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



Comments (35)

  • Everythings ending a little early this year, huh?

    Comment by Chris – February 28, 2013 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will be able to watch Axe Cop on my tv? YES.

    Comment by Mo – February 28, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Nick – February 28, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sweeps runs April 25-May 22.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 28, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Don’t most FOX shows start a bit earlier due to Baseball Playoffs in November. They start early because they are off the air while other shows are running in the Fall.

        Comment by Stacie – February 28, 2013 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Baseball playoffs are in October, not November.

          Comment by Jay – March 6, 2013 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by The Killing – March 1, 2013 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Thilia – February 28, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOO HOO!! Can’t wait for SYTYCD!!! :D

    Comment by Cathy – February 28, 2013 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe they will start early or even give us a back to back season.

      Comment by Robbin Storo – March 6, 2013 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They may as well end Idol now. The show is in the toilet this season.

    Comment by David – February 28, 2013 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as it’s not the series finale of Raising Hope! Gets funnier and funnier every episode!

    Comment by Babybop – February 28, 2013 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With Bones ending in April does that mean no repeats during March?

    Comment by Kelly – February 28, 2013 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All me and my son care about is when Wipeout comes back. We’re kind of sad without it ;[

    Comment by Disastrous – February 28, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Elle – February 28, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are you kidding me? Does Someone Have to Go? premiere.

    Comment by forwarddad – February 28, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • March 28 is a Thursday…is this correct??

    Comment by Lana – February 28, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re right, March 28th is a Thursday. Perhaps they mean March 26th?

      Comment by Regal – February 28, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • March 28th is the correct date for Raising Hope season finale. It gets the post Idol slot for the one-hour finale. Tuesday is just a typo or Matt assumed it was a Tuesday because Raising Hope usually airs on Tuesdays.

        Comment by Balaji K – February 28, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Correct; all fixed.

          Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 28, 2013 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Okay… still confused. Still says Tuesday, March 28. I THINK you mean Thursday, March 28 from your comment above.

            Comment by Galelkethewind – March 1, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  
          • Still not fixed. Is it airing Tuesday, or Thursday?

            Comment by Reba – March 19, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  
  • I thought Raising Hope, Mindy and New Girl would be airing on Thursday nights?

    Comment by Josh – February 28, 2013 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just for one week – Raising Hope on March 28, New Girl, Mindy project on April 4.

      Comment by Balaji K – February 28, 2013 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tjhis seems pretty dumb and the replacements look awful. Fox is in a tie for ABC for stupidity

    Comment by Boiler – February 28, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • stinks they are ending raising hopes season so soon. really needs to get renewed.

    Comment by ollie – February 28, 2013 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bachelorette premieres May 20. Yes, I am ashamed that I know this. And yes, of course I’ll be watching.

    Comment by Donna Kauffman – February 28, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Master Chef???

    Comment by PFitzDC – February 28, 2013 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jill – February 28, 2013 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Rachel – February 28, 2013 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can someone explain what’s up with Hell’s Kitchen to me? I thought that it was supposed to be back in 2 weeks?

    Comment by Regal – February 28, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn, that Does Someone Have to Go? Show seems messed up and mean.

    Comment by MattR – February 28, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Rachel – February 28, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Everything I’m seeing/hearing so far says “once a week.”

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 28, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Alex – March 1, 2013 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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