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FOX 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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MONDAYS

8- GOTHAM

9- LUCIFER

Winter

8- 24: LEGACY

9- APB

Spring

8- GOTHAM

9- LUCIFER




TUESDAYS

8- NEW GIRL / BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

9- SCREAM QUEENS

Winter

8- NEW GIRL / THE MICK

9- KICKING AND SCREAMING

Spring 

8- BROOKLYN NINE-NINE / THE MICK

9- PRISON BREAK


 

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WEDNESDAYS

8- LETHAL WEAPON

9- EMPIRE

Winter

8- LETHAL WEAPON

9- STAR

Spring 

8- SHOTS FIRED

9- EMPIRE



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THURSDAYS

8- ROSEWOOD

9- PITCH

Winter

8- ROSEWOOD

9- BONES


FRIDAYS

8- HELL’S KITCHEN

9- THE EXORCIST

Winter

8- MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

9- SLEEPY HOLLOW



SUNDAYS

8- THE SIMPSONS / SON OF ZORN

9- FAMILY GUY / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

Winter

8- THE SIMPSONS / MAKING HISTORY

9- FAMILY GUY / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH



THOUGHTS

What’s good:

  • Because of the so so numbers of 24: Live Another Day, it makes sense for FOX to choose 24: Legacy for the post-superbowl slot, ensuring it the biggest premiere possible. Mondays should be fine in the fall and on midseason. Pairing APB with 24: Legacy is a really good idea on paper. They can work together and it helps a show that would have struggled without a strong lead-in.
  • Sundays are exactly like expected. It’s fine. If the shows are good, people will find them.
  • Moving Sleepy Hollow to fridays is logical. It has only been renewed for syndication purposes.
  • The comedy rotation on tuesday is pretty smart. But the night will still get very low ratings.

What’s bad:

  • The Lethal Weapon/Empire pairing looks dumb. FOX had two shows —Pitch & Star— that would have fit perfectly with their only hit show, but they looked the other way. Lethal Weapon has an african-american lead so yeah, of course it should go with Empire… Same reasoning they had with Rosewood last year. It didn’t flop but they could have done better. Empire will probably stay an island on the schedule.
  • Pitch, with so much potential, is thrown to the wolves, very far from the world series which should have been a great platform to promote it heavily…
  • The Exorcist on fridays? FOX love their genre friday. I get it. But lauching a new show on friday is always the sign of a disaster incoming. If you add the fact that The Exorcist is an impossible sell on a network… Cancelled after one season.
  • In what world Rosewood is a good lead-in for Prison Break? It seems like they don’t believe in this revival at all. And for that, I can’t blame them. Why is it happening exactly?

Spark (ABC) pilot preview: Can the new Empire be a dystopian steampunk soap?

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Created and executive produced by Michael Cooney (Identity, 6 Souls). Directed by James Kent (Testament of Youth, The White Queen, Marchlands). Also exexutive produced by Ian Sander & Kim Moses (Ghost Whisperer, Profiler). For ABC, ABC Studios & Sander/Moses Productions. 58 pages.

Description: It is current day America, but not as we know it. Imagine electricity had never been discovered – in its place, gas and coal run the world and power our everyday devices. Now imagine the amount of power the people who own the gas and coal in this world would command. Two rival families, the Stocktons and the Lavelles, are battling for ages until a rebellious young woman, a tinker named Pin Jones, can level both their empires with a spark of invention…

With Antonia Thomas (Misfits), Regé-Jean Page (Roots, Waterlo Road, Fresh Meat), Tom Brittney (The Five, The Syndicate), Lena Olin (Alias, Welcome to Sweden, The Ninth Gate), Alex Lanipekun (Homeland, 24, MI-5), Austin Hébert, Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals, Crossbones), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Daredevil, ER, Chicago Hope), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Home Fires)…

