They begin with "X Factor" on Sept. 12 and continue to "Touch" on Oct. 26.
The official word: The 2012-2013 season begins with the spectacular return of THE X FACTOR, last fall’s No. 1 new unscripted series. The hit music competition series, featuring Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Featuring new cast members including Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker in multi-episode story arcs, the fourth season of GLEE launches on a new night and time Thursday, Sept. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following THE X FACTOR. With McKinley’s senior class graduated and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) off to NYADA, change is in the air this fall for the GLEE club.
Fan-favorite BONES will enter its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of the compelling new drama THE MOB DOCTOR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). THE MOB DOCTOR stars Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”) as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon indebted to the mob.
It’s two for Tuesday, Sept. 25, when NEW GIRL returns for Season Two with two all-new episodes – a special episode at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT and the season premiere at 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT – and two new comedies, BEN AND KATE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), join the Tuesday comedy block. BEN AND KATE stars newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher,” Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of “The Descendants”) as a pair of odd-couple siblings – one a responsible single mom; the other a youthful free spirit – who reunite to help raise Kate’s daughter, Maddie (Maggie Jones, “We Bought A Zoo”). Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), THE MINDY PROJECT stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), RAISING HOPE returns to the Tuesday night lineup with all-new misadventures of the Chance family.
FRINGE returns for an unparalleled fifth and final season Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of Gordon Ramsay’s KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). TOUCH, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Maria Bello (“Prime Suspect,” “A History of Violence”), will make its Season Two debut Friday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Sundays get animated beginning Sept. 30, with the season premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Then, on Sunday, Oct. 7 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), THE CLEVELAND SHOW rejoins the ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Wednesday, Sept. 12
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Sept. 13
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Season Premiere)
Monday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE MOB DOCTOR (Series Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 25
8:00-8:30 PM NEW GIRL (Special All-New Episode)
8:30-9:00 PM BEN AND KATE (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (Series Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (All-New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE (Season Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 30
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere)
Tuesday, Oct. 2
8:00-8:30 PM RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BEN AND KATE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT
Sunday, Oct. 7
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Season Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
Friday, Oct. 26
8:00-9:00 PM TOUCH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE