LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX will debut the eighth season of "American Idol" on January 13, network sources confirmed to the site exclusively today.
The new season will open with two-hour installments on Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14 before settling into its regular one-hour time periods - Tuesdays at 8:00/7:00c and Wednesdays at 8:00/7:00c - the following week.
The news marks the latest piece in the puzzle that is FOX's midseason schedule. On Monday, the network confirmed "24" will roll out with a special two-night, four-hour event on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12.
It's still not clear where current efforts "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Prison Break," "House," "Fringe," "Bones" and "'Til Death" - or newcomers like "Dollhouse" and "Lie to Me" - will land come the new year.