Featuring host Ryan Seacrest, a new judging panel, including Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson returning as the new in-house mentor, American Idol XIII begins with an exciting two-night, four-hour premiere Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Following the season finale of Sleepy Hollow at a special time on Monday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), last season's No. 1 new series The Following (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) begins its 15-week uninterrupted second season. Created by Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson's Creek, the Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (X-Men: The Last Stand, Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (Rome), Season 2 catches up with Ryan Hardy (Bacon), in the wake of a horrific new murder spree, which furthers his suspicion that Joe Carroll's (Purefoy) reign of terror is far from over. The series also stars Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men franchise) and Valorie Curry (Veronica Mars), and joining the cast this season are Connie Nielsen (Boss, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Jessica Stroup (90210), Sam Underwood (Dexter) and Tiffany Boone (Beautiful Creatures).
Bold new legal drama Rake debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Thursday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Making his broadcast television series debut, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, The Kennedys) plays a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 11 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), Animation Domination High-Def will feature Lucas Brown Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable. In Lucas Brown Moving Co., the stand-up comedy of New York-based identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas (The Lucas Brothers) gets animated. The twins run a moving company, and no matter what happens around them, they always remain totally, bizarrely unfazed. Golan the Insatiable is the story of a mighty godlord from an alternate universe who arrives in the small town of Oak Grove, where his only friend is a 10-year-old goth girl named Dylan. As previously announced, on Saturday, Nov. 23 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), as part of a special Animation Domination High-Def lineup, Lucas Brown Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable will preview, prior to their January launch.
As previously announced, new Army-set comedy Enlisted debuts Friday, Jan. 10 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs) and starring Geoff Stults (The Finder), Chris Lowell (Private Practice, Veronica Mars) and Parker Young (Suburgatory), Enlisted is a single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army post.
This spring, new comedies Surviving Jack and Us & Them will debut on Fox; series premiere dates to be announced. From Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) and set in 1990s Southern California, Surviving Jack stars Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as a man becoming a dad, as his son (Connor Buckley, Deception) becomes a man, in a time before "coming of age" was something you could Google. Surviving Jack is set to air on Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) for eight weeks, following American Idol (8:00-8:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) results shows. New ensemble comedy Us & Them will also join the schedule in the spring. Starring Emmy Award nominee Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Alexis Bledel (Mad Men, Gilmore Girls), and based on an award-winning BBC series, the series follows a young couple, whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.
Fox Series and Season Premiere Dates
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)
Friday, Jan. 10:
- 9:30-10:00 PM Enlisted (Series Premiere)
Saturday, Jan. 11:
- 11:00 PM-Midnight Animation Domination High-Def, featuring Lucas Brown Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable
Wednesday, Jan. 15:
- 8:00-10:00 PM American Idol (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Jan. 16:
- 8:00-10:00 PM American Idol (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Sunday, Jan. 19:
- 6:00-10:00 PM ET NFC Championship Game (Live)
- 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT Rake (Series Premiere, Night One)
Monday, Jan. 20:
- 8:00-9:00 PM Sleepy Hollow (Season Finale; Special Time)
- 9:00-10:00 PM The Following (Season Premiere)
Thursday, Jan. 23:
- 8:00-9:00 PM American Idol (Time Period Premiere)
- 9:00-10:00 PM Rake (Series Premiere, Night Two / Time Period Premiere)
[EDITOR'S NOTE 1: Glee returns in spring 2014.]
[EDITOR'S NOTE 2: Additional January and spring schedule details to be announced.]