‘American Idol,’ ‘Touch,’ ‘Alcatraz’ Premiere Dates Announced by Fox

By Tim Kenneally

Fox announced its midseason premiere dates for the 2011-2012 season Thursday, revealing when audience favorites will return and new offerings will make their bow.

Among the notable premieres: “American Idol” will be back for its 11th season with a two-part premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19, with a special episode airing after the NFC Championship Game.

On the new series front, the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Touch” will get a preview on Jan. 25, with its proper premiere landing on March 19. The J.J. Abrams drama “Alcatraz” makes its debut on Monday, Jan. 16.

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Read below for the full schedule.

FOX 2011-2012 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE

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

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 16:

8:00-10:00 PM “ALCATRAZ” (Series Premiere)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 23:

8:00-9:00 PM “HOUSE” (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM “ALCATRAZ” (Time Period Premiere)

Monday, March 12:

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

Mondays, beginning March 19:

8:00-9:00 PM “HOUSE”

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

Tuesdays, beginning March 6:

8:00-8:30 PM “NEW GIRL” (encore)

8:30-9:00 PM “BREAKING IN” (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM “NEW GIRL”

9:30-10:00 PM “RAISING HOPE

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

8:00-9:00 PM “GLEE” (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM “MOBBED”

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

8:00-9:00 PM “MOBBED” (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM “MOBBED”

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

8:00-10:00 PM “AMERICAN IDOL” (Season Premiere, Part One)

Wednesday, Jan. 25:

8:00-9:00 PM “AMERICAN IDOL”

9:00-10:00 PM “TOUCH” (Special Preview)

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 1:

8:00-9:00 PM “AMERICAN IDOL”

9:00-10:00 PM “MOBBED”

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 15:

8:00-10:00 PM “AMERICAN IDOL” (Two-Hour Episodes)

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THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 12:

8:00-9:00 PM “BONES” (encore)

9:00-10:00 PM “THE FINDER” (Series Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 19:

8:00-9:00 PM “AMERICAN IDOL” (Season Premiere, Part Two)

9:00-10:00 PM “THE FINDER”

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FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 6:

8:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: 2012 AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC (Live)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 13:

8:00-9:00 PM “KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

9:00-10:00 PM “FRINGE

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SATURDAY

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 7:

8:00-8:30 PM “COPS”

8:30-9:00 PM “COPS”

9:00-10:00 PM DRAMA ENCORES

11:00 PM-Midnight ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 AM ENCORES

Saturday, Feb. 11:

8:00-10:00 PM “AMERICA’S MOST WANTED” SPECIAL EDITION

11:00 PM-Midnight ENCORES

Midnight-12:30 AM ENCORES

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SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 8:

7:00-7:30 PM “BOB’S BURGERS” (encore)

7:30-8:00 PM “THE CLEVELAND SHOW” (encore)

8:00-8:30 PM “THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM “THE CLEVELAND SHOW”

9:00-9:30 PM “FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM “AMERICAN DAD

Sunday, Jan. 15:

8:00-8:30 PM “THE SIMPSONS”

8:30-9:00 PM “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM “FAMILY GUY”

9:30-10:00 PM “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” (Special Time)

Sunday, Jan. 22:

6:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS SPECIAL: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)

10:00 PM ET/ “AMERICAN IDOL” (Special Broadcast; Approximate Start Time)

7:00 PT

Sundays, beginning Jan. 29:

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”

9:00-9:30 PM “FAMILY GUY”

9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD

Sundays, beginning March 11:

7:00-7:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION 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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