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Fox slots ‘Finder’ behind ‘Idol’

'Alcatraz,' 'Touch,' 'Finder' get preem dates in midseason revamp

Fox is giving its “Bones” spinoff “The Finder” and reality skein “Mobbed” the plum post- “American Idol” berths in its midseason sked revamp.

The net has also set January preem dates for its midseason dramas “Alcatraz” and “Touch” and animated comedy “Napoleon Dynamite.” Returning comedies “Bob’s Burgers” and “Breaking In” are set for March bows.

In the midseason sked unveiled Thursday, Fox set Jan. 18-19 for “American Idol’s” two-night premiere of its 11th season. It will also have a special Sunday telecast on Jan. 22 following Fox’s coverage of the NFL’s NFC championship game.

As “Bones” takes a break with new episodes until spring, “Finder” bows on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. behind a repeat of “Bones.” The following week it will have the benefit of a lead-in from the second part of “Idol’s” season preem.

“Alcatraz” opens with a two-hour seg on Monday Jan. 16 before setting in to its regular 9 p.m. berth behind “House” the following week. “Alcatraz” will wrap its run with a two-hour finale on March 12. “Touch” moves into the Monday 9 p.m. slot as of March 19. But the Kiefer Sutherland starrer will have a special preview airing Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. behind “Idol.”

“Napoleon Dynamite” joins Fox’s Sunday toon block on Jan. 15, airing in multiple slots that night before setting into its regular post-“Simpsons” 8:30 p.m. slot on Jan. 29.

“Dynamite” will vacate that spot as of March 11 when the sophomore season of “Bob’s Burgers” moves in.

“Breaking In,” the comedy that cheated death earlier this year by earning a second-season pickup months after it was canceled, will be paired with a repeat of “New Girl” from 8-9 p.m. on Tuesdays starting March 6, when “Glee” takes a rest until the spring. Fresh segs of “New Girl” remain in the show’s regular Tuesday 9 p.m. slot, paired with “Raising Hope.”

“Mobbed” returns to Fox’s sked in the Wednesday 9 p.m. berth as of Jan. 4. It will reap the rewards of an “Idol” lead-in starting Feb. 1.

Fox also said it will bring its new comedy “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” which has been much-maligned by crix, back in the spring with a slot following “Idol.” The show bowed Wednesday following “The X Factor” to so-so numbers and will finish its initial run on Dec. 21.

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