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Hey! If You're Excited about the Upcoming Cycle of "American Idol," You're On the Wrong Site, Chief

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 2, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 2, 2011 |

Fox announced the impending mid-season schedule yesterday, and it looks something like this:


Just replace the green brain matter with “American Idol,” which is set to explode in the glass helmet of America.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much “American Idol” there will be, since there are two-hour specials, special nights, results extravaganzas, and very special episodes involving Randy Jackson and sh*tload of lubricant. What we do know is that it will predominantly air on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Meanwhile, “Glee” will be back on January 17th (dontcare), but only until March, at which point it will be replaced on the schedule by reruns of “The New Girl” followed by the return of Christian Slater’s “Breaking In,” which was cancelled and then resurrected (and it’s a fantastic show, so seek it out). Then “Glee” will eventually come out to torture those of you who continue to stick with it. New episodes of “The New Girl” and “Raising Hope” will continue to air in their usual 9 and 9:30 spots, except when Fox airs “Steven Tyler’s ‘American Idol’ Special: How Much Can One Man Fit Into His Mouth,” which will be 6 minutes long surrounded by 54 minutes of commercials and teasers.

Fridays will also remain the same: “Kitchen Nightmares” followed by the final season of “Fringe.”

What’s new? On Thursdays, “Bones” takes a hike for the winter, set to be replaced by the “Bones” spin-off, “The Finder,” until it runs its course and then “Bones” will come back in the Spring. Meanwhile, on Mondays, “Alcatraz” replaces “Terra Nova,” where it will run a few months and be replaced by “Touch,” in March. Tim Kring’s (“Heroes”) “Touch” stars Keifer Sutherland as a widower and single dad who discovers that his 11-year-old mute son possesses the ability to see things no one else can.

As for Sunday nights: Don’t ask me to keep up with their animated block. All I know is that “Napoleon Dynamite” the animated series will premiere on January 15th and presumably run until Seth MacFarlane comes up with another grand idea.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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