Fox Touches Up Midseason, Debuts 'Touch'

AlcatrazFox isn't planning to slow down come mid-season -- returning "American Idol" for its 11th season and three new dramas. Fox won the fall rating race among 18-49 viewers and improved in many other categories.

"Idol," while down in ratings versus recent years, hopes to get a big jump after the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 22, following the special two-night premiere on Wednesday and Thursday the previous week.

"Touch," with Fox favorite Kiefer Sutherland and "Heroes" producer Tim Kring, will start up Wednesday January 25. J.J. Abrams' "Alcatraz" will begin on Monday, Jan. 16. "House" will be paired first with "Alcatraz" Monday; then "House" will paired with "Touch" later in the season.

New procedural "The Finder" begins Thursday, Jan. 12., right after "Idol." 



Fox's strong Sunday night comedy block will get new shows “Napoleon Dynamite" starting on Sunday, Jan. 15., then "Breaking In" on March 6. The return of "Bob's Burgers" will debut March 11.

Fox seemingly had one casualty: Sunday animation-comedy "Allen Gregory" is nowhere to be found on the schedule for the rest of the 2011-2012 season.


(Times for All-New episodes are EST/PST except as noted)


Monday, Jan. 16
8:00-10:00 p.m.          "Alcatraz" (Series Premiere)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 23
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "House" (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Alcatraz" (Time Period Premiere)

Monday, March 12
8:00-10:00 p.m.          "Alcatraz"   (Two-Hour Episode)

Mondays, beginning March 19
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "House"
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Touch"(Series Premiere)


Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "Glee"
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "New Girl"  NEW
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "Raising Hope"

Tuesdays, beginning March 6
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "New Girl"  NEW (encore)
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "Breaking In" (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "New Girl"
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "Raising Hope"


Wednesday, Jan. 4
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "Glee" (encore)
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Mobbed"

Wednesday, Jan. 11
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "Mobbed" (encore)
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Mobbed"

Wednesday, Jan. 18
8:00-10:00 p.m.          "American Idol" (Season Premiere, Part One)

Wednesday, Jan. 25
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "American Idol"
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Touch" (Special Preview)

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "American Idol"
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Mobbed"

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 15
8:00-10:00 p.m.          "American Idol" (Two-Hour Episodes)


Thursday, Jan. 12
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "Bones" (encore)
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "The Finder" (Series Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "American Idol" (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "The Finder"


Friday, Jan. 6
8:00 p.m.-CC EST        "Fox Sports Special: 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (Live)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 13
8:00-9:00 p.m.            "Kitchen Nightmares"
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "FringeSaturday"


Saturdays, beginning Jan. 7
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "Cops"
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "Cops"
9:00-10:00 p.m.          "Drama Encores"
11:00 p.m.-Midnight     "Encores"
Midnight-12:30 a.m.     "Encores"

Saturday, Feb. 11
8:00-10:00 p.m.          "America's Most Wanted Special Edition"
11:00 p.m.-Midnight     "Encores"
Midnight-12:30 a.m.     "Encores"


Sunday, Jan. 8
7:00-7:30 p.m.            "Bob's Burgers" (encore)
7:30-8:00 p.m.            "The Cleveland Show" (encore)
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "The Cleveland Show"
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "American Dad"

Sunday, Jan. 15
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "Napoleon Dynamite" (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "Napoleon Dynamite" (Special Time)

Sunday, Jan. 22
6:00 p.m.-CC EST        "Fox Sports Special: NFC Championship Game (Live)
10:00 p.m. ET/            "American Idol" (Special Broadcast; Approximate Start Time)
7:00 PST

Sundays, beginning Jan. 29
7:00-7:30 p.m.            "Bob's Burgers"(encore)
7:30-8:00 p.m.            "The Cleveland Show"
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "Napoleon Dynamite"
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "American Dad"

Sundays, beginning March 11

7:00-7:30 p.m.            "Animation Domination Encores"
7:30-8:00 p.m.            "The Cleveland Show"
8:00-8:30 p.m.            "The Simpsons"
8:30-9:00 p.m.            "Bob's Burgers" (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m.            "Family Guy"
9:30-10:00 p.m.          "American Dad"

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  1. Thomas Siebert from BENEVOLENT PROPAGANDA, December 5, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.

    S'funny -- "Touch" looks like one of the most interesting series of the 2011-12 season, while "Alcatraz" just about the dumbest.

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