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Scott D. Pierce: Fox unveils its 2010-11 season

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Fox has more "Glee," less "American Idol" (sort of) and a family drama set 85 million years in the past on tap for the 2010-11 season.


In the fall, break-out hit "Glee" moves up an hour to Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It has already received the prime post-Super Bowl slot for a special episode, then it's off to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in 2011 to complete its second season.

In an intelligent-but-somewhat shocking decision, Fox announced that the "American Idol" results show will be cut to 30 minutes come January. Of course, to offset that the regular performance show on Tuesdays will expand to 90 minutes.

And, yes, sometime during the season the network plans to premiere "Terra Nova," a show that features a family, dinosaurs — and Steven Speilberg behind the scenes.

Here's what Fox's fall will look like:


No changes here in the fall — NFL postgame coverage will air from 6-ish to 7 p.m.; "The Simpsons" at 7 p.m.; "The Cleveland Show" at 7:30 p.m.; "Family Guy" at 8 p.m. and "American Dad" at 8:30 p.m.


"House" returns at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a new drama with a bit of a retro feel.

"Lonestar" (8 p.m.) is a prime-time soap set against the backdrop of big Texas Oil from the producers of "Party of Five." "It's got a little bit of modern-day 'Dallas' in it," said Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly. Newcomer James Wolk stars as "a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can't break free." Jon Voight and David Keith also star.


Fox is planning a comedy night, with "Glee" moving up to 7 p.m. and two new sitcoms.

"Raising Hope" (8 p.m.) is a family drama about a "well-meaning screw-up" (Lucas Neff) who's raising an infant daughter with the help of the "eccentric" family who did a "less than stellar job" of raising him. Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman also star. From the producer of "My Name Is Earl."

"Running Wilde" (8:30 p.m.) is a romantic comedy from the producers of "Arrested Development." Will Arnett stars as a "lovable but immature playboy" who's desperate to win the heart of his childhood sweetheart (Keri Russell), "the über-liberal humanitarian who got away."


Fox has scheduled two returning shows, both new to the night. "Lie to Me," a show that was on the bubble of cancellation and will have a new showrunner in the fall, will air at 7 p.m.; "Hell's Kitchen" moves to 8 p.m.


In a move that's absolutely unprecedented for the network, Fox has made no changes in its Thursday-night lineup. "Bones" returns at 7 p.m., and "Fringe" will be back at 8 p.m.


Fox has traditionally struggled on Fridays, and the latest solution is to pair two shows network execs deem compatible. "Human Target" — another bubble show — moves to 7 p.m. And "The Good Guys," a buddy cop action/comedy that debuts on Wednesday and is scheduled for a summer run, will air at 8 p.m.

"We like it so much we ordered some more," Reilly said.

(Maybe subsequent episodes improve, but Wednesday's premiere is a stinker.)


No surprises here — "Cops" returns at 7 and 7:30 p.m.; "America's Most Wanted" will be back at 8 p.m.


In January, "American Idol" returns on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.; "Raising Hope" moves to Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; a 30-minute "Idol" results show airs at 7:30 p.m.; and "Glee" goes to 8 p.m.

And "Kitchen Nightmares" returns on Fridays at 8 p.m.

Fox also announced five midseason shows — four of which already have slots on the schedule. (Which could, of course, change before they debut.)

"Terra Nova" is a family drama with dinosaurs. In a future where the Earth is nearly spent, an ordinary family travels back in time 85 million years into the past as part of an expedition to save the human race. "This thing is going to be huge," Reilly said. From producers Steven Spielberg, Brannon Braga ("FlashForward," "24") and David Fury ("Buffy," "24").

Because it is so "huge" and has yet to go into production, Fox execs don't know when it will make it on the air.

"Bob's Burgers" is an animated comedy about a man, his "lovable, quirky" family and their floundering burger joint. From the producer of "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist."

In January, it will air on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. "Cleveland" will move to 8:30 p.m., and "American Dad" to 6:30 p.m.

"Ride Along" is a gritty cop drama, shot on location in Chicago, from the producer Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "The Unit"). Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Delroy Lindo star. It will air Mondays at 8 p.m. in the spring.

"Mixed Signals" is a half-hour comedy about three friends who are looking for love but fear commitment. The cast includes Nelson Franklin, David Denman, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira and Alexandra Breckenridge. From producer Bob Fisher ("Wedding Crashers"). It's scheduled to air Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the spring.


Shows Fox cut loose include "Brothers," "Dollhouse," "Past Life," "Sons of Tucson" and " 'Til Death."

The network also axed the Saturday late-night series "The Wanda Sykes Show," and has yet to decide what will replace it.

Fox's fall schedule

New shows are in italics; an asterisk (*) indicates a new night and/or time.


NFL postgame 6 p.m.

Simpsons 7 p.m.

Cleveland Show 7:30 p.m.

Family Guy 8 p.m.

American Dad 8:30 p.m.


House 7 p.m.

Lonestar 8 p.m.


Glee* 7 p.m.

Raising Hope 8 p.m.

Running Wilde 8:30 p.m.


Lie to Me* 7 p.m.

Hell's Kitchen* 8 p.m.


Bones 7 p.m.

Fringe 8 p.m.


Human Target* 7 p.m.

Good Guys 8 p.m.


Cops 7 p.m.

Cops 7:30 p.m.

Most Wanted 8 p.m.

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