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Scott D. Pierce: TV: Fox, NBC revamp slates

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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. Really.

Breakout hit "Glee" moves to Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It'll air a special post-Super Bowl episode, then it's off to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in 2011.

In an intelligent-but-shocking decision, Fox announced that the "American Idol" results show will be cut to 30 minutes in 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 Spielberg behind the scenes.

NEWS SHOWS: "Lonestar" (Mondays, 8 p.m.) is a prime-time soap set against the backdrop of big Texas Oil.

"Raising Hope" (Tuesdays, 8 p.m.) is a family drama about a "well-meaning screw-up" who's raising an infant daughter with the help of the "eccentric" family who did a "less than stellar job" of raising him.

"Running Wilde" (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.) is a romantic comedy about a playboy (Will Arnett) desperate to win the heart of his childhood sweetheart (Keri Russell). From the producers of "Arrested Development."

"The Good Guys" (Fridays, 8 p.m.), the buddy cop action/comedy that debuts Wednesday will extend a summer run into the fall.

MIDSEASON SHOWS: "American Idol" and "Kitchen Nightmares" return in January, and Fox announced four new backups:

"Terra Nova" is about a future where the Earth is nearly spent, so an ordinary family travels back in time 85 million years as part of an expedition to save the human race; "Bob's Burgers" is an animated comedy about a man, his "lovable, quirky" family and their floundering burger joint; "Ride Along" is a gritty cop drama, shot on location in Chicago; "Mixed Signals" is a half-hour comedy about three friends who are looking for love but fear commitment.

CANCELED SHOWS: "Brothers," "Dollhouse," "Past Life," "Sons of Tucson" and " 'Til Death."

NBC, still trying to rebuild from the wreckage of the failed Jay Leno-in-prime-time experiment, has announced a fall schedule that features seven new shows, a slew of backup series and changes on five nights of the week.

Tellingly, four of the five hours once occupied by "The Jay Leno Show" will be filled with new hourlong dramas — a format declared all but dead a year ago by NBC.

NEW SHOWS: "The Event" (Mondays, 8 p.m.) is a conspiracy thriller about a regular guy whose fiancée disappears, and his search exposes "the biggest cover-up in U.S. history."

"Chase" (Mondays, 9 p.m.), from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI"), is about a team of U.S. marshals who hunt "America's most dangerous fugitives."

"Undercovers" (Wednesdays, 7 p.m.), from producer J.J. Abrams, is an action/romance/comedy about a married couple who are CIA agents.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" (Wednesdays, 9 p.m.) is, yes, a new "Law & Order" set in Los Angeles. No casting has been announced.

"Outsourced" (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.) is a comedy about an American company whose call center has been outsourced to India. Todd is dispatched to India to run the operation and has to give his staff "a crash course in all things American."

"Love Bites" (Thursdays, 9 p.m.) is a romantic comedy anthology about three "loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating" that features "the last two single girls standing after all their friends got married."

"School Pride" (Fridays, 7 p.m.) is a "proactive" reality show that "tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools."

"Outlaw" (Fridays, 9 p.m.), oddly enough, comes from ex-"Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien's production company. Jimmy Smits stars a Supreme Court justice who quits to return to private practice.

MIDSEASON REPLACEMENTS: "Parks and Recreation," "The Marriage Ref" and "Friday Night Lights," will return eventually, along with five new shows:

"The Cape" is a drama about a cop framed for murder who assumes the identity of his son's favorite comic-book hero; "Harry's Law" is a legal drama about three attorneys who open a law practice in a rundown shoe store; "Perfect Couples" is a comedy about three couples struggling "to find what makes the ideal relationship"; "The Paul Reiser Show" is a comedy that stars Paul Reiser as Paul Reiser, and "Friends With Benefits" is a comedy about 20-somethings looking for love.

CANCELED SHOWS: "Law & Order," "Mercy" and "Trauma." "Heroes" is out, but there may be a two-hour movie to wrap up the narrative.

NBC's fall schedule

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


NFL football 6 p.m.


Chuck 7 p.m.

The Event8 p.m.

Chase9 p.m.


Biggest Loser 7 p.m.

Parenthood 9 p.m.


Undercovers7 p.m.

Law & Order: SVU8 p.m.

L&O: Los Angeles9 p.m.


Community 7 p.m.

30 Rock* 7:30 p.m.

The Office 8 p.m.

Outsourced8:30 p.m.

Love Bites9 p.m.


School Pride7 p.m.

Dateline 8 p.m.

Outlaw9 p.m.


Repeats 7 p.m.

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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