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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

‘American Idol,’ ‘The X-Files,’ Ciara Bravo Return to Fox In January

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When “American Idol” begins its final season Jan. 6-7, Fox will revamp Tuesdays, add Ciara Bravo’s “Second Chance” to Wednesdays and bench “Empire,” “Gotham,” “The Last Man On Earth,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bones” and “Rosewood.”

The midseason retooling starts Sunday, Jan. 3, with the premiere of two comedies, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life” (8:30) and the animated “Bordertown” (9:30 p.m.).

The highly anticipated reboot of “The X-Files,” with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, airs 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, after the NFC Championship game on Fox. 

Only six episodes of “The X-Files” will be produced this season. Scully and Mulder return for part two of the premiere 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, followed by the premiere of “Lucifer,” starring Tom Ellis (“Merlin”) as the Lord of Hell, a DC Entertainment comics character. 

With “Scream Queens” ending its first season Dec. 8, Fox debuts a new Tuesday lineup Jan. 5 with the return of “New Girl,” followed by John Stamos’ “Grandfathered,” ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (moving from Sundays) and Rob Lowe as “The Grinder.”

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Ciara Bravo as Gracie Pritchard on “Second Chance”

Starting Wednesday Jan. 13, “American Idol” will be followed by “Second Chance,” a modern version of Frankenstein. Rob Kazinsky (“True Blood”) stars a 75-year-old corrupt sheriff’s deputy brought back to life as a 35-year-old with superhuman strength by billionaire tech-genius twins. Alexandria native Bravo (“Red Band Society,” “Big Time Rush”) plays the deputy’s daughter, Gracie.

Since Fox announced the show in May as “The Frankenstein Code,” it has changed the title to “Frankenstein,” “Lookinglass” and now “Second Chance.”

Other Fox moves:

“Sleepy Hollow”: Bumped from Thursdays by “Idol,” moves to 8 p.m. Friday on Feb. 5.

“Hell’s Kitchen”: Chef Gordon Ramsay grills contestants for a 15th season starting 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

“Gotham: Rise of the Villains”: Returns for spring 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, after "The X-Files" end.

“Rosewood”: The medical drama with Cincinnati native Gabrielle Dennis resumes 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.

“Empire”: After a three-month break, returns at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

Fox did not say when “Bones” and “The Last Man On Earth” will be back.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.