‘American Idol,’ ‘Touch,’ ‘Alcatraz’ Premiere Dates Announced by Fox

New J.J. Abrams drama bows Jan. 16; “Idol” gets two-part premiere beginning Jan. 18

Fox announced its midseason premiere dates for the 2011-2012 season Thursday, revealing when audience favorites will return and new offerings will make their bow.

Among the notable premieres: "American Idol" will be back for its 11th season with a two-part premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19, with a special episode airing after the NFC Championship Game.

On the new series front, the Kiefer Sutherland drama "Touch" will get a preview on Jan. 25, with its proper premiere landing on March 19. The J.J. Abrams drama "Alcatraz" makes its debut on Monday, Jan. 16.

Read below for the full schedule.


FOX 2011-2012 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE

(Times for All-New episodes are ET/PT except as noted)

 

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 16:

8:00-10:00 PM ALCATRAZ (Series Premiere)

 

Mondays, beginning Jan. 23:

8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM ALCATRAZ (Time Period Premiere)

 

Monday, March 12:

8:00-10:00 PM ALCATRAZ (Two-Hour Episode)

 

Mondays, beginning March 19:

8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE

9:00-10:00 PM TOUCH (Series Premiere)

 

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TUESDAY

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17:

8:00-9:00 PM GLEE

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE

 

Tuesdays, beginning March 6:

8:00-8:30 PM NEW GIRL (encore)

8:30-9:00 PM BREAKING IN (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE

 

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

8:00-9:00 PM GLEE (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM MOBBED

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

8:00-9:00 PM MOBBED (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM MOBBED

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM TOUCH (Special Preview)

 

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM MOBBED

 

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 15:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Episodes)

 

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THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 12:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM THE FINDER (Series Premiere)

 

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)

9:00-10:00 PM THE FINDER

 

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FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 6:

8:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: 2012 AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (Live)

 

Fridays, beginning Jan. 13:

8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

 

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SATURDAY

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 7:

8:00-8:30 PM COPS

8:30-9:00 PM COPS

9:00-10:00 PM DRAMA ENCORES

11:00 PM-Midnight ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 AM ENCORES

 

Saturday, Feb. 11:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED SPECIAL EDITION

11:00 PM-Midnight ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 AM ENCORES

 

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SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 8:

7:00-7:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS (encore)

7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (encore)

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD

 

Sunday, Jan. 15:

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Special Time)

 

Sunday, Jan. 22:

6:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)

10:00 PM ET/ AMERICAN IDOL (Special Broadcast; Approximate Start Time)

7:00 PT

 

Sundays, beginning Jan. 29:

7:00-7:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS (encore)

7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD

 

Sundays, beginning March 11:

7:00-7:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES

7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD