Many Joss Whedon fans may be feeling deja vu when they hear when his latest series will air on Fox.Â Â The highly anticipated mid-season replacement, “Dollhouse” will air on Friday evenings at 9 p.m. EST starting on February 13.Â Â Fox is creating a block of sci-fi programming on Friday evenings and will move “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” from Mondays at 8 p.m. EST to Fridays at 8 p.m. EST.
The scheduling of the series may create a bit of a dilemma for genre fans.Â SciFi’s popular SciFi Friday also airs that evening and while both shows won’t be in direct competition with the final episodes of “Battlestar Galactica,” there could be a conflict between “Dollhouse” and SciFi’s 9 p.m. offering.
Also, Whedon fans may be concerned that Fox is showing the premiere on a Friday evening, when audiences are typically lower.Â Fox is not showing the premiere behind juggernaut “American Idol,” ensuring that audiences will at least sample the show before it moves to its Friday time slot.Â Â In a positive note, “Dollhouse” will still be a premium series along the lines of “Fringe.”Â The premium shows offer fewer commercials breaks per hour and are supposed to offer more storytelling time.Â Â So far, the strategy has been successful for Fox with “Fringe.”
Meanwhile, Fox is building the rest of its mid-season schedule around TV’s highest-rated show, “American Idol.”Â Â Â That is good news for freshman series, “Fringe” which retains its 9 p.m. EST time slot on Tuesdays.Â Â With a strong lead-in from “Idol,” “Fringe” could see its audience expand and offer comeptition to CBS’s “The Mentalist.”
In other moves, Fox will shift “House” to Monday evenings at 8 p.m. EST.Â Â The long-awaited return of “24” will reside in its Monday at 9 p.m. EST time slot.Â Also, David Borenaz’s “Bones” moves the extremely competitive Thursday at 8 p.m. EST time slot.