FansofRealityTV.com – Calm down, everybody, it's official. AMERICAN IDOL is not going anywhere. Peter Liguori, President of Entertainment for FOX, announced in a press release this week that the Number 1 show in television will return for spring of 2006 in its same Tuesday/Wednesday time periods, despite much talk that it might move the results show to Thursdays in order to usurp the old "Must See TV" crown and grab more ad revenue.
"With all of the speculation and rumor, it's great to finally announce the premiere of the second half of our season," Liguori said. "It takes discipline to hold back 24 and AMERICAN IDOL, but doing so allows us to strengthen our schedule across the week and to give our viewers nonstop excitement from January through May." He added: "I'm also pleased to announce that we're bringing back PRISON BREAK earlier than planned because fans are demanding it and because it's a fantastic companion for 24. All of this necessitates some other moves, but we're keeping HOUSE behind the IDOL performance show, where it performed so successfully last year."
Season 5 of AMERICAN IDOL' will take off next spring with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and a one-hour episode on Wednesday, Jan. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) leading the premiere of new reality fiasco SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES (9:00-10:00 PM). For the full mid-season schedule, see below:
FOX MID-SEASON SCHEDULE (All times ET/PT):
8:00-9:00 PM SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES (as of Jan. 23)
PRISON BREAK (returns with fall finale encore on March 13 and all originals beginning March 20)
9:00-10:00 PM 24 (premieres Jan. 15 & 16, all originals all season)
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (premieres Jan. 17)
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL Audition Episodes (premieres Jan. 18)
9:00-10:00 PM BONES (as of Jan. 25)
8:00-9:00 PM THE O.C.
9:00-9:30 PM THAT '70s SHOW (as of March 2)
9:30-10:00 PM STACKED (as of March 2)
8:00-8:30 PM THE BERNIE MAC SHOW
8:30-9:00 PM MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
9:00-10:00 PM TRADING SPOUSES: MEET YOUR NEW MOMMY (as of Jan. 6)
[EDITOR'S NOTE: KILLER INSTINCT will have its last airing Dec. 2.]
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK
11:00 PM-12:00 AM MADtv
SUNDAYS 7:00-7:30 PM FOX COMEDY WHEEL (Encores of FOX comedies)
7:30-8:00 PM KING OF THE HILL
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM THE WAR AT HOME
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
Great, now that that's all sorted, where the hell is ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL? Damn you, FOX!