Those are predictions based on feelings and FOX final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on monday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!
Dramas renewed: BONES – SLEEPY HOLLOW – GOTHAM – EMPIRE
New dramas ordered: THE X-FILES – SCREAM QUEENS – HOUDINI & DOYLE – MINORITY REPORT – ROSEWOOD – LUCIFER – THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE
Comedies renewed: THE SIMPSONS – FAMILY GUY – NEW GIRL – BOB’S BURGER – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
New comedies ordered: BORDERTOWN – GRANDFATHERED – THE GRINDER – THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE
FOX has found some momentum with The Last Man On Earth on Sunday, they’d better launch season 2 right away in the fall. Then long-awaited animated comedy Bordertown from Seth MacFarlane can finally air at midseason in the slot. Nothing else should change.
Gotham has lost a lot of steam over the year. FOX should have sticked with the original plan: no more than 15 episodes per season. But they were so desperate… Next year, there’s no reason to move the show somewhere else. Pairing it with sci-fi fare Minority Report makes sense. FOX bets big on it (though I’m pretty sure it won’t be a very strong player) but honestly, any other new show ordered could have been put there. Sleepy Hollow has to move anyway.
As every other Ryan Murphy’s show, Scream Queens is guaranteed to start strong, because of curiosity and buzz, but what happens next totally depends on the quality. Honestly, I’m not very confident about this one but FOX will do the best they can to make it work. They already promote it since 2 months so… At 9, comedy should stay with new shows but New Girl is already old and has to go. Rob Lowe’s The Grinder & John Stamos’ Grandfathered should be paired, for better of for worse! It’s definitely a risky night but if FOX doesn’t take some risk, they’ll end up in the trash once again.
Definitely not the pair I was hoping for but since FOX decided not to give a chance to young-skewing musical dramedy Studio City (at least for now), they will bet on african-american viewers with Rosewood, a procedural with a black lead, leading to phenomenon Empire. Why not switching them? Because I think Empire could lose viewers at an earlier time slot and FOX certainly don’t want that. Plus, they’ll want their affiliates to stay happy, at least that night. I also think FOX should split Empire‘s season into two parts (6-8 episodes for fall, 6-8 episodes for spring) and bring The X-Files (paired with The Frankenstein Code?) in between for 6 weeks and make it a big event on a night where they know they are able to attract a lot of viewers.
I don’t think FOX should launch too many new dramas at the same time, three is enough, so Thursday is just pairing two very modest players together on a night where FOX can’t compete anyway. Sleepy Hollow will have to go at midseason. Maybe for Lucifer.
Masterchef Junior could have been used on another night but Friday is good too. FOX needs to have a little more ambition than that. They also have Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares for the rest of the season. At 9, they can just dump New Girl there with back to back episodes. They’ll have their +100 episodes.
I’m not sure what FOX can do with Houdini & Doyle, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority. Regarding comedy The Guide To Surviving Life, only 6 episodes have been ordered. Not a big vote of confidence. FOX will use it wherever they have a hole to fill in spring.
What do YOU think?