senator.

The Wednesday lineup of returning drama "Bones" and new entrant "Justice"--a drama from Jerry Bruckheimer about high-profile cases and how they are tried in the media--then debuts on August 30.

The Simon Cowell talent competition "Duets" will run on Thursdays, starting August 31, and after a two-hour premiere, will hold down "The O.C.'s" 9 p.m. spot until the drama returns after baseball.

Also, the network's new late-night "Talk Show with Spike Feresten" debuts at midnight on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Fox premiere dates are below, listed in chronological order.

All times are EST/PST.

Schedule

Monday, August 21
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Prison Break" (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Vanished" (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, August 30
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Bones" (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Justice" (Series Premiere)

Thursday, August 31
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Duets" (2-Hour Series Premiere)

Tuesday, September 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Standoff" (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "House" (Season Premiere)

Thursday, September 7
8:00-8:30 p.m. "'Til Death" (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. "Happy Hour" (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Duets" (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, September 8
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Nanny 911" (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Duets" Results Show (Series Premiere)

Saturday, September 9
8:00-8:30 p.m. "Cops" (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. "Cops" (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back" (Season Premiere)

Sunday, September 10
8:00-8:30 p.m. "The Simpsons" (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. "American Dad" (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. "Family Guy" (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. "The War At Home" (Season Premiere)

Saturday, September 16
11:00 p.m.-Midnight "MADtv" (Season Premiere)
Midnight-12:30 a.m. "Talk Show With Spike Feresten" (Series Premiere)

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