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FOX Midseason Schedule: 'American Idol' and 'Fringe' Moved

November 20, 2010 (6:31 am) GMT
At the same time, it looks like 'The Good Guys' and 'Running Wilde' are heading for cancellation for their slots have been given to newbies.
FOX Midseason Schedule: 'American Idol' and 'Fringe' Moved

FOX announced its mid-season schedule where a major change has been made. Instead of occupying the usual Tuesday and Wednesday slot, "" is shifted to Wednesday and Thursday because the competition has moved and "" no longer needs a protection.

"We have been looking at Thursday for a long time," the network's reality chief Mike Darnell said. "It is a tough nut to crack, and if you want to crack it, you have to make a big move there." FOX was first hesitant with the move to Thursday because CBS' "" was there. But since the reality show is now on Wednesdays, "Idol" is gaining a little room for rating. "Now we can own Thursday," Darnell added.

Another contributing factor is the fact that "Glee" has become such a juggernaut for FOX that it no longer needs the lead-in from "Idol". " 'Glee' doesn't need the protection, and we also have the making of comedy block with '' taking root on Tuesdays," FOX's entertainment president Kevin Reilly said.

Another move is made for "". The sci-fi series is now placed on Fridays where usually a scripted series is not going to thrive. However, Reilly is confident with the show's performance, especially when it's paired with solid performer "". He reasoned, "Fringe has a very particular, loyal audience."

Meanwhile, "" and "" are no longer in the picture although they are not officially canceled. Reilly confirmed that these two will not be given more episodes order. To fill the void, FOX is ready to premiere "", "", "Million Dollar Dollar Drop" and "Mixed Signals".

FOX 2011 Midseason Schedule:

Monday, Jan. 10:

Mondays, Jan. 17: Mondays, beginning Feb. 7 Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 4: Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8: Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 12: Wednesday, Jan. 19: Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 26: Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 16: Wednesdays, beginning April 6: Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6: Thursdays, beginning Jan. 20: Friday, Jan. 21: Fridays, beginning Jan. 28: Sunday, Jan. 9: Sunday, Jan. 16 and 23: Sunday, Jan. 30: Sunday, Feb. 6:

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