According to Daily Variety, The FOX broadcasting network is set to launch its fall lineup in September rather than holding off until the end of Baseball season in November. The move is intended to boost fall ratings by not making viewers wait for new seasons of hit shows like The Simpsons. In fact, episodes of the long-running animated comedy were delivered ahead of schedule this year, facilitating the early launch.
Fall for FOX will actually begin in August when it airs the two-hour season premiere of Prison Break on Monday, Aug. 29. "Animation Domination" will then resume on Sept. 11 with new installments of The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. The season premiere of King of the Hill will arrive the following week. Some shows will be pre-empted by the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series in October, and will return in regular rotation in November.