Fox Winter Premiere Dates: ‘American Idol’, ‘Lucifer,’ and the Frankenstein Series

Tom Ellis in Lucifer
Tom Ellis stars in ‘Lucifer’ (Photo by John P. Fleenor ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co)

Fox released details on their winter lineup of shows and announced that the Frankenstein series has another new name. First it was known as The Frankenstein Code and then in August 2015 the network switched it to Lookinglass. Now apparently we have the final title and it’s Second Chance. I think The Frankenstein Code sounded the most interesting of the three names; Second Chance sounds like a reality dating series for divorced people and doesn’t capture the Frankenstein vibe. The winter schedule also includes premiere dates for Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, the animated comedy Bordertown, and Lucifer, along with the new The X-Files limited series. It also includes the return of American Idol to the lineup for the singing competition’s final season.


Sunday, Jan. 3:

8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Winter Return)


9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Winter Return)

9:30-10:00 PM BORDERTOWN (Series Premiere)

Monday, Jan. 4

8:00-10:00 PM SUPERHUMAN (Two-Hour Special)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 5:

8:00-8:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM GRANDFATHERED (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Time Period Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM THE GRINDER (Time Period Premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 6:

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

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 7:

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

Friday, Jan. 8:

8:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Winter Return/Special Two-Hour Episode)

Sundays, beginning Jan. 10:

7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Winter Return)



9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM BORDERTOWN

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 13:

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

9:00-10:00 PM SECOND CHANCE (Series Premiere)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 15:


9:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 24:

10:00-11:00 PM ET/ THE X-FILES (Season Premiere, Part One)

7:00-8:00 PM PT

Mondays, beginning Jan. 25:

8:00-9:00 PM THE X-FILES (Season Premiere, Part Two)

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

Sunday, Jan. 31:

7:00-10:00 ET Live/PT tape-delayed GREASE: LIVE

Fridays, beginning Feb. 5:

8:00-9:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Time Period / Spring Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN

Mondays, beginning Feb. 29:

8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM: RISE OF THE VILLAINS (Spring Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM LUCIFER

Wednesdays, beginning March 2:

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


Wednesdays, beginning March 30:

8:00-9:00 PM ROSEWOOD

9:00-10:00 PM EMPIRE (Spring Premiere)

COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE: COOPER BARRETT (Jack Cutmore-Scott, Kingsman: The Secret Service) still doesn’t have the job he wants; he’s accidently fallen in love with his across-the-hall neighbor, KELLY BISHOP (Meaghan Rath); one of his roommates, NEAL (Charlie Saxton), just can’t seem to dump his bodybuilder girlfriend; his other roommate, BARRY (James Earl), is a “loveable jackass” who can’t stop getting into trouble; and his 40-year-old-brother, JOSH (Justin Bartha) is constantly popping in to hang with the fellas and get some peace from his wife, LESLIE (Liza Lapira), and their two kids. The one thing they do have is each other.

As Cooper struggles to survive each of life’s many challenges – a night in jail, an inappropriate text he never should have sent, an ill-advised household pet – he will guide us through the often-messy, always-hilarious ordeal, so that our lives don’t have to be nearly the entertaining disaster that Cooper’s is turning out to be.

LUCIFER: Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.

Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.

The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.

At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?

The Frankenstein Code Rob Kazinsky
Rob Kazinsky stars in ‘Lookinglass’ (Photo Credit: Fox)

SECOND CHANCE: Seventy-five-year-old JIMMY PRITCHARD (guest star Philip Baker Hall) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, Pritchard was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, some 15 unkind years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent DUVAL PRITCHARD (Tim DeKay), one of his two children. But death is surprisingly short for Jimmy, who is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins MARY GOODWIN (Dilshad Vadsaria) and her brother, OTTO (Adhir Kalyan), founders of a social networking empire.

Resurrected as a younger, better version of himself, with physical abilities of which he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) is given a second chance at life. What will he do with it? Will he try to repair the damage he did to his family? Will he embrace a new sense of purpose or fall prey to old temptations?

BORDERTOWN: BORDERTOWN centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. BUD BUCKWALD (Hank Azaria) is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to ERNESTO GONZALEZ (Nicholas Gonzalez), an ambitious family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for Bud.

Bud is married to JANICE BUCKWALD (Alex Borstein), both the wisest and most oblivious member of the family. The Buckwald kids include BECKY (Borstein), a socially awkward, big-boned geek; SANFORD (Judah Friedlander), a loser who thinks he’s a player; and GERT (Missi Pyle), a beauty pageant-obsessed five-year-old with a pet pig. Meanwhile, living the American Dream next door are the Gonzalezes, including MARIA (Stephanie Escajed), Ernesto’s no-nonsense wife; their son, RUIZ (guest voice Efren Ramirez); and their 21-year-old nephew, J.C. (Gonzalez), a graduate student who is engaged to Becky and frequently butts heads with Bud.

As Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their two families soon become bound by romance, conflict and, perhaps most importantly, friendship – a word that means the same, no matter what side of the border you’re from.