The News Corp. network offered no reason for the scheduling change, noting simply that "New Amsterdam" had been scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. but "will be rescheduled in midseason."
In its place, Fox will present "Bones," the drama centering on an FBI agent and an anthropologist solving crimes. Fox also made changes to its Wednesday- and Thursday-night schedules, saying "Kitchen Nightmares" would shift to Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
A person with knowledge of the situation says Fox remains very much behind "New Amsterdam, which remains in production, but wanted to make way for "Lyrics" and also saw this as a way to take "Bones" out of running on the same night with lots of other crime-oriented programs. Fox is considering giving "New Amsterdam" a short-term berth after "American Idol" in the second half of the TV season. Also, by keeping production going on "Amsterdam" now, Fox could bank a number of episodes and have them ready to air in the event of a writers' strike.
With these moves, Fox is creating a game-show block on Thursday nights, a point of differentiation on an important evening for advertisers. Fox is particularly popular with movie advertisers, and Thursday is a big night for them, when their trailers can drive audiences to theaters for Friday-night film debuts.
"Lyrics" is "a show that really picked up steam during the summer," said Brad Adgate, senior VP-research at independent Horizon Media. Thursday has been "a rough night historically" for Fox, he said, and "Lyrics" has done well with teens, whose attention movie marketers covet.
"New Amsterdam" features Nikolaj Coster Waldau as John Amsterdam, an immortal who is also a New York City homicide detective. A number of series set to make their debuts in broadcast-TV's new fall season play on supernatural themes, including "Pushing Daisies" on ABC and "Reaper" on CW.