Fox sets 'Human Target' premiere

'Idol' returns Jan. 12; 'Glee' back on April 13

"Human Target" is one of three Fox shows to receive the coveted "American Idol" lead-in next year while "Fringe" will keep toughing it out on Thursdays.

The decisions are part of Fox's midseason schedule which lays out the network's lineup through April.

Mondays will contain the network's marquee dramas, "House" and "24," starting Jan. 25, with "24" getting a two-hour opener the previous week.

Tuesdays have "American Idol" kicking off Jan. 12. "Idol" will be used to introduce viewers to Mark Burnett's new family friendly game show, "Our Little Genius," on Wednesday, Jan. 13, before the show shifts to Tuesdays (also paired with "Idol") beginning Jan. 19.

"Glee" will return to take over for "Genius" on Tuesdays starting April 13 -- meaning the musical comedy is taking a whopping four-month hiatus after its mid-December fall finale. The move likely accommodates showrunner Ryan Murphy's shooting schedule for his adaptation of "Eat, Pray, Love." Also, given that "Glee" is returning to a powerful "Idol" lead-in, the network doesn't exactly have to worry about the show's ratings falling due to the extended break.

On Wednesdays, new action-drama "Human Target" will benefit from "Idol" starting Jan. 20. "Target" will launch a few nights earlier, Sunday, Jan. 17, where it will have a plum launch, debuting between Fox's telecast of the NFC Divisional Playoff game and the two-hour "24" premiere -- a male-skewing ratings sandwich.

Despite some ratings trouble for "Fringe" that's had fans clamoring for Fox to move the show to a less competitive night, the drama will stay on Thursdays paired with "Bones." New procedural drama "Past Life" will take over for "Fringe" as of Feb. 11, but since Fox shortened its order for the show, "Fringe" will return April 1.

Fox will air the series finale of "Dollhouse" on Jan. 22, then Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" takes over the time period the following week.

And finally on Sunday nights, new live action comedy "Sons of Tuscon" will get a chance in the animation block, airing at 8:30 p.m. starting March 14. "Cleveland" will shift to 9:30 p.m. to make room, with "American Dad" off the board.

Also off the board is "Lie to Me," which Fox just picked up for a full season and plans to air sometime in midseason. Though there's no obvious spot on the schedule now, it's always better to have a show and not need it than to need a show and not have it. "Til Death" will also rise again at some point.

Fox's full midseason schedule with premiere dates:

MONDAY
Monday, Jan. 4:
7:30 PM-CC ET TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (LIVE)

Monday, Jan. 18:
8:00-10:00 PM 24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 2)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 25:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM 24 (Time Period Premiere)

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TUESDAY
Tuesday, Jan. 5:
7:30 PM-CC ET FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (LIVE)

Tuesday, Jan. 12:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)


Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Time Period Premiere)


Tuesdays, beginning April 13:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Time Period Premiere)

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WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, Jan. 13:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 2)
9:00-10:00 PM OUR LITTLE GENIUS (Series Premiere)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM HUMAN TARGET (Series Premiere)

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THURSDAY
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 14 (no change to lineup):
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (All-New Episodes)

Thursday, Feb. 4:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (Winter Finale)

Thursday, Feb. 11:
8:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE (Two-Hour Series Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE (Time Period Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning April 1:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (Time Period Premiere)

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FRIDAY
Friday, Jan. 1:
8:00 PM-CC ET ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (LIVE)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 8:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE (All-New Episodes)

Friday, Jan. 22:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE (Series Finale)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 29:
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)

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SATURDAY
Saturdays (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-Midnight THE WANDA SYKES SHOW
Midnight-12:30 AM SIT DOWN, SHUT UP

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SUNDAY
Sunday, Jan. 10:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (450th Milestone Episode)
8:30-9:30 PM THE SIMPSONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: IN 3-D! ON ICE!
9:30-10:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW

Sunday, Jan. 17:
4:00 PM-CC ET NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF (LIVE)
8:00-9:00 PM HUMAN TARGET (Series Preview)
9:00-11:00 PM 24 (2-Night / 4-Hour Season Premiere, Part 1)

Sunday, Jan. 24:
6:00 PM-CC ET NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LIVE)

Sundays, beginning Jan. 31 (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episodes)
8:30-9:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New Episodes)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (All-New Episodes)

Sunday, March 14:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM SONS OF TUCSON (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere)
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