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Despite the huge success of Hunger Hames worldwide and the honorable results of such movies as Divergent and The Maze Runner –-let’s not forget a few missteps like The 5th Wave recently– the dystopian genre has a hard time existing on television. Which is weird when you think about it since these movies work like series, through multiple episodes and cliffhangers at the end to make you come back the following year. We had The Lottery on Lifetime, if anyone remembers it. Guess not. The excellent The 100 of course. And not much else. Other attempts (The Selection at The CW, Delirium at FOX) were not picked-up to series. And I fear Spark will meet the same end. Even though I’m not totally convinced by its potential, I’d be curious to see what’s gonna happen in case it’s ordered. It could become another huge disappointment like Blood and Oil. Or maybe the new Empire is hiding behind it…

Most of the success of the pilot -a presentation was ordered first but they upped it to a full-length pilot then, which is a good sign– resides in its execution. The setting, the landscapes, as well as the costumes, need to be taken care of properly so that it doesn’t look cheap. The writer has a real vision of how this city and those people should look like in this alternate reality, circa 2016. It’s based on Steampunk, an aesthetic inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. He even offers a “look book” at the end of the script with visuals for cars working with coal cumbustion, underground bar and dance clubs, coffee machines or the heroine’s high heels. They decided to shoot in Prague, Czech Republic, to reduce the costs while most of the cast is coming from Europe, especially the UK. There’s no big name but promising newcomers, like Anthonia Thomas, a mini-Rihanna who was stunning in Misfits. Risky. But in case you haven’t notice, let me break it to you: the show can be labelled as “black”. 5 of the most prominent characters are. Good strategy. ‘cos that’s what it is. I’m probably going too far but imagine ABC slots the show on Wednesday at 10pm after Blackish, when Empire ends on FOX… Wouldn’t it be damn smart? Hire me ABC!

The network describes the show as a lavish primetime soap of passion, greed and hope. It’s true, it is. If it looks new and different from the outside, it’s very classical in the inside. Sometimes, it also feels a bit like a CW show with slightly older characters. Pin Jones is yet another Katniss Everdeen, a whip smart, courageous, independent, kind-hearted girl, soon to be torn between two men and two rival families: her boyfriend Captain Aidan Stockton, a rugged and sexy all man who’s deeply in love with her, he even hides a ring in his drawer; and Alex Lavelle, a more sophisticated handsome man, kind of douchy, who knows exactly who she is when he met her and has an agenda but can’t help liking her more than he should. You get the picture. A good ol’ love triangle. Pin’s mother is dead. Of course. She has a delinquent brother. A loving father. They’re tinkers. So they’re poor. Aidan’s mother is a great bitch. We’ll love hating her. Alex has a brother, who’s a terrible person. And an evil father. And Aidan’s most close friend and colleague happens to be Alex’s brother’s fiancée. Still following? Told you. It really is a soap.

But there’s action too, and many surprises. A few pages in, there’s a huge explosion, that kills someone. And later on, a coal train derails. And other people die. Won’t reveal you more but be sure a lot happens in this pilot. Like… maybe our Pin is on the verge of discovering something huge, that will change the face of humanity as they know it… At first, I had a hard time getting into the script. Those stories about gas and coal are so unsexy and sad. It lacks sparkle, electricity. It takes time before it gets interesting. It takes time before you can connect with the main characters. Too much time probably. But at some point, somehow, it starts to work. And you can see the potential and the emotional strength of this story. It resonates with our past and our present. It’s brighter than it looks. It’s more than a soap.

Spark is certainly a leap of faith for ABC. Sometimes, it’s good to take one. Especially since the network is in a tough situation. Before new boss Channing Dungey gets too scared of screwing her first little victories up –hoping she has some– there’s a window of opportunity to try new things, be bold. Spark is new. Sort of. And bold. A bit. And out of time. Why not giving it a chance? 

Star (FOX) pilot preview: Mini-Cookies building a whole new Empire

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Created & executive produced by Lee Daniels (Empire, Precious, The Paperboy, The Butler) & Tom Donaghy (The Mentalist, The Whole Truth). Directed by Lee Daniels. Also produced by Effie Brown (Dear White People) & Pamela Oas Williams (The Butler). For FOX & 20th Century FOX Television. 53 pages.

