Fox Sets Debut Dates For ‘The Finder,’ ‘Touch’ And ‘Alcatraz’

The network unveils its 2012 midseason schedule, including the second season of "Breaking In."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Although Fox's lineup of new series was relatively sparse of new dramas during the fall, that won't be the case this midseason.

Fox has officially announced its 2012 midseason schedule, including three new dramas. With "Terra Nova" wrapping up its season this month, Monday nights will gain the new time-travel drama, "Alcatraz" beginning on January 16, 2012 with a two hour episode. "Alcatraz" will then settle into its 9PM timeslot on Mondays until its two hour season finale on Monday March 12.

Seven days later on March 19, Kiefer Sutherland will return to Fox in "Touch," which will take over the Monday 9PM timeslot formerly held by "24." On Thursdays, "The Finder" will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 9PM, taking over the "Bones" timeslot until that series resumes in the spring. "The Finder" will also get a coveted post "American Idol" results show timeslot.

In comedy, the animated "Napoleon Dynamite" series will bow on Sunday, January 29 at 8:30PM until March 11 when the second season of "Bob's Burgers" premieres in its place. The improbably renewed comedy, "Breaking In" will settle into Fox's new two comedy block on Tuesday nights beginning March 06, 2012 during a hiatus for "Glee." However, Fox only has three original comedies for that night, so old episodes of "New Girl" will kick off the night at 8PM while original episodes air at 9PM.


For the full lineup of Fox's midseason schedule, click over to the next page. 

 


FOX 2012 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE:

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 16

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

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)

Beginning March 19

8:00-9:00 PM              HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM            TOUCH (Series Premiere)

 

TUESDAY

Beginning Jan. 17

8:00-9:00 PM              GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM            RAISING HOPE

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


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)

Beginning Feb. 1

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM            MOBBED

Beginning Feb. 15

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


THURSDAY
 

Thursday, Jan. 12

8:00-9:00 PM              BONES (encore)
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FINDER (Series Premiere)

Beginning Jan. 19

8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9:00-10:00 PM            THE FINDER


FRIDAY
 

Friday, Jan. 6

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

Beginning Jan. 13

8:00-9:00 PM              KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM            FRINGE

 

SATURDAY


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


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)

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

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