Fox Schedule: 'Glee' Gets Midseason Break; Tuesdays Add Male Comedy
UPDATED: "New Girl" also nabs the prime post-Super Bowl time slot as the network sets its 2013-14 schedule.
Following a season that saw its overall ratings tumble 20 percent among adults 18-49, Fox is looking to men to help boost its Tuesday comedy block and Greg Kinnear to give Glee a break.
Ahead of the network's Monday presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers, the network announced its 2013-14 schedule, which includes the launch of two new comedies on Tuesdays. Replacing Raising Hope and the since-canceled Ben and Kate at 8 and 8:30 p.m. are Seth MacFarlane's live-action entry Dads and Andy Samberg vehicle Brooklyn Nine-Nine -- as the network hopes to boost the fortunes of New Girl and returning half-hour The Mindy Project.
On Thursdays, Glee's fifth season will take a break come midseason when Fox slots Kinnear's House-like drama Rake, with the Ryan Murphy musical returning in the spring and stretching into the summer as Fox's schedule transitions to feature more year-round original scripted fare.
Speaking with reporters ahead of the formal presentation Monday, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly noted Glee's midseason pause will allow for the musical to return in the fall with what he hopes would be an uninterrupted run. "It's too much bookkeeping for the young audience," he said of the scheduling. "More than anything in this day and age, having pre-emptions and having to go off the air for a batch of repeats is one of the top challenges we have."
Bones will remain on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the fall before being bumped to Fridays after baseball when Fox goes entirely genre with Almost Human. The drama from Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams will lead into Sleepy Hollow, a modern update with a sci-fi twist on the classic story from Fringe's Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci at 9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay's recently announced Junior MasterChef will kick off Fridays at 8 p.m., followed by encores of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. -- the slot previously occupied by Fringe. Following its postseason baseball coverage, Fox will add Raising Hope and rookie Geoff Stults brothers comedy Enlisted at 9 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.
Holding for midseason are rookie drama Gang Related and comedies Surviving Jack, Us & Them and animated effort Murder Police.
Additionally, Fox has slated New Girl and a yet-to-be determined freshman comedy to air following its broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII. The network more recently used the prime slot to showcase a football-themed hour of Glee. For its part, CBS this past season gave that honor to rookie drama Elementary, which ended up as the network's lone returning rookie.
Tucked into Fox's scheduling release was news that the network had greenlit its first event series in M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines, tapping Matt Dillon to star in the 2014 drama. Reilly also confirmed the return of 24 as a limited series that likely will launch the event series franchise in May 2014, likely leading into Pines and using the format as a way to break free of the traditional fall and midseason launch patterns.
"I'd like to strike the word midseason from our lexicon," Reilly told reporters. "It makes it seem like there's only two places where we can really launch shows -- September and January. We want to stagger programming throughout the year."
Fox's complete schedule follows. (New shows in all bold.)
8-9 p.m. BONES (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (new; late fall)
9-10 p.m. SLEEPY HOLLOW (new; fall)/THE FOLLOWING (midseason)
8-8:30 p.m. DADS (new)
8:30-9 p.m. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new)
9-9:30 p.m. NEW GIRL
9:30-10 p.m. THE MINDY PROJECT
8-10 p.m. THE X FACTOR (fall)/AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)
8-9 p.m. THE X FACTOR Results (fall)/AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
9-10 p.m. GLEE (fall)/RAKE (new; midseason)
8-9 p.m. JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (new; fall)
9-10 p.m. SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
8-9 p.m. BONES (late fall)
9-9:30 p.m. RAISING HOPE (late fall) (new day and time)
9:30-10 p.m. ENLISTED (new; late fall)
7-10:30 P.M. FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF
7-7:30 p.m. NFL Game (fall)
7:30-8 p.m. THE OT (fall)
8-8:30 p.m. THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS
9-9:30 p.m. FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 p.m. AMERICAN DAD