Description: In the glamorous but cut-throat Atlanta music scene, three very different girls, two sisters and a friend, are coming together to form a band and rise to the top, helped by Miss Carlotta, the owner of a beauty salon with an amazing voice, who becomes a surrogate mother to them – even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams…

With Queen Latifah (Chicago, Bessie, Hairspray), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Private Practice, Miss Congeniality), Jude Demorest (Dallas 2012), Ryan Destiny (Low Winter Sun), Brittany O’Grady (The Messengers), Nicholas Gonzales (Melrose Place 2009, Sleepy Hollow)…

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To those who think it’s easy to replicate a success, Empire is the proof it’s not. It took a year for FOX to find a suitable companion show for Empire and probably a year and a half before it’s on the air. Oh, last pilot season, they had Studio City, which was a pretty serious candidate but not produced in-house and when you deal with a phenomenon like Empire that gets you a ton of money, especially on a network where almost everything else is not working, you’d better think twice about what to do next. They first thought about remaking a forgotten movie, Urban Cowboy, but they rushed things and the pilot they shot ended up dead, rightfully (read the preview). They finally decided to take the easiest road: they asked Empire creator Lee Daniels to create another smash hit. He came up with Star, which is not an Empire spin-off but could have been. I don’t think it would have been a good idea though. Star is fine on its own. And forcing things rarely works. Plus they don’t need Cookie. They have their own.

I’d like to be upfront about one thing I’m convinced of: Empire without Cookie and Taraji P. Henson is nothing. Just a bunch of black males singing, doing so-so acting and being mostly irritating. She’s the star. She’s the reason why people watches it in the first place. And by the look of Star, I’d say Lee Daniels and FOX are totally aware of that and constructed the show with it in mind. It would be a mistake to announce Star, our heroin -‘cos it’s her first name- as a mini-Cookie. She has what it takes to become one at some point but we’re not there yet. And other characters like Queen Latifah’s Miss Carlotta give some Cookie vibes, and Cookie’s kind of punchlines. And it’s better this way on a longtime perspective: Star doesn’t rely on only one great character. But it takes at least three girls to make a Cookie…

Like Empire, the first pages are kind of ridiculous. No shades. No subtlety. But you become accustomed to it quickly and you get ready for the ride sooner than you expected. It starts as a roadtrip, from Pittsburgh (where Star is from) to Atlanta, with a stop in New York. And it’s engaging. Star, almost 18, leaves her foster home with three goals in mind. First, finding her sister, Simone, 16, who happens to be molested by her foster father. He may even have raped her but it’s unclear. Then, convincing Alexandra, her bestfriend she only met on the internet so far, to leave the Upper East Side where she lives with her wealthy family to go to Atlanta with her and create a band. They already wrote songs together, like “I Can Be”, heard throughout the pilot. Finally, doing whatever it takes in Atlanta to become the star she always dreamt to be, without ending up like her deceased mother: a junkie. On the road, they steal, they laugh, they sing, they argue, and it’s fun. Star is trash. And it makes her admirable for some reason. Simone is fragile, addicted but a nice gal. And Alexandra is Paris Hilton, but smarter.

When the girls arrive in Atlanta, it gets a little less fun but there are a few very enjoyable scenes like when they arrive in Miss Carlotta’s beauty salon where they meet colourful characters like Miss Bruce, a drag queen, or Danielle, who seems to come directly from Orange is the New Black. And also Cotton. Cotton is a very important character with a secret. The secret being… SPOILER ALERT… he’s a transvestite. He’s a boy, Miss Carlotta’s son, but he feels like a girl and dresses accordingly. And of course, he’s a lot of fun. I expected Carlotta Brown to be a new Cookie, but it turns out she was but she’s not anymore. Can she go back to her roots? She probably will. But for now, she’s a bigot. She believes in God and sings at church and she doesn’t want Star and her girls to make it in Atlanta’s musical scene. For a good reason: she tried a long time ago, and failed. And lost a lot in the process. Of course, Star is way too determined to listen to anything she has to say and towards the end of the pilot, she’s in deep shit! But she gets to sing in front of an audience composed of producers. That’s a start. I would be very happy to talk to you about the men in this story but there are only two main male characters: Derek, who has laid eyes on one of the girl, he’s Carlotta’s neighbor; and Jahill, someone from Carlotta’s past who looks like a good guy but he’s not. And Star will soon discover it. Lee Daniels is better at writing female characters, no doubt about it.

