FOX Announces Winter Premiere Dates Including American Idol and Glee

FOX Announces the network’s winter premiere dates. American Idol will  kick off with a four-hour premiere week beginning Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday January 17

. Glee will come back from winter hiatus on Thursday, January 24, immediately after a 1 hour American Idol.

Check out the full schedule below


AMERICAN IDOL Debuts with Two-Night Premiere January 16 and 17
New Psychological Thriller THE FOLLOWING Premieres January 21
RAISING HOPE, BEN AND KATE, NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT Bring the Laughs Tuesdays Starting January 8;
FRINGE Re-Materializes January 11,And Concludes with 100th Episode and Two-Hour Finale January 18;
TOUCH Connects with a Two-Hour Season Premiere February 8

FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL and the debut of THE FOLLOWING. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, AMERICAN IDOL makes its Season 12 return on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, in a special two-hour episode, Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New psychological drama THE FOLLOWING, starring Kevin Bacon, starts thrilling on Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). And don’t miss a special 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new series, INSIDE THE FOLLOWING, airing Saturday, Jan. 19 (12:00-12:30 AM ET/PT).

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, ANIMATION DOMINATION returns with all-new episodes of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Brand-new episodes of THE CLEVELAND SHOW rejoin the ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup beginning Sunday, Jan. 13 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT).

The laughs continue on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8 with all-new episodes of RAISING HOPE (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BEN AND KATE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Find out which celebrities will score a “Perfect 10” and which ones will belly-flop in the all-new two-hour special “STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE,” airing  Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

FRINGE hurtles toward its epic conclusion with its penultimate episode Friday, Jan. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before its highly anticipated two-hour series finale and 100th episode Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). BONES digs up new cases with a special two-hour return Monday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and GLEE sings its way back to the stage Thursday, Jan. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following AMERICAN IDOL. Gordon Ramsay turns up the heat on restaurant owners when KITCHEN NIGHTMARES fires back up Friday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

On Friday, Feb. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), don’t miss the two-hour second season premiere of TOUCH, starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland.  The series moves into its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


(Times for All-New episodes are ET/PT except as noted;

Programs in bold denote Winter Premieres)

Sunday, Jan. 6

4:00 PM-CC ET live/


8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

Tuesday, Jan. 8

8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE
8:30-9:00 PM              BEN AND KATE
9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT

Wednesday, Jan. 9

8:00-10:00 PM            STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE (Two-Hour Special Event)

Friday, Jan. 11

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (encore)
9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

Sunday, Jan. 13

7:30-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

Monday, Jan. 14

8:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Two-Hour Winter Premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 16

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Thursday, Jan. 17

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Special Two-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)

Friday, Jan. 18

8:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE (100th Episode and Two-Hour Series Finale)

Saturday, Jan. 19

12:00-12:30 AM          INSIDE THE FOLLOWING (30-Minute Special)

Monday, Jan. 21

8:00-9:00 PM              BONES
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (Series Premiere)

Thursday, Jan. 24

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM            GLEE

Friday, Jan. 25

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FOLLOWING (encore)

Friday, Feb. 8

8:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

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