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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?

FOX | 2016-2017 – 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 | EMPIRE | SLEEPY HOLLOW | GOTHAM | LUCIFER | SCREAM QUEENS | ROSEWOOD | THE X-FILES ?

New dramas ordered: PRISON BREAK | SHOTS FIRED | 24: LEGACY | STAR | PITCH | THE EXORCIST | LETHAL WEAPON | APB

Comedies renewed: THE SIMPSONS | FAMILY GUY | NEW GIRL | BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

New comedies ordered: SON OF ZORN | MAKING HISTORY | THE MICK

 

For their first “real” season with projects they developed themselves and without American Idol in the spring, FOX presidents rely heavily on well-known brands, leaving very few space for originality, except on the comedy side where there are ambitious concepts, not based on any previous material. Their schedule will probably work through multiple events: Prison Break being one, as well as miniseries Shots Fired and a likely return of The X-Files somewhere during the year. They have what they need to do better than this year. But doing great, probably not. They’re not there yet.

 

MONDAYS

PRISON BREAK

24: LEGACY

Betting on a male-oriented duo that worked in the past, against more feminine Dancing With The Stars & The Voice on ABC & NBC, seems to be the best –aggressive– way to go on mondays during fall season for FOX. Those shows have to avoid football on Thursdays on CBS then NBC. And there’s simply no other acceptable option. 24: Legacy is a 12-episode season while Prison Break is only there for 9 weeks. Miniseries Shots Fired could be used there as a bridge show. Then The X-Files could be back for a new batch of episodes. Paired with The Exorcist? It would totally make sense, especially since FOX seems to be really high on the series. And launching it on Fridays, where it will probably end up at some point, wouldn’t make sense.

 

TUESDAYS

NEW GIRL / THE MICK

SCREAM QUEENS

So yeah, Scream Queens got a second season despite awful live numbers and now they have to put it on the schedule no matter what. Let’s say FOX will mostly give up on Tuesday one more year, with the Ryan Murphy’s flop staying at 9 and New Girl getting paired with The Mick, meaning this new comedy about a trashy heroine trying to be good will probably end up down the drain sooner or later. For midseason, once Scream Queens has ended, light fare Lethal Weapon could be an option to take over the slot if FOX doesn’t go for a comedy night with Brooklyn Nine-Nine returning.

 

WEDNESDAYS 

STAR
EMPIRE

No need to explain this scheduling obviousness. But let’s remember FOX doesn’t want to put Empire at 8. And Star, a lighter fare, should skew a bit younger than the hit show. If Rosewood was able to pull decent numbers in this timeslot, Star can at least do as good, and certainly will do better. There’s an alternative though: keeping Star in the wings for the months when Empire is gone. In this configuration, Rosewood could return at 8. Or Pitch could take over. But I feel like Pitch can become the new Empire if they play their cards right (like using baseball season to promote it heavily). It has a ton of potential and could surprise many. So a Rosewood/Pitch pairing would make sense during winter. Miniseries Shots Fired could end up there too.

 

THURSDAYS

GOTHAM

LUCIFER

Against football & TGIT, FOX has to play it safe on Thursday. At least during fall. The current monday slate, which is doing okay, could be transfered over here. For midseason, they could be more ambitious, with APB to start the night for example.

 

FRIDAYS

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

SLEEPY HOLLOW

Okay, Masterchef Junior & Sleepy Hollow make an odd pair. But Sleepy Hollow is bound to Fridays now, where it will die. The 4th season has been ordered for syndication purposes only. They won’t give it a more exposed timeslot. And Masterchef Junior is… the show FOX put where there’s a hole in the schedule. They will probably use the first weeks of the season to encore 24: Legacy & Star before it takes over in november. And I think they should keep the last season of utility player Bones as a midseason filler, whether it’s on friday or somewhere else on the schedule.

 

SUNDAYS

THE SIMPSONS / SON OF ZORN

FAMILY GUY / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

The Last Man On Earth‘s creators have two new shows hitting the air next year on FOX and the first season of Son of Zorn is already halfway shot. Meaning it’s a priority. Fall spot. The other one, Making History, could take over during spring, using the same strategy as the first season of The Last Man On Earth, which was a success at the time. Brooklyn Nine-Nine could be used to fill the holes when/if needed.

