Fox Sets Finales for Glee, Bones, Idol and Others, Premieres for SYTYCD and More Summer Fare

Finale Dates Glee, American IdolFox has announced its game plan to serve up springtime finales for Glee, American Idol and other shows, then segue into fresh summer fare — including Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance.

The first programs to wrap their current runs are Raising Hope (as previously announced, on March 28), Bones and The Following (both on April 29).

Also of note, Idol will crown its latest champion with its annual two-part finale, airing May 15 and 16. (Note: The May sweeps ratings period runs April 25 through May 22.)

Among the premieres, SYTYCD fires up the hot tamale train on May 14, while Does Someone Have to Go? (a new unscripted show in which employees of a company are allowed to make changes/even lay off colleagues) sneak-previews May 15 before its official May 23 bow.

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Fox’s new Animation Domination High-Def series, airing Saturday nights, will rotate quarter-hour ‘toons including Axe Cop (based on the hit graphic novel), High School USA! and Golan the Insatiable.

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Here’s the complete slate, UPDATED March 12 to reflect later premiere dates for four shows.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28
9 pm Raising Hope Season 3 finale (one hour)

MONDAY, APRIL 29
8/7c Bones Season 8 finale
9 pm The Following Season 1 finale

SATURDAY, MAY 4
8 pm COPS season finale

MONDAY, MAY 6
9 pm Hell’s Kitchen (new episodes)

THURSDAY, MAY 9
9 pm Glee Season 4 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 10
8 pm Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 finale (UPDATED)
9 pm Touch Season 2 finale (UPDATED)

SUNDAY, MAY 12
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 3 finale
9:30 pm American Dad! Season 8 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 14
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 premiere (UPDATE: one hour)
9 pm New Girl Season 2 finale (UPDATED)
9:30 pm The Mindy Project Season 1 finale (UPDATED)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
8 pm American Idol Season 11 finale, Part 1
9 pm Does Someone Have to Go? sneak preview

THURSDAY, MAY 16
8 pm American Idol Season 11 finale, Part 2 (127 minutes)

SUNDAY, MAY 19
7 pm The Cleveland Show Season 4 finale (two episodes)
8 pm The Simpsons Season 24 finale (two episodes)
9 pm Family Guy Season 11 finale (two episodes)

MONDAY, MAY 20
8:30 pm The Goodwin Games premiere

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
8 pm MasterChef Season 4 premiere (two hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 23
8 pm Does Someone Have to Go? premiere
9 pm Hell’s Kitchen time period premiere

SATURDAY, JULY 27
11 pm Animation Domination High-Def premiere

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35 Comments
  1. Chris says:

    Everythings ending a little early this year, huh?

  2. Mo says:

    I will be able to watch Axe Cop on my tv? YES.

  3. Nick says:

    Why is everything ending so early? I mean Bones & Following ending in April? & New Girl ending in early May? I thought shows were supposed to end in like the last week of May

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Sweeps runs April 25-May 22.

    • The Killing says:

      LOL in Europe there are no breaks and if a new season starts in September, it always ends in January or February (shows with 22+ episodes that only air once a week of course). Some shows air from Monday to Friday.

  4. Thilia says:

    Wow. They are ending seasons sooner and starting them later this year. I wish they would still take them through the third week in May and bring them back in August.

  5. Cathy says:

    WOO HOO!! Can’t wait for SYTYCD!!! :D

  6. David says:

    They may as well end Idol now. The show is in the toilet this season.

  7. Babybop says:

    As long as it’s not the series finale of Raising Hope! Gets funnier and funnier every episode!

  8. Kelly says:

    With Bones ending in April does that mean no repeats during March?

  9. Disastrous says:

    All me and my son care about is when Wipeout comes back. We’re kind of sad without it ;[

  10. Elle says:

    The Following and Bones probably moved up for better ratings. DWTS and The Voice will probably have some 2 hr. episodes and this might lower Fox ratings. It is still sweeps but not finale week for other shows so it may help.

  11. forwarddad says:

    Are you kidding me? Does Someone Have to Go? premiere.

  12. Lana says:

    March 28 is a Thursday…is this correct??

  13. Josh says:

    I thought Raising Hope, Mindy and New Girl would be airing on Thursday nights?

  14. Boiler says:

    Tjhis seems pretty dumb and the replacements look awful. Fox is in a tie for ABC for stupidity

  15. ollie says:

    stinks they are ending raising hopes season so soon. really needs to get renewed.

  16. Bachelorette premieres May 20. Yes, I am ashamed that I know this. And yes, of course I’ll be watching.

  17. PFitzDC says:

    Master Chef???

  18. Jill says:

    Is SYTYCD going back to the performance on Wed & results on Thurs again. Didn’t enjoy the 1 episode a week version last year. If any competition show deserves a full results show, it’s this one!

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t think any competition deserves a full results show, but I will agree with you that if anyone should have it, it’s SYTYCD! They really do a good one!

  19. Regal says:

    Can someone explain what’s up with Hell’s Kitchen to me? I thought that it was supposed to be back in 2 weeks?

  20. MattR says:

    Damn, that Does Someone Have to Go? Show seems messed up and mean.

  21. Rachel says:

    SO EXCITED for SYTYCD! I can’t wait until May 14! Will it just be one time a week again? That actually worked out OK last year.

  22. Alex says:

    Interesting, given Bones is ending on April 29, they’ll just be airing 24 episodes, and not the intended 26. Wonder if they just didn’t produce 26, or they’ll have two eps left over that they’ll air next season. Could TVLine confirm this?

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