Fox releases January return dates for 'Idol,' '24'

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Posted: Nov 24, 2009 7:27 PM

Fox network is unveiling big plans for January.

They include bringing back "American Idol" with a two-night season premiere Jan. 12 and 13.

Then the network starts the clock ticking for a new season of its suspense drama "24" with a two-night, four-hour event airing Jan. 17 and 18.

Before all that, Fox honors "The Simpsons" on Jan. 10.

The night starts with the 450th episode of the animated series. Bart and his pal Milhouse try to kelp kids' show host Krusty the Clown regain his popularity after network executives force him to hire a female sidekick. That episode will be followed by a one-hour retrospective documentary, "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special."