Star is exactly what FOX needs: a companion series for Empire that is not a copycat but another musical show set in another city, with different characters who are more Cookie than André, achieving different goals. In Empire, they try to stay on top. In Star, they try to be on top! It is aimed at a younger audience – partly the one FOX lost when Glee ended- but Star can totally please the Empire fans and become a big thing for the afro-american audience and the audience overall. It could be a fun show to watch and listen to. It’s joyful. It’s definitely more eccentric but with smaller ambitions. And maybe it’s better this way.

FOX’s 16 most exciting projects for 2016/2017 pilot season

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 The following article is based on descriptions mixed wih talents attached ONLY. None of the scripts have been read at this point. 

What are FOX’s needs for next season?

  • With the departure of American Idol : more shows overall, quite simply!
  • A series to be paired with Empire. Not another Rosewood. Something that really is a right fit with the hit soap. Two would be good too, for each part of Empire‘s season => twice many chances at success!
  • More X-Files -10 or 12-episode season?- if season 10 works in a few days. Good launching pad for new dramas. Like a new rebooted 24 season might be too… Prison Break? They couldn’t resist this terrible horrible idea that is…
  • Less science-fiction that never works, more straight dramas (action, soap, legal, medical…) and finally a drama centered on an heroin! FOX is too many males.
  • One big comedy hit! Finally! New Girl didn’t become the one it was supposed to be a few years back. Since then: nothingness in that department.

NUMBERS

Drama Scripts ordered: around 35 / Comedy Scripts ordered: around 35

Drama pilots ordered last year: 6 /  Comedy pilots ordered last year: 7

8 drama pilots should be ordered / 8 comedy pilots should be ordered

OBSERVATIONS

So far, FOX has had a terrible season with absolutely zero new show really working. Scream Queens, the highest marketed of the fall, started with horrible numbers in live+ same day and never recovered. FOX decided to order a second season anyway, because Ryan Murphy can do anything he wants on this network, and because appartently FOX is very happy with the numbers among… rich kids. There’s no reason for season 2 to attract a bigger crowd, though. Minority Report was a huge flop from the get go that everybody saw coming, except FOX apparently. Rosewood did OK numbers for a while and still do acceptable ones but without Empire as its lead-out, it will collapse. That’s 100% sure. Ok, let’s say 90%. It could still get a pity renewal. Then there’s the three new comedies. Grandfathered and The Grinder, as expected, are flops. One is a bigger one than the other but in the end it doesn’t make a big difference. They should just go. Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life, despite its longer than life title, still has a shot after two weeks of airing. But let’s not count on this one for the long haul. After one airing, new drama Second Chance is DOA. It just leaves Lucifer. It has a big potential for success, especially since they decided to put it after The X-Files revival, even if they don’t really fit together.

In the older shows department, things don’t look good either. Empire is still a hit, no doubt about that. But season 2 is not creatively as strong as it should have been and the numbers kept on going down week after week. Disappointing for such a young and promising show. Last Man On Earth, which was a good surprise at midseason last year, couldn’t keep its momentum. Litteraly nobody talk about season 2. Numbers are decent, bit it’s another disappointment for FOX. Then there’s New Girl, that may live another year for syndication purposes, mostly. Brooklyn Nine-Nine keeps on moving on the schedule between sundays and tuesdays. But it’s still decent for now. Season 4 will happen. As long as FOX has bigger fish to fry…. Bones seems to be immortal. But it gets pricier every year, there’s a lawsuit going on… One day or another, they will have to pull the plug. Sleepy Hollow is half-dead. The Simpsons & Family Guy help keeping the lights on on sundays. No reason to stop them. And that’s pretty much it.

