Fox announces winter premiere dates, 'Glee' moved to Fridays
Fox has unveiled a slew of premiere dates for its midseason schedule, and the new direction in which it will send Glee is Friday: The musical dramedy will begin its final season on Jan. 9 with a two-hour season opener at 8 p.m. before moving into its Friday-at-9 p.m. slot on Jan. 16.
Glee will be preceded by an hour of videos gone wrong—and viral. The tentatively titled World’s Funniest Fails—an unscripted comedy based on YouTube channel FailArmy in which a panel of comedians will have fun with “epic fail” internet videos—will debut on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
The quirky crime drama Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson as a gifted but insolent detective, hits the air on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m., following episodes of American Idol. (Idol opens season 14 on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. and the Wednesday editions will lead into Lee Daniels’ new family/music drama Empire at 9 p.m.)
The Last Man on Earth, a post-apocalyptic comedy which stars Will Forte as the guy in the title, will debut with back-to-back episodes on March 1 at 9 p.m. The thirtysomethings-in-Queens comedy Weird Loners, which includes Zachary Knighton and Becky Newton in its ensemble, debuts March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
As for returning series, Bones gets back on the case on Thursday March 26, at 8 p.m. Masterchef Junior‘s third season gets underway Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. Another Gordon Ramsay series, Hell’s Kitchen, returns with new episodes on March 3.
The Following creeps back onto the schedule on Monday, March 2, with a two-hour premiere, and will settle into its regular slot at 9 p.m. the following week.
Ailing freshman hospital drama Red Band Society was left off the schedule. Sources say that Fox is in talks with Red Band producer ABC Studios about possible scenarios for the series.