Fox schedule: Dollhouse lives, Sarah Connor dies, more sci-fi

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Dec 14, 2012

Fox, the number-one network in adults 18-49 for five years running, officially announced the renewal of the ratings-challenged Dollhouse and is making some big scheduling moves next fall, network executives announced during a conference call with journalists about the new fall 2009 schedule.

Fringe, which is the number-one new drama among those 18-49, also got renewed, as expected. The new genre shows Human Target and Past Life were picked up for midseason and will be placed strategically after American Idol.

Also as expected, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled.

Fringe had earned an early pickup, but a move to Thursdays after Bones is a surprise. "We're going to protect our new hits, Fringe and Lie to Me, by pairing them strategically to insure they continue to grow," said Fox's president of entertainment Kevin Reilly in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

As for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, which could only manage 2.8 million viewers and a 1.0 adult demo rating, Reilly said, "This is a bet on Joss Whedon. If you looked at the profile of that show, he has an unbelievably loyal fan base. It did consistently in the live ratings and consistently cued up as one of the biggest time-shifted shows on the air. So we're placing our bet on Joss that he'll keep it going next year."

Dollhouse will remain on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET after new comedy Brothers and returning comedy Til Death.

As for the new shows, the DC Comics graphic-novel-inspired Human Target and the reincarnation drama Past Life both will premiere in midseason. Human Target is getting an especially strong push with a big premiere following the NFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 17, 2010, and then moving into the cushy spot after the American Idol results show on Wednesdays. Past Life will get the best spot on the schedule on Tuesday after American Idol.

Fox also added Family Guy spinoff Cleveland to its Sunday animation block. Below are the new schedules for fall and midseason.

Fox Prime-Time Schedule: Fall 2009
(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM LIE TO ME

TUESDAY
8:00-10:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Performance Show

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Results Show
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

FRIDAY
8:00-8:30 PM BROTHERS
8:30-9:00 PM 'TIL DEATH
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE

SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-Midnight THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (working title)
Midnight-12:30 AM ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES

SUNDAY
7:00-8:00 PM THE OT (NFL post-game)
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

Fox Prime-Time Schedule Midseason 2010
(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM 24

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL Performance Show
9:00-10:00 PM PAST LIFE

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL Results Show
9:00-10:00 PM HUMAN TARGET (January) / GLEE (spring)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

FRIDAY
8:00-8:30 PM BROTHERS
8:30-9:00 PM 'TIL DEATH
9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE

SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED
11:00 PM-Midnight THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (working title)
Midnight-12:30 AM ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION ENCORES
7:30-8:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM SONS OF TUCSON
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW