FOX Rolls Out Fall Schedule A Little Early

FOX will start rolling out its fall schedule just a little ahead of the official start of the 2009-10 season, giving shows like Bones, Fringe, Glee and Dollhouse at least one episode before the crush of premieres in late September.

The first-ever fall run of So You Think You Can Dance and Glee will kick off the network’s season on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (OK, technically, FOX’s first premieres are Cops and America’s Most Wanted on Saturday, Sept. 12, but even the network press release cites the Wednesday lineup as the starting point.) Bones and Fringe follow on Thursday, Sept. 17, while “Dollhouse” and comedies Brothers and ‘Til Death join in Friday, Sept. 18.

Also of note: The season premiere of House, where we’ll presumably discover what happened after House (Hugh Laurie) checked himself into a psychiatric facility, will run two hours on Monday, Sept. 21. Its Monday-night companion for the fall, Lie to Me, will debut the following week. The Sunday-night animation block, including newcomer The Cleveland Show, premieres Sept. 27, and Wanda Sykes’ new late-night show bows Saturday, Nov. 7.

FOX also has several shows in reserve for midseason: 24 and American Idol, of course, along with newcomers Past Life, Human Target and Sons of Tucson.

Here’s the full rundown of FOX’s fall premieres (all times Eastern):

Saturday, Sept. 12
8 p.m. Cops
9 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Wednesday, Sept. 16
8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance
9 p.m. Glee

Thursday, Sept. 17
8 p.m. Bones
9 p.m. Fringe

Friday, Sept. 18
8 p.m. Brothers
8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death
9 p.m. Dollhouse

Monday, Sept. 21
8 p.m. House (two hours)

Sunday, Sept. 27
8 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show
9 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. American Dad

Monday, Sept. 28
9 p.m. Lie to Me

Tuesday, Sept. 29
9 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (time period premiere)

Tuesday, Oct. 27
8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (performance shows expand to two hours)

Saturday, Nov. 7
11 p.m. The Wanda Sykes Show

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