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FOX’s Final “Glee” Season Premieres on Friday, January 9; Ends on March 20

FOX this week predictably confirmed that low-rated “Glee” will move to Fridays for its sixth and final season.

It will not, however, regularly air in two hour batches.

Following a two-hour premiere at 8PM ET on Friday, January 9, “Glee” will air in one-hour installments (at 9PM ET) until its two-hour finale airs at 8PM ET on March 20.

“GLEE takes its final bow with a sixth and final 13-episode season starting with a special two-hour premiere event Friday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT),” says FOX of the new season. “New Directions’ original star, RACHEL BERRY (Golden Globe Award nominee Lea Michele), comes home to Lima, after her humiliating failure as a TV actress, and discovers that SUE SYLVESTER (Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch) has banished the arts at McKinley. Throughout its closing season, McKinley alumnae will return to say “good-bye” to the award-winning and groundbreaking musical comedy. The series makes its time period premiere Friday, Jan. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and air all-new episodes for 11 consecutive weeks, culminating in a special two-hour Series Finale on Friday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).”

The “Glee” announcement was part of a broader announcement about FOX’s midseason schedule. That lineup looks as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 4:

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (All-New Episode)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 5:

8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (All-New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New Episode)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 6:

8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (All-New Episode)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 7:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL XIV (Season Premiere, Part One)

9:00-10:00 PM EMPIRE (Series Premiere, with Limited Interruption)

Thursday, Jan. 8:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL XIV (Season Premiere, Part Two)

Sundays, beginning, Jan. 11:

7:00-7:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Encore Episode)

7:30-8:00 PM MULANEY (All-New Episode)

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (All-New Episode)

Friday, Jan. 9:

8:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, Jan. 15:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL XIV (All-New Episode)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 16:

8:00-9:00 PM WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS (wt) (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Time Period Premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 22:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL XIV (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM BACKSTROM (Series Premiere)

Sunday, March 1:

7:00-7:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Encore Episode)

7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Time Period Premiere)

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (One-Hour Premiere Event)

Monday, March 2:

8:00-10:00 PM THE FOLLOWING (Two-Hour Season Premiere Event)

Tuesdays, beginning March 3:

8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (All-New Episode)

Sundays, beginning March 8:

7:00-7:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Encore Episode)

7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (All-New Episode)

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Time Period Premiere)

Mondays, beginning March 9:

8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (All-New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM THE FOLLOWING (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, March 20:

8:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Two-Hour Series Finale)

Thursday, March 26:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Spring Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM BACKSTROM (All-New Episode)

Tuesdays, beginning March 31:

8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New Episode)

9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (All-New Episode)

9:30-10:00 PM WEIRD LONERS (Series Premiere)

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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