Fox Adds Five Dramas, Two Comedies for Fall, Sets January ‘Idol’ Schedule

May 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox picked up seven new shows for fall, scheduling four debuting dramas at 9 p.m. (ET), one new drama at 8 p.m. and two new comedies at 8:30 p.m. In addition, Fox announced a January schedule for the return of “American Idol.”

The network’s fall schedule includes 11 original returning and debuting comedies plus a half-hour of committed animated repeats, double the number of comedies on either ABC, CBS or NBC, which have larger schedules.

In the fall the network will move the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged “Arrested Development” from Sundays to Mondays at 8 p.m., followed by the New Line TV/20th Century Fox TV single-camera comedy “Kitchen Confidential” at 8:30 p.m. and the drama “Prison Break” at 9 p.m.

On Tuesdays the 20th Century Fox TV procedural drama “Bones,” starring David Boreanaz, opens the night at 8 p.m., and the 20th legal drama “Head Cases” starring Chris O’Donnell takes the 9 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays.

On Thursdays the Warner Bros. TV drama “Reunion,” which profiles six friends from the present back in time over 20 years to their high school graduation, will air at 9 p.m.

The Sunday comedies “Bernie Mac” and “Malcolm in the Middle” will take over the 8 p.m. hour block on Fridays, followed by Regency TV’s detective drama “The Gate” at 9 p.m.

Saturdays stay the same, while Sundays begin at 7 p.m. with animation repeats, followed by “King of the Hill” at 7:30 p.m., “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m., The Warner Bros. TV live-action family comedy “The War at Home” at 8:30 p.m., “Family Guy” at 9 p.m. and “American Dad” at 9:30 p.m.

Reality series “The Simple Life,” “Trading Spouses” and “Nanny 911” will be on the bench and used as needed throughout the fall and midseason.

Starting in January “House” will air on Mondays at 8 p.m., followed by the midseason launch of “24.” Tuesdays begin at 8 p.m. with “American Idol,” with “Bones” leading out at 9 p.m. On Wednesdays the “Idol” results show will air at 9 p.m., followed by the 20th Century Fox TV single-camera 20-something comedy “The Loop” at 9:30 p.m.

The fall schedule:

  • Monday: “Arrested Development,” “Kitchen Confidential,” “Prison Break”

  • Tuesday: “Bones,” “House”

  • Wednesday: “That ’70s Show,” “Stacked,” “Head Cases”

  • Thursday: “The O.C.,” “Reunion”

  • Friday: “Bernie Mac,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Gate”

  • Saturday: “Cops” (two half-hours), “America’s Most Wanted”

  • Sunday: Animation repeats, “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons,” “The War at Home,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad”

    Schedule starting January:

  • Monday: “House,” “24”

  • Tuesday: “American Idol,” “Bones”

  • Wednesday: “That ’70s Show,” “Stacked,” “American Idol,” “The Loop”

  • Thursday -Sunday: no changes