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Fox Reveals Mid-season Slate

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Fox on Wednesday revealed its mid-season plan, and in doing so squelched speculation that American Idol would be moved to a Wednesday-Thursday schedule. Instead, the reality series' fifth season will stick to its Tuesday-Wednesday combo, premiering Jan. 17 at 8 pm/ET. Also announced: Trading Spouses returns Jan. 6; 24, airing Mondays at 9, starts its uninterrupted run of new episodes on Jan. 15 with a two-night, four-hour event; Skating with Celebrities bows Jan. 18, before moving to Mondays on Jan. 23; Bones relocates to Wednesday at 9 starting Jan. 25; Stacked and That '70s Show move to Thursday starting March 2; and Prison Break picks up where this week's cliff-hanger left off beginning March 20. As for exits, the Reunion will come to an end on Feb. 2, as producers work hard to tie up its sprawling murder mystery a few "years" ahead of schedule.



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Courtesy of: ZAP2IT.COM

'Idol' Stays Put, Lots More Moving for FOX Midseason

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
12:35 PM PT

FOX is indeed shaking up the Thursday-night landscape at midseason, although the announcement the network made about its schedule isn't quite the earth-shattering one many were expecting.
Deciding not to mess with success, FOX is keeping "American Idol" in its Tuesday-Wednesday home, with the fifth season of the show scheduled to premiere Tuesday, Jan. 17. There had been widespread speculation in recent days that the network would shift the "Idol" results show to Thursday in a bid to challenge CBS' dominance of the night.

"With all of the speculation and rumor, it's great to finally announce the premiere of the second half of our season," FOX Entertainment chief Peter Liguori says. "It takes discipline to hold back '24' and 'American Idol,' but doing so allows us to strengthen our schedule across the week and to give our viewers nonstop excitement from January through May."

FOX is making some changes to Thursday, moving comedies "That '70s Show" and "Stacked" into the 9 p.m. hour following "The O.C." as of March 2. The shows will face a tough road there opposite CBS' powerhouse "CSI" and NBC's "The Apprentice."
In a change from the plan it announced last spring, FOX will keep "House" at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The show has proven to be a strong performer on its own this fall, and its ratings will likely get a further boost by airing after the Tuesday "Idol."

First-year drama "Bones," meanwhile, will move from Tuesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday -- opposite ABC's "Lost" -- starting Jan. 25. The Wednesday "Idol" will stay at 8 p.m. for the audition/field-narrowing phase, then move to 9 p.m. in the spring. The network hasn't finalized its Wednesday plans for when that occurs.

Finally, the network has also set a return date for "Prison Break": A repeat of Monday's (Nov. 28) "fall finale" will air Monday, March 13, and new episodes will be paired with "24" starting the following week.

Here's a rundown of changes in FOX's midseason schedule (Saturday and Sunday lineups remain intact):


8 p.m. "Skating with Celebrities" (premieres Wednesday, Jan. 18; moves to Mondays Jan. 23-March 6)
8 p.m. "Prison Break" (returns March 13)
9 p.m. "24" (premieres Sunday, Jan. 15; moves to Mondays the following night)


8 p.m. "American Idol" (premieres Jan. 17)
9 p.m. "House"


8 p.m. "American Idol" (premieres Jan. 18)
9 p.m. "Bones" (as of Jan. 25)


8 p.m. "The O.C."
9 p.m. "That '70s Show" (as of March 2)
9:30 p.m. "Stacked" (as of March 2)


8 p.m. "The Bernie Mac Show"
8:30 p.m. "Malcolm in the Middle"
9 p.m. "Trading Spouses" (as of Jan. 6)


(Phewwww got all that? Good...just tell me when stuff comes on, cuz I am sooooooo confused)

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