FOX announced the first part of its 2015-16 schedule on Monday (May 11) morning and even though the network has abandoned its annual tradition of revealing two separate schedules, what we already know is full of interesting tidbits.
A few highlights before we get down to the night-by-night breakdown:
*** "The X-Files" will return with a two night premiere starting after the NFC Championship on Sunday, January 24.
*** "New Girl" is being held for midseason and will air [virtually] uninterrupted in the spring.
*** "Empire" will continue to air at 9 p.m., meaning this season's biggest ratings sensation won't be able to serve as a lead-in for anything new, though FOX hopes a halo effect will benefit "Rosewood."
*** A Tuesday comedy block featuring Rob Lowe and John Stamos suggests a bit of a demographic shift for FOX.
*** Oh and this next season of "American Idol" will be its last. But that's important enough for its own story.