Fox shows faith in ‘Lie to Me’

Tim Roth drama to air after 'American Idol'

Fox is feeling good about its new Tim Roth drama “Lie to Me.” The net has given the show a plum post-“American Idol” slot on Wednesdays starting in January.

As part of its annual January sked makeover, Fox is also giving a vote of confidence to frosh drama “Fringe” by keeping it in the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot after “Idol” returns to the sked.

The eighth season of “Idol” bows with two-hour premiere segs on Jan. 13 and Jan. 14. “Fringe” will have its first post-“Idol” airing on Jan. 20. “Lie to Me,” starring Roth as a government “deception expert” who can tell if someone is fibbing, preems in the 9 p.m. slot on Jan. 21.

“House” will relocate from Tuesday to Monday 8 p.m. as of Jan. 19 to make room for “Idol.” As of the same night, “24” will return to the Monday 9 o’clock slot, following its four-hour preem Jan. 11-12.

Joss Whedon sci-fi drama “Dollhouse” will move into the Friday 9 p.m. slot Feb. 13. Fox had previously said the Eliza Dushku starrer would be paired on Mondays with “24.” Instead, it’ll team on Fridays with “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which has been airing on Mondays this fall, paired with “Prison Break.”

“Bones,” the Emily Deschanel procedural that has been a solid player for Fox this season, shifts from Wednesday to Thursday at 8 p.m. as of Jan. 15. It will be paired for two weeks with Gordon Ramsay reality skein “Kitchen Nightmares,” followed on Jan. 29 by a new cycle of the Ramsay-hosted cooking competish series “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Stunt gameshow “Hole in the Wall” moves from Thursday to Sunday, where back-to-back segs will air from 7-8 p.m. leading into the net’s animation block.

Conspicuously absent from Fox’s midseason sked is laffer ” ‘Til Death,” which was benched from the Wednesday 9 p.m. berth earlier this month. Fox said it would return later in the season. “Prison Break” will also be back later in the season after its skedded winter hiatus.

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