If the first pilot season of FOX’s new bosses was kind of a mess and a bit of a disaster, the next one looks much better on paper with broader concepts, lighter projects, varied genres and ideas. It’s not anymore just about strong male figures investigating. A big amount of soaps have been developed, as well as food-oriented dramas. God knows why. On the comedy side, there are more high-concept shows in the vein of Last Man On Earth and a few family comedies “à la ABC”. Let’s see what is the best they have in store!

 

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DRAMAS

 

305 (Endemol Shine Studios)

What? a teen pulled from his rundown high school is sent to live with his uncle, a celebrity chef, and attend the wealthiest private school in Miami, where he attempts to acclimate himself to his new surroundings while dealing with relationships, family drama, work and all the problems that more money brings…

Why? The OC sets in Miami with a cooking twist? That’s pretty much it, yeah. But we loved The OC. Didn’t we? If they find a way to make something else, more adult maybe, with this pitch, I’m in! Are you?

 

THE DIVINE MONSTER (Warner Bros. Television)

What? chronicles the fall of the wealthy Vega family of Miami, whose real estate empire is built upon decades of greed, corruption, generally bad behavior and an alarming number of curious deaths…

Why? FOX wants a second Empire. And this one might be, with a darker tone and probably no music. As for every family soap, it’s hard to judge on a pitch only. They all look the same… BUT this one is from Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta, and produced by Brett Ratner, who’s supposed to direct the pilot if it’s ordered. Not bad. Oh and I forgot to tell you it’s adapted from a Belgian show…

 

HORRORSTOR (ABC Studios)

What? small screen take on Grady Hendrix’s novel about 26-year-old Amy, who, newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore, only to discover the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways

Why? With Scream Queens, the horror genre proved to be very difficult to impose on a network. But this project is created by Josh Schwartz (The OC, Chuck), the first one he wrote since… Gossip Girl! We want to see that.

 

IN DEEP (20th Century FOX Television / Lionsgate)

What? about undercover FBI agents who live double lives, as they investigate a new case each season…

Why? Anthology dramas are popular these days, and this one looks a bit different thanks to the double agents part of the description. Plus, we haven’t had one in the action department so far. It’s very FOX-y.

 

ON THE LINE (20th Century FOX Television)

What? a female chef, Juna Kim, a man-izing, motorcycle-riding force of nature must battle the banging and brawling chaos of her restaurant staff, the disdain of her old-school Korean parents, and the return of her estranged ex-husband, all while struggling to push her career beyond the famous burger that made her a star…

Why? I doubt FOX will bet on a drama with a mostly asian cast. But one can only hope… More importantly, it would be nice to have a show happening in the restaurant world which is not a comedy. AMC is launching one this year and if it works, FOX would be happy to have one in store. Maybe it’s the next big trend!

 

PROTOCOL ORPHANS (20th Century FOX Television)

What? about a foster family of orphans who are trained by the US government as covert operatives, protecting their country during the day and battling each other at night

Why? I have no idea if the comics book series it’s based on -co-created by actor Peter Facinelli- is any good, but the mix between family drama and action-fulled story doesn’t look bad on paper.

 

SUMMER PEOPLE (Sony Pictures Television)

What?  a fictional version of Martha’s Vineyard, an island known for the movie stars, politicians and Wall Street power brokers who descend there every summer, disrupting the lives of the blue collar locals…

Why? This doesn’t sound like a show we would find on FOX, but I like the idea. It could turn into a sunny and sexy soap. Let’s make it devious and twisty too!

