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Fox shifting 'American Idol' to 9 p.m. timeslot

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Fox is shifting the timeslot for its reality juggernaut American Idol one hour later to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 27, the network confirms to EW. The lead-in for Idol will be a new series called Human Target, based on a graphic novel about a bodyguard and starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley. Idol‘s ninth season kicks off with a two-hour special on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.; on Jan. 13 Idol airs at 8 p.m. followed by the debut of Our Little Genius at 9 p.m.; Idol continues in that 8 p.m. slot one more week on Jan. 20, leading into the 9 p.m. series premiere of Human Target. Finally, on Jan. 27, the shows will settle into their usual timeslots for the rest of the season: Human Target at 8 p.m. and American Idol at 9 p.m.