Fox Unveils Midseason Schedule, Sets Dates for Idol, The Following — Plus: Glee Takes a Breather

Fox_Midseason_Schedule_2014Fox has announced its midseason game plan, and it includes return dates for American Idol and The Following, as well as the annual spring hiatus for Glee.

Idol returns with its traditional two-night, four-hour premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16.

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The Following kicks off its 15-week, uninterrupted second season on Monday, Jan. 20, at 9/8c, following the season finale of Sleepy Hollow. (Almost Human will return to the lineup on Jan. 27.)

The new Greg Kinnear drama Rake debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, and continuing with its regular time period debut on Thursday, Jan. 23, following Idol.

In the spring when Idol results go to 30 minutes, the new Chris Meloni comedy Surviving Jack will air immediately afterwards.

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Here’s a rundown of the midseason tweaks:

Friday, Jan. 10:

9:30-10 pm Enlisted (Series premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 15:

8-10 pm American Idol (Season premiere, Part 1)

Thursday, Jan. 16:

8-10 pm American Idol (Season Premiere, Part 2)

Sunday, Jan. 19:

6-10 pm  NFC Championship Game (Live)

10-11 pm Rake (Series premiere, Night 1)

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Monday, Jan. 20:

8-9 pm Sleepy Hollow (Season finale; special time)

9-10 pm The Following (Season premiere)

Thursday, Jan. 23:

8-9 pm American Idol  (Time-slot premiere)

9-10 pm Rake (Series premiere, Night 2; time-slot premiere)

Per Fox, Glee‘s current fifth season will resume in the spring.

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  1. Tess says:

    Good . I like it

  2. MujerdeFuego says:

    I thought Us and Them was permanently shelved. I believe you reported that scoop, Ausiello. What gives?

    • Lauren says:

      I’m pretty sue they just said it was “all but cancelled,” only make a couple episodes?

      • johnhelvete says:

        Us and Them is receiving the same treatment as Goodwin Games from last season. Series order cut from 13 to between 6-8 episodes, production shut down, cast allowed out of their contracts.

  3. jake says:

    wasn’t Us and Them already cancelled?

  4. Amanda From Michigan says:

    What does this mean: “Randy Jackson returning as the new…”? First off, I thought he was done. And how does someone return as the new person?

  5. Lauren says:

    ‘Bold’ new show Rake. Yeah, if it’s bold to remake an already popular (and awesome) Australian show. Just watch the original. And MujerdeFuego, they stopped filming Us and Them early, but they’re still going to air the six? seven? episodes they filmed.

  6. Hana says:

    Okay, I don’t get where Almost Human figures into this. It debuts on November 17, but on January 20 it’s not on the schedule?

  7. Eric7740 says:

    So when is Glee taking a break???

  8. meem says:

    Seeing the season finale of Sleepy Hollow on January 20 makes me sad. Why couldn’t they have had 15 episodes and The Following 13?

    • Francine says:

      Wouldn’t the Sleepy Hollow finale be January 13th since The Following is premiering January 29th at its usual time? Or is Sleepy Hollow going to more to 8? But I feel your pain. I don’t mind a shortened season but I would love a few extra episodes. Not to mention that we’ll obviously get quite a few repeats if its not done until January.

  9. Derek says:

    FOX’s schedule is just too damn complicated.

  10. Tammy says:

    Well I’m not watching The Following again. Very disappointed in the first season. More Sleepy Hollow!!!!

  11. Tran 2.0 says:

    Don’t know if the new season of The Following is going to be good or bad than Season One.

  12. steven says:

    Rake premieres at 10pm? I thought FOX didn’t air shows at that time.

  13. Dennis says:

    So sick of all the singing shows, I think was only one winner that made it really big. Just combine them into one show ” The Voice of the next American Idol with the X-Factor”

    • James says:

      LOL! And that’s not even all of them… The Sing Off is back this fall, and then there’s America’s Got Talent which features a lot of singers. Definitely over-saturation! It will be interesting to see a few years from now which ones, if any, are still on the air.

  14. Teag says:

    When will the other networks announce their midseason schedules?

  15. Bill says:

    I think that will be it for The Following. I get the feeling it’s ratings will drop and be cancelled after the season

  16. Tami Fletcher says:

    When is The American’s coming back??

  17. sarah says:

    Well I was really looking forward to Wayward Pines with Matt Dillon, but I guess Fox decided to not put it on their schedule after all even though it was a mid season show!
    Once again no Fox for me as I have decided to not watch Season 2 of The Following.

  18. Drew says:

    Not being on the air has been the most enjoyable part of The Following so far. Why do they have to go and ruin that?

  19. Jillian says:

    Fox’s scheduling is a hot mess. In an age where reality competitions are dying, is it really necessary to give American Idol a two-night 4 hour premiere?! Also, why is Sleepy Hollow only 13-15 episodes yet they already picked it up for a second season? Why not give it a full 22? And how long is Glee going to be off the air? Fox continually tries to kill Glee by putting it on Thursdays at 9 and then giving it ridiculously long/spontaneous hiatuses that detract viewers from it.

    • Choco says:

      The Sleepy Hollow 13-episode order works better in a creative level. Less filler.

      • Jake says:

        What Choco said. Honestly, I actually prefer a 13-15 episode season over a 22 episode season. Maybe thats due to how much cable I watch. I think it keeps the story more focused. As for “The Following” it just showed up on netflix and I tried to watch the season 1 finale. About a minute into it I turned it off and realized just how much I don’t care anymore.

  20. Joey says:

    I can’t wait to watch the new season of The Following and check out Greg’s new show Rake.

  21. Ron says:

    I was so excited when The Following was starting it’s run last year. 5 episodes in and I completely gave up on the show. Not good at all (and way too heavy-handed with the Poe references). Sleepy Hollow is where it’s at! Love that show! It’s the much better version of The Following. And now that Fox viewers have Sleepy Hollow to compare with The Following, I think season 2 may be it for The Following. It just doesn’t compare.

  22. Jaime04 says:

    Glee is scheduled to be back mid-April

  23. KC says:

    Actually, Glee returns Nov 7th for 6 episodes (thru early Dec), then a break until April

  24. johnny doe says:

    Where the heck is Gang Related ? The acripta I read were pretty good….

  25. jonathon says:

    i actually really enjoyed the first season of The Following. Who cares if law enforcement were a step behind all the time, its called a scripted show, it happens. The suspense kicked up every week and had a little downfall in the finale but it definitely kept me wanting more. Can’t wait for season 2!

  26. Gail says:

    What about Raising Hope??????

  27. arial2 says:

    Did I miss something (wouldn’t be surprised – lol)? Has Bones been cancelled? Why has it disappeared from the schedule?

  28. Curt says:

    well, here’s hoping they dont kill RAKE, an incredibly terrific Austrailian show with Richard Roxbugh. It’s gonna break my heart (since they stopped showing it on Audience) if they
    ‘americanize’ this, as our networks have done with almost all British or Aus shows……..the cast couldnt be replicated sol ???.. never mind. we’ll see