With less than six weeks to go before the start of the fall season, FOX has shaken up its schedule, with the biggest difference being the absence of the freshman drama "New Amsterdam."
Just as the success of "The Singing Bee" gave NBC the freedom to juggle several key programs, FOX is keeping its successful karaoke knock-off "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" on air for the fall.
"Don't Forget the Lyrics!" is the central domino in FOX's run, as the Wayne Brady-hosted competition series will now air on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. The show's official fall premiere will come on Sept. 6, following the season premiere of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Special hour-long episodes of "Smarter" will also air on Friday nights at 8 p.m. for four weeks starting on Sept. 14, when it will lead into the premiere of the new unscripted drama "Nashville." Those Friday episodes of "Smarter" will make way for "American Band" (the apparently official title of the show formerly known as "The Search for the Next Great American Band") on Friday, Oct. 19.
Putting "Lyrics" on Thursdays means that Gordon Ramsay's already-controversial "Kitchen Nightmares" will hop over to Wednesday nights at 9 p.m., where it will premiere on Sept. 19, following the launches of "Back to You" and "'Til Death."
Here's where you need to start keeping up. With "Kitchen Nightmares" taking over Wednesday nights, FOX has moved "Bones" out of the drama-glutted hour and shifted it to Tuesday night, where it will lead into "House," with both shows premiering on Sept. 25.
That's good news for "Bones" and good news for "Kitchen Nightmares," but bad news for "New Amsterdam," which stars Nikolaj Coster Waldau as an immortal NYPD detective. FOX already planned to move the series to Fridays beginning in January, so those plans remain potentially intact. For now, all FOX will say is that the show has moved to midseason.