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FOX Debuts New Comedies, Rearranges Schedule This March

January 17th, 2006 1:34pm EST
Prison BreakTwo new comedies, “Free Ride” and “The Loop,” will soon join FOX's spring schedule, which also features the return of hit drama Prison Break and new time periods for veteran comedies The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle.

FOX doubles the fun on Friday nights with back-to-back episodes of The Bernie Mack Show (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Jan. 20. Malcolm in the Middle, in its seventh and final season, returns to the Sunday night lineup beginning Jan. 29.

As previously announced, the most talked-about new drama this season returns in March as Prison Break returns with an encore of the fall finale, "End of Tunnel," on Monday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The series continues with thrilling, all-original episodes - no repeats for the rest of the season - beginning Monday, March 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Another of FOX's hit dramas, "Bones," moves to its new Wednesday time period in March. Having followed American Idol on Wednesdays from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15, the series makes its time period premiere Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), leading into an American Idol performance show featuring the eight female semifinalists.

A partially improvised comedy, “Free Ride” follows recent college graduate Nate Stahlings (Josh Dean) as he moves back in with his parents in a small Midwestern town, with no life plans past doing his laundry. A preview episode airs Wednesday, March 1 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), after a special 90-minute episode of American Idol in which the 10 female semifinalists will perform. “Free Ride” premieres in its regular time period Sunday, March 12 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). American Dad returns in late April after “Free Ride” completes its run.

“The Loop” launches with a special preview Wednesday, March 15 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) following the American Idol Results Show, the first in which a finalist will be sent home. The following night, Thursday, March 16, the new comedy premieres in its regular time period (8:30-9:30 PM ET/PT) after That 70s Show. Set in Chicago, “The Loop” is the story of Sam (Bret Harrison), the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline and the first of his friends to get a real job. Sam must find a way to straddle his serious career and the serious social demands of his three roommates.

Stacked will return later in the season.