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FOX Announces Midseason Schedule, Sticks "Dollhouse" in Friday Attic

After weeks of anticipation, FOX has announced its midseason schedule for winter 2008/09.

Among the winners? Fringe, which gets the highly prized post-American Idol timeslot on Tuesdays, and new drama Lie to Me, which gets a Wednesday night timeslot also following American Idol. Among the losers? Genre series Dollhouse--from creator Joss Whedon--and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which get shipped out to timeslot Siberia, namely Friday nights. (Ouch.)

While many Whedon fans are already up in arms about what they perceive as a slight against Dollhouse, I can say that I am not at all surprised that FOX has chosen to ship the creatively struggling Dollhouse and ratings-starved Sarah Connor to Friday nights. Having seen the first two episodes of Dollhouse (and failing to be very impressed despite being a die-hard Whedon-ite), it makes sense that FOX would try to minimize any expectations and put Dollhouse on an evening where ratings are slim to begin with.

However, one can't help but be reminded of the decision to move Dollhouse to Friday evenings of FOX's programming decision a few years back when it placed Whedon's own Firefly in the very same timeslot. A self-fulfilling prophecy? That remains to be seen. But fans shouldn't get too comfortable when Dollhouse kicks off on February 13th.

FOX's full midseason schedule can be found after the jump.

FOX MIDSEASON SCHEDULE

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 5th:
7:30 pm-CC ET: TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (LIVE)

Monday, Jan. 12th:
8-10 pm: 24 (Season Seven Premiere, Part 2)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 19th:
8-9 pm: House (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 pm: 24 (Time Period Premiere)

TUESDAY

Tuesday, Jan. 13th:
8-10 pm: American Idol (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 20th:
8-9 pm:
American Idol (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 pm: Fringe

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 14th:
8-10 pm:
American Idol (Season Premiere, Part 2)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 21st:
8-9 pm:
American Idol (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 pm: Lie to Me (Series Premiere)

THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 1st:
7:30 pm-CC ET: FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (LIVE)

Thursday, Jan. 8th:
7:30 pm-CC ET: FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LIVE)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 15th:
8-9 pm: Bones (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 pm: Kitchen Nightmares

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 29th:
8-9 pm: Bones
9-10 pm: Hell's Kitchen (Season Premiere)

FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 2nd:
7:30 pm-CC ET: ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (LIVE)

Friday, Jan. 9th:
8-10 pm: FOX MOVIE SPECIAL: BRUCE ALMIGHTY

Fridays, beginning Jan. 16th (no change to lineup):

8-9 pm: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
9-10 pm: Don't Forget the Lyrics!

Fridays, beginning Feb. 13th:
8-9 pm: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Time Period Premiere)
9-10 pm: Dollhouse (Series Premiere)

SATURDAY

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 3rd (no change to lineup):
8-8:30 pm: COPS
8:30-9 pm: COPS
9-10 pm: America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back
11-Midnight: MADtv
Midnight-12:30 am: Talkshow with Spike Feresten

SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 11th:
8-10 pm: 24 (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Sundays, beginning Jan. 18th:
7-7:30 pm: Hole in the Wall (Time Period Premiere)
7:30-8 pm:
Hole in the Wall (Time Period Premiere)
8-10 pm: ANIMATION DOMINATION (The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad)

[N.B.: Prison Break and 'Til Death will return to the schedule at a later date.]

Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
...And the DeathWatch begins. I give it two eps before Fox cancels it.
Page48 said…
You mean the 'House isn't rockin?

If "Dollhouse" is as underwhelming as JJ's "Fringe", we'll have to re-evaluate these two boy geniuses. As far as I'm concerned, they could just re-boot "Firefly".
Anonymous said…
I also wanted to like Dollhouse but was bored stiff by the first ep. I get why Joss loves Eliza but I didn't think she did a good job acting here and she definitely lacks real range. The whole thing left me cold and it's hard to relate to Echo at all. Plus I don't get what they are doing with Paul who seems to be in a different show all together. Not good.
Anonymous said…
I am also a huge Whedon fan but am very concerned about Dollhouse not living up to expectations. I saw the first ep and just thought it was okay. Sounds like the second one isn't much better. Bummer.
CL said…
Jace, what happened? I remember you saying you read the script for the pilot episode and loved it. I know there have been changes (and that it is now the second ep), but was it really that different from the script?
Jace Lacob said…
Hi Chris, I did love the pilot script with all of my heart and thought it had loads of potential. Unfortunately, what was produced didn't quite live up to those expectations and a lot was lost in the translation. I can't really say more without getting in loads of trouble from the network but there's one thing in your statement above that isn't quite true. Or true at all. That's all I'll say on the subject... until after Episode Two airs.

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