Fox 'Extends' Alcatraz Run, Rests House and Fringe in March for Repeat-Free Season Finishes

Fox is making some springtime schedule tweaks that will “extend” Alcatraz‘s sentence and give two veteran shows the chance to finish their seasons strong.

To start with, as first reported by The Futon Critic, J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz — which was to finale in mid-March, thanks to a series of doubled-up outings — now will only air back-to-back hours on March 5. Then, starting March 12, it will move to Mondays-at-8, where it will spell House and tee up Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch.

Alcatraz will now air its season finale on March 26. House then reclaims its Mondays-at-8 berth on April 2, airing 100-percent originals for the remainder of Season 8.

Similarly, Fox is using some reheated Kitchen Nightmares to rest Fringe for the first three weeks of March, so that the sci-fi series can return March 23 with all-new episodes for the rest of its fourth season.