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Net to unveil year-round sked, 'Guy' return

Peter, Stewie and the rest of the “Family Guy” clan will make their primetime return on Fox in June 2005.

As she unveils her programming plans for the next season today, Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman will also announce that the net will exercise its option to air the new episodes of the animated laffer being produced by 20th Century Fox TV (Daily Variety, March 25). Net hadn’t committed to airing the segs until now, though given the skein’s phenomenal success on DVD, it always seemed likely it would do so.

New episodes will air first on Fox, then on Cartoon Network a few days later.

Another animated laffer from the “Family Guy” team — the politically tinged “American Dad” — will also bow on Fox early next year, airing Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

In other toon news, Fox will announce plans to air a special episode of “The Simpsons” as part of its post-Super Bowl programming in February.

Fox’s upfront presentation will be unlike any other upfront since Berman will walk advertisers through a full yearlong programming strategy.

Net’s already announced its summer plans, and parts of its post-baseball November and January skeds started leaking out Tuesday. While some details were still being hammered out late Wednesday, here’s a night-by-night look at how Fox’s lineup should evolve once the summer ends:

MONDAY: It seems likely “24” will shift to 9 p.m. starting in January. In the fall, summer skein “North Shore” continues at 8, likely followed by reality (perhaps “The Swan”).

TUESDAY: In the fall, look for Richard Branson in “The Billionaire,” followed by medical drama “House” in November. “American Idol” returns at 8 p.m. in January.

WEDNESDAY: “That ’70s Show,” “Quints” and “Method & Red” stay in their summer timeslots of 8, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. In the fall, “Bernie Mac” bows at 9.

Once “Idol” returns in January, “Quints” gives way to “Related by Family” at 8:30 p.m. and the “Idol” results show shifts to 9 (Daily Variety, May 19). “Bernie” slides to 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: “The OC” and “Tru Calling” air at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively, from November through June.

FRIDAY: Boxing reality skein “The Next Great Champ” will air Fridays at 8 p.m. in November, with “The Jury” shifting to 9. Come January, look for dramas “The Inside” and “Jonny Zero.”

SATURDAY: “Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted” return.

SUNDAY: In the fall, “King of the Hill” moves (again) to 7 p.m., followed by “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Simpsons” and “Arrested Development.” Unscripted drama “The Partner” airs at 9 in the fall.

Come January, Kelsey Grammer’s “The Sketch Show” launches at 7 p.m., followed by “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons,” “Malcolm,” “Arrested” and “American Dad.”

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