 

UNTITLED NKECHI OKORO CARROLL MEDICAL DRAMA  (20th Century FOX Television)

What? drama about three brilliant young doctors who grew up together in Compton and are reunited at an extraordinary cutting-edge hospital in Beverly Hills…

Why? When every network was looking for a medical drama last year, FOX came up with… Rosewood. Which is mostly a detective drama after all. So maybe it’s time to give a real try at the genre, and this idea doesn’t look bad. And it’s produced by Howard Gordon (24, Homeland, X-Files), meaning it could even be good!

 

WATCHDOG (20th Century FOX Television)

What? drama billed as a new-era procedural about a team of vigilante activists who expose abuses of power – while evading the FBI…

Why? Sounds complex and not fun at all, but they have the balls to present it as something revolutionary, at least for the procedural genre. Give them a chance to prove it! Plus, Jason Winer should direct the pilot. He’s known for directing comedies mostly, like Modern Family & Life in Pieces. Maybe it’s fun after all?

 

COMEDIES

BELLES & WHISTLES (20th Century FOX Television)

What?  about an unfulfilled father who, when fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom

Why? This is a project that could have ended up at ABC! Exactly the kind of family comedy we can expect from them, not from FOX. And with Nashville that could end soon, the city would probably be very happy to have another show shot over there…

 

HOSED (20th Century FOX Television)

What? about volunteer firefighters in America’s second-rainiest town…

Why? That pitch doesn”t say much, except it could be a nice offbeat comedy. It’s produced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell.

 

IN TIME (20th Century FOX Television)

What? revolves around three friends who find a way to travel through time for truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016.  They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.

Why? The duo Chris Miller/Phil Lord behind Last Man On Earth is on fire with multiple projects for FOX, including a reboot of The Greatest American Hero and already picked-up to series Son of Zorn. This one is even more ambitious than the others and could be a very entertaining and smart show to watch on a daily basis, like no other.  PICKED-UP

 

THINK LIKE A MAN (Sony Pictures Television)

What? small screen take on Steve Harvey’s book-turned-film franchise about the never-ending battle of the sexes from four very different points of view: newly married, moving in, breaking up and hooking up

Why? After the “black” drama Empire, FOX would be verry happy to have a black comedy too on the schedule. Think Like A Man, which is very popular, could definitely turn into a hit TV show if it’s made the right way. And since it’s the same team who developed it, it looks like a sure bet!

 

UNTITLED CHERNINS PROJECT (20th Century FOX Television)

What?  about a coarse, blue-collar woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, CT to raise the outrageously spoiled kids of her wealthy sister and brother-in-law, who have fled the country to avoid prosecution for illegal activities

Why? Sounds like the perfect recipee for a cool family comedy with bigger than life characters, as long as the children are not irritating to the point we would just want to change the channel after five minutes!

 

UNTITLED MATT MURRAY PROJECT (Universal Television)

What? about a larger-than-life federal judge and the overworked twentysomethings who clerk for him…

Why? Not many comedies took the legal route lately. It seems like a cool setup for a Parks And Reacreation/Brooklyn Nine Nine-like show. And Michael Schur, the creator of those two, is producing.

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (20th Century FOX Television)

What? comedy in which the hilarious ins-and-outs of an Internet company are revealed as police investigate why everyone who worked there has disappeared

Why? Not sure they could pull off 4-5 seasons with such a concept, but it’s a very original idea nonetheless.

 

What projects are you the most interested in among these? Take your picks!

FOX | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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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

SUNDAYS

8pm- THE SIMPSONS / BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

9pm- FAMILY GUY / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

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.

MONDAYS

8pm- GOTHAM

9pm- MINORITY REPORT

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.

TUESDAYS

8pm- SCREAM QUEENS

9pm- THE GRINDER / GRANDFATHERED

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.

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- ROSEWOOD

9pm- EMPIRE

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.

THURSDAYS

8pm- BONES

9pm- SLEEPY HOLLOW

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.

FRIDAYS

8pm- MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

9pm- NEW GIRL / NEW GIRL

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.

MID-SEASON

Dramas: THE X-FILES / HOUDINI & DOYLE / THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE / LUCIFER

Comedies: BORDERTOWN / THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE

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?

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