Fox is planning to offer fans of "24" a little bit more action up front, while those who like mathematics mixed with forensics will have to wait just a bit longer for the premiere...

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Fox is planning to offer fans of “24” a little bit more action up front, while those who like mathematics mixed with forensics will have to wait just a bit longer for the premiere of CBS’ midseason drama “Numb3rs.”

The fourth season of Fox’s Emmy-winning “24” will start on Jan. 9 with a two-hour premiere, followed the next night with an additional two hours.

The series settles into its regular Monday time period on Jan. 17, after which it will run without repeats or preemptions through to its finale.

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Originally set to premiere Jan. 21, CBS will hold “Numb3rs” back by three days to capitalize on the audience for pro football’s AFC Championship. The Jan. 23 premiere will be followed by the drama’s move to its regular time period at 10 p.m. Jan. 28.

“Numb3rs” features David Krumholtz (“10 Things I Hate About You”) as a math genius enlisted by his FBI agent brother (Rob Morrow of “Northern Exposure”) to use his gift with numbers to solve complicated crimes.

“Numb3rs” co-stars Peter MacNicol (“Ally McBeal”) and Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”). Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Blade Runner”) and Tony Scott (“Top Gun”) executive-produce.

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