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

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)