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Fox's fall schedule revealed: Big 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'X-Files' moves

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Fox is making a big bet this fall, moving struggling fantasy thriller Sleepy Hollow to one of the most competitive timeslots of the week.

Following Bones on Thursdays, the third season of Sleepy Hollow will air at 9 p.m., putting it up against ABC’s powerful Thank God It’s Thursday drama lineup—a surprising move considering the supernatural drama’s dwindling ratings. After hitting a creative lull in its sophomore outing, Sleepy Hollow is getting a showrunner change in season 3. In its place on Mondays, Fox makes the no-brainer move to pair two genre shows: sophomore comic-book drama Gotham and new sci-fi series Minority Report, the latter an adaptation of the 2002 Tom Cruise film of the same name. 

Meanwhile, it’ll be a long wait for the highly-anticipated X-Files revival, which is slated to debut with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. The six-episode event series reunites David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Mulder and Scully.

Following The Mindy Project‘s cancellation, New Girl is also being put on the backburner for a midseason return, which should actually work out in the show’s favor since leading lady Zooey Deschanel is pregnant in real life. It appears to be a game-time decision, however, since the show already filmed the first four episodes of season 5 to accommodate Deschanel’s pregnancyNew Girl will be paired with the Jack Cutmore-Scott comedy The Guide to Surviving Life, about a charming, yet flawed college grad whose life is filled with terrible choices and fantastic misadventures. 

With that said, January will be jam-packed for the network. American Idol will launch its 15th season—which will mark the show’s final outing. Fox also plans to air the three-hour production Grease: Live, starring Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgins, on Sunday, Jan 31. Other midseason fare includes the launch of DC Comics adaptation Lucifer, the Rob Kazinsky-starring Frankenstein Code, and animated comedy Bordertown.

Even without New Girl and the recently axed Mindy in the fall, Fox is sticking with one hour of comedy on Tuesday nights. John Stamos’ Grandfathered will be paired with Rob Lowe’s The Grinder—it’s about a lawyer, not the app—ahead of Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.

On the flip side, Fox is moving two of its successful midseason entries into the fall, with Empire staying on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m, preceded by new medical drama Rosewood, and The Last Man on Earth following Family Guy on Sundays at 9:30.

The announcement comes as broadcasters make a flurry of decisions about the fates of potential new and returning shows and announce their fall schedules at their upfront presentations to advertisers in New York this week. For a complete list of which shows were canceled and which were renewed, see our Broadcast Ax rundown.

Check out Fox’s fall schedule, with new shows in caps:

MONDAY

8-9 P.M. — Gotham

9-10 P.M. — MINORITY REPORT

TUESDAY

8-8:30 P.M. — GRANDFATHERED

8:30-9 P.M. — THE GRINDER

9-10. PM. — SCREAM QUEENS

WEDNESDAY

8-9 P.M. — ROSEWOOD

9-10 P.M. — Empire

THURSDAY

8-9 P.M. — Bones

9-10 P.M. — Sleepy Hollow

FRIDAY

8-9 P.M. — MasterChef Junior

9-10 P.M. — World’s Funniest

SATURDAY

7-10:30 P.M. — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football

SUNDAY

7-7:30 P.M. — NFL on Fox

7:30-8 P.M. — The OT / Bob’s Burgers

8-8:30 P.M. — The Simpsons

8:30-9 P.M. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine

9-9:30 P.M. — Family Guy

9:30-10 P.M. — The Last Man on Earth

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