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FOX Announces Premiere Dates for 'American Idol', 'Touch' and' 'The Following'

October 25, 2012 (7:37 am) GMT
The veteran singing competition will kick off its twelfth installment on January 16, 2013, while the Kevin Bacon-starring new thriller series will debut January 21.

FOX has set a premiere date for the highly-anticipated season 12 of "". The reality series, which has recently grabbed the headlines due to a feud between its female judges and , will return with a two-night event on January 16 and 17, 2013.

In addition to the wife of and the Harajuku Barbie, the new installment of the singing competition has joining in the judging panel. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the network's reality chief Mike Darnell defended the line-up, "Part of the complaints we've had over the last several years, even though we've had some really good judges, is that they all agree. So we sought to get a group that would have diverse opinions."

He further gushed, "The banter is amazing. It's fun, funny, energetic; there's almost never a lull -- there's cross-talk. There's everything you want. To get that, we have a very opinionated, passionate group, so there has been some drama."

Later on January 21, FOX will launch its new scripted series "". Coming from "" executive producer Kevin Williamson, the thriller stars as an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers, when a diabolical serial killer () uses special technology to create them.

Also in winter, starrer "" will return with its second season on Fridays at 9 P.M. starting February 1, replacing "" which is currently airing its final season. The show adds more stars in its cast ensemble including , , Said Taghmaoui as well as Saxon Sharbino.

Still not announced by FOX is the premiere date of new comedy "".

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