Fox shifts ‘The Finder’ to Fridays, Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hotel Hell’ to summer

Finding itself a new time.

Fox isn’t necessarily giving up on the “Bones” spin-off “The Finder” just yet, but they are not exactly giving the show a ringing endorsement.

The network announced Friday that following the March finale next week, the show will come back to the air beginning Friday, April 6 in the timeslot currently occupied by “Kitchen Nightmares.” With this move in mind, Gordon Ramsay’s upcoming “Hotel Hell” has been pushed back from spring until this summer. (This may be bad news for many shows, but Ramsay tends to do well in the summer and should here, as well.)

As for what is going to replace “The Finder,” the show is sticking with its recent plan to put on “Touch” — a drama that debuted to strong ratings following “American Idol” earlier this season, and it will probably try to continue to reap the benefits that the Hart Hanson series failed to do.

While with most shows we would pretty much stick a fork in them on Friday nights (minus anything reality or sci-fi), “The Finder” may have a shot here. It’s likely to pull in stronger numbers than “Fringe,” and it also has a lighthearted procedural feel that allowed “Monk” to succeed on USA for so many years on Friday nights. (USA is returning to Friday programming this month with “Fairly Legal” and “In Plain Sight.”) Outside of “Nikita,” “The Finder” will be the only network show airing scripted material at 8:00 p.m. Eastern This could bode well for them.

How strong of a chance do you think “The Finder” has at succeeding in this timeslot?

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