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Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Fox unveils more midseason programing plans


On “Bones,” Brennan and Booth adjust to life as an expectant couple. (Beth Dubber)
Fox announced more midseason plans on Friday. Among the things we learned:

* The date for “Bones’s” return to the lineup.

* Who Died and Made Gordon Ramsay King? – okay, that one’s a question.

* When the countdown officially begins for the end of “House.”

* When “Glee” begins its graduation purge.

* If Fox calls “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” a “fan favorite” often enough, its execs believe you will be tricked into watching it.

* “Touch” really is a series.

Here are the details:

 

“BONES” PREPARES FOR A MOTHER OF A RETURN

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

 

GORDON RAMSAY’S “HOTEL HELL” OPENS DOORS FRIDAY, APRIL 6

 

Tuesday Half-Hour Comedy Block Launches March 6;

BOB’S BURGERS Opens for Business Sunday, March 11;

TOUCH World Premieres Monday, March 19;

Countdown to Last HOUSE Diagnosis Begins Monday, April 2;

GLEE Gets Ready for Graduation Starting Tuesday, April 10

 

FOX is announcing April launch dates for the return of BONES and the debut of HOTEL HELL.

 

On Thursday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), BONES returns with an expectant Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) at odds over plans for the upcoming birth of their daughter. Meanwhile, a neighborhood is on edge when remains are found in the sewer, clogging up local plumbing lines.

 

After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the world’s top hotels, Gordon Ramsay knows firsthand the crucial importance of surpassing guests’ highest expectations. In HOTEL HELL premiering Friday, April 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Ramsay will travel across the country to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts. To come to grips with the problems, Ramsay will endure hotels at their worst – from filthy bedrooms and mold-ridden bathrooms to dreadful room service and incompetent staff – all so you don't have to. After he has uncovered the issues, Ramsay will put the hotel owners and employees to work as he attempts to turn around these failing establishments. With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can’t meet Ramsay’s high standards, they will never check out of HOTEL HELL.

 

As previously announced, the second season of BREAKING IN debuts Tuesday, March 6 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), as part of a new block of four half-hour comedies including all-new episodes of RAISING HOPE (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). RAISING HOPE kicks off the night with an all-new episode in which the citizens of Natesville, including a surprise guest star, “occupy” their hometown. On I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Nikki (Katie Finneran) and Annie (Jaime Pressly) attend a night school class taught by guest star Mark Consuelos (“All My Children”) who, in the first of a two-episode arc, becomes a potential romantic interest for Annie. Then on NEW GIRL, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) accidentally hurts Nick (Jake Johnson) during a touch football game, which leads to some unexpected complications. Finally, on the season premiere of BREAKING IN, Oz (Christian Slater) and the staff of Contra Security find themselves working for the Mann – Veronica Mann (Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally) – when Oz must sell the company to a national conglomerate.

 

BOB’S BURGERS returns to the ANIMATION DOMINATION® menu for Season Two on Sunday, March 11 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) with an all-new episode in which the kids hunt for treasure in an abandoned taffy factory and Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) must find them before the factory’s scheduled demolition. TOUCH, the distinctive new drama created by Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and starring Kiefer Sutherland (“24”), will world premiere Monday, March 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), with an encore of the preview airing Monday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

All-new episodes of fan-favorite series rejoin the schedule in April. Beginning Monday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Dr. House and the Princeton Plainsboro team return for eight all-new episodes leading to the HOUSE series finale on Monday, May 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). After its run during the Tuesday comedy block, I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER moves to Wednesdays, starting April 4 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) following 90-minute AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) performance shows. Beginning Tuesday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), GLEE leads off a night of FOX comedies with an all-new episode featuring Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) as Blaine Anderson’s (Darren Criss) older brother Cooper, followed by all-new installments of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

The FOX spring schedule including winter finale dates is below.  Additional premiere dates to be announced.

 

 

FOX 2012 SPRING SCHEDULE

(Times for All-New episodes are ET/PT except as noted)

 

MONDAY

Monday, March 5:

8:00-10:00 PM            ALCATRAZ (Special Two-Hour Episode)

 

Monday, March 12:

8:00-9:00 PM              ALCATRAZ

9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (“Pilot” encore)

 

Monday, March 19:

8:00-9:00 PM              ALCATRAZ

9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (Series Premiere)

 

Monday, March 26:

8:00-9:00 PM              ALCATRAZ (Season Finale)

9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH

 

Mondays, beginning April 2:

8:00-9:00 PM              HOUSE

9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH

 

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TUESDAY

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

8:00-9:00 PM              GLEE (Winter Finale)

9:00-9:31 PM              NEW GIRL

9:31-10:00 PM            RAISING HOPE

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Special Broadcast)

 

Tuesdays, beginning March 6:

8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE (Time Period Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM              I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (Spring Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM            BREAKING IN (Season Two Premiere)

 

Tuesdays, beginning April 10:

8:00-8:30 PM              GLEE (Spring Premiere)

9:00-9:31 PM              NEW GIRL

9:31-10:00 PM            RAISING HOPE

 

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesdays, beginning April 4:

8:00-9:30 PM              AMERICAN IDOL

9:30-10:00 PM            I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (Time Period Premiere)

 

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THURSDAY

Thursday, March 1:

8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Episode)

 

Thursdays, beginning March 8:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM            THE FINDER

 

Thursday, March 29:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM            THE FINDER (Spring Finale)

 

Thursdays, beginning April 5:

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL

9:00-10:00 PM            BONES (Spring Premiere)

 

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FRIDAY

Fridays, beginning March 2:

8:00-10:00 PM            KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (two-hour encores for three weeks)

 

Fridays, beginning March 23:

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

 

Friday, March 30:

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Finale)

9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

 

Fridays, beginning April 6:

8:00-9:00 PM              HOTEL HELL (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

 

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SATURDAY

Saturday, April 21:

8:00-10:00 PM            AMW: WORLD’S MOST WANTED SPECIAL EDITION

11:00 PM-Midnight     ALCATRAZ (encore)

Midnight-12:30 AM     NEW GIRL (encore)

 

 

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SUNDAY

 

Sunday, March 4:

7:00-7:30 PM              BOB’S BURGERS (encore)

7:30-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM              NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Season Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

 

Sundays, beginning March 11:

7:00-7:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS (encores)

7:30-8:00 PM              THE CLEVELAND SHOW

8:00-8:30 PM              THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM              BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM              FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM            AMERICAN DAD

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