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Fox Moves “On the Lot” Premiere, Announces Full Premiere Schedule

Fox has moved the premiere date of their reality series On the Lot. It will still air out of an episode of American Idol, however, instead of airing out of the penultimate episode of the season, it will be airing out of the season finale.

The filmmaking summer series (executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett) will air in a special two-hour, two-night premiere on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 p.m.ET., with the second hour of auditions set to air the following night at the same time (following the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance).

“Steven and I are enormously thrilled with the response we’ve had to the call for film submissions via our website,” Burnett says. “This confirms our notion that there is an incredible amount of talented filmmakers in the world looking for their big breaks. We are very excited that our partners at FOX have scheduled the launch of this series with the powerhouse ‘American Idol’ finale and the premiere of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Coming off of the success of ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’, launching out of ‘American Idol’ is a terrific move.”

The schedule for the first few episodes follows below:

Monday, May 28 – “Film Premiere” (16 finalists and their films are introduced)
Tuesday, May 29 – “Box Office” (Results show, four finalists eliminated)
Monday, June 4 – First regularly scheduled program
Tuesday, June 5 – Results show, half-hour

The winning filmmaker (Fox says they have received 12,000 video submissions) will be awarded a $1 million DreamWorks development deal.