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Fox Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule

The network adds three new comedies and two new dramas to slate. Glee moves to Thursdays following The X Factor.

Peter Rice, chairman, entertainment, Fox Networks Group; and Kevin Reilly, president, dntertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co., today unveiled the Fox primetime schedule for the 2012-13 television season to the national advertising community during its annual programming presentation in New York.

This fall, two new half-hour comedies — The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate — will join Raising Hope and New Girl on an all-new Tuesday night comedy block. Created by Emmy-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (The Office) and starring Kaling, Chris Messina (Damages), Anna Camp (The Good Wife) and newcomer Ed Weeks, The Mindy Project features Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.

Ben and Kate, a new sibling comedy created by Dana Fox (What Happens In Vegas) and directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher), also debuts Tuesdays this fall. Starring newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher, Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of The Descendants), the comedy follows a pair of odd-couple siblings — one, an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant kid-at-heart — and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.

New drama The Mob Doctor will debut this fall. Executive-produced by Josh Berman (Bones, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Rob Wright (Crossing Jordan), the character drama stars Jordana Spiro (My Boys) as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon caught in a complex web between her promising medical career and her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob.

Thriller The Following, created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning Kevin Bacon (X-Men, Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (Rome), premieres in midseason. The drama follows an ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called out of retirement to track down a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy), the mastermind behind a nationwide string of murders.

The Goodwin Games, a new comedy from the executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, is slated for midseason. Starring Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and Jake Lacy (Better With You), the family comedy tells the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest star Beau Bridges, The Descendants), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million — if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s trivial wishes.

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It was also announced that Glee will move this fall to Thursdays (9-10 p.m.), following all-new installments of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor (8-9). The X Factor returns for season two with two new judges, who will join Cowell and L.A. Reid.

Following is the Fox 2012-13 primetime schedule (all times ET/PT):

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES    

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE MOB DOCTOR (new)

THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.                                  

TUESDAY

8:00-8:30 PM                          RAISING HOPE

8:30-9:00 PM                          BEN AND KATE (new)

9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (new)

THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason. 

WEDNESDAY

8:00-10:00 PM                        THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)                  

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          THE X FACTOR Results (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)

9:00-10:00 PM                        GLEE                   

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          TOUCH

9:00-10:00 PM                        FRINGE (fall)

HELL’S KITCHEN returns in midseason.  

SATURDAY

7:00-10:30 PM                        FOX SPORTS SATURDAY (fall)

COPS returns in midseason.

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (new) will join late-prime in 2013.

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 PM                          NFL Game (fall) / ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)

7:30-8:00 PM                          THE OT (fall) / THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN DAD


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