 

MIDSEASON

BONES | MAKING HISTORY | SHOTS FIRED | PITCH | LETHAL WEAPON | APB | THE EXORCIST

 

Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.

Pitch (FOX) pilot preview: Empire, sports edition

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Created by Dan Fogelman (GalavantThe Neighbors, Crazy Stupid Love, Tangled) & Rick Singer (Younger, American Dad!, Suddenly Susan).Directed by Paris Barclay (Sons of Anarchy, In Treatment, Cold Case, NYPD Blue). Executive produced by Dan Fogelman, Paris Barclay, Tony Bill (Flyboys), Helen Bartlett & Rick Singer. For FOX, 20th Century FOX Television & Rhode Island Ave. Productions. 60 pages.

Description: The incredible story of Ginny Bakera young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major baseball leagues. She now has to deal with celebrity-every little girl in America want to be her growing up- and her teammates, who are not happy having a woman on the field…

With Kylie Bunbury (Twisted, Under The Dome), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash, NYPD Blue, Saved by the Bell), Ali Larter (Heroes), Mark Consuelos (Kingdom, All My ChildrenMo McRae (Wild, The Butler, Sons of Anarchy), Meagan Holder, Tim Jo (The Neighbors)…

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Here’s a tip for aspiring writers out there: read at least once a script written by Dan Fogelman, whether it’s for his movies or series. You’ll learn a lot. This man has something special that’s always great on the page. And most of the time, it turns into something great on the screen too. Funny, emotional, offbeat: those are the three words that describe his work best. This pilot season, he got two orders: one for dramedy Thirty-Six at NBC (Read the preview) and one for baseball drama Pitch at FOX, he co-wrote with Rick Singer. Don’t know what’s gonna happen if both are picked-up to series, but it would be great news for us, viewers. For the networks, it’s another story.

So far, his series were critically acclaimed (not instantly for The Neighbors, quickly for Galavant) but didn’t become hits. And that’s because he’s hugely talented that he’s still there. Clearly. You don’t get that many chances when you’re not. With Pitch he is onto something. FOX surely hopes it could become a big hit like Empire. Like an “Empire: Sports Edition”. It seems like it was conceived as such. They definitely share something. Did they ask him to create a show around baseball when he signed an exclusive deal with 20th Century FOX Television? Wouldn’t be far-fetched actually. If Pitch and Empire are paired on the schedule, then magic could happen! And if FOX uses the Baseball World Series to launch it, chances are getting bigger and bigger for it to become huge. It all makes sense in a purely strategic perspective. But if the show’s not good, then nothing’s gonna happen.

I’m not a sports person and certainly not a baseball person. However, I found this pilot about a female pitcher really interesting. Probably because it’s written by him. Somebody else would probably treat the same subject with way too much seriousness. It’s not what he did. He’s funny, so the script is funny. He’s sensitive, so the script is sensitive. And well, maybe it’s not as offbeat as his previous comedies but a few characters are a bit weird though. So if you like what he did before, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy Pitch. And honestly, it’s hard not to fall in love with our heroin, Ginny Baker, like America did in the story. She has a life story that will make you whimper a little. And she’s admirable for who she is and what she represents: a woman breaking the glass ceiling in the male dominated world of baseball. Will male viewers accept her best than her teammates? That’s the only real question. Sexism is a powerful force…

Fogelman describes her as “Hillary Clinton with sex appeal”, “a Kardashian with a skill set”. I thought you should know. And she’s black. I have to point it because of my Empire comparison. The cast is meant to be diverse with a focus on afro-americans, which is logical because of the context of the show. That’s one common point. The other one being the treatment of the subject of fame. She’s not a celebrity, she’s a star, whether she likes it or not, and she has now a whole team around her, following her every step, to make sure she doesn’t make any mistakes publicly. Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) is her PR guru/protector and she’s funny as hell; Eliot Berger works with her and helps to manage Ginny’s social media accounts, and he’s cool. Then you have her brother, her mother, and her teammates/haters, one of whom being a player she admired a lot…before she met him. They all form an interesting group of characters we don’t get to see much on scripted television since series about sports are rare.

Network executives tend to think TV series about sports are too “niche” to please a huge crowd (Friday Night Lights was, it’s true). Which doesn’t really make sense since live sports get the biggest ratings on television! Pitch is here to