fox schedule 2015 fall tv 2 'Empire' gets fall premiere on FOX; 'Sleepy Hollow' moves, 'X Files' coming in 2016FOX has announced its fall 2015 primetime TV schedule, with a few new shows on the roster and a lot of returning shows staying put — plus “Empire” fans won’t have to wait for midseason. The breakout musical hit is coming back in the fall, airing in its usual timeslot of Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Sleepyheads, however, have to reset their DVRs.“Sleepy Hollow” is moving to Thursdays at 9 p.m., airing after “Bones.” The post-“Gotham” spot on Mondays now belongs to new thriller “Minority Report.”

Tuesday also has a brand-new look to it, with “New Girl” being held for a midseason premiere, after which it will air uninterrupted episodes until its Season 5 finale. Taking over Tuesday nights are three new shows — John Stamos’ comedy “Grandfathered,” Rob Lowe comedy “The Grinder” and Ryan Murphy’s comedy-horror series “Scream Queens.”

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“New Girl” isn’t the only show being held for midseason. “The X-Files” revival and “Grease Live!” are also all premiering in January — Jan. 24 for “X Files,” in a special two-hour premiere, and Jan. 31 for “Grease.” “American Idol” will also premiere its 15th — and final — season in January 2016.

“The X-Files” revival will provide a launching pad for new drama “Lucifer,” starring Tom Ellis as the devil himself. After its “X-Files” launch, “Lucifer” will move into the post-“Gotham” slot. “The Frankenstein Code,” “The Guide to Surviving Life” and “Border Town” are also being held for midseason.

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“Building on the phenomenal momentum created by ‘Gotham,’ ‘The Last Man on Earth’ and, of course, ‘Empire,’ we’re infusing next season’s schedule with
new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series
and big live events and specials — all from the best creators in the
business,” say chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group Dana Walden and Gary Newman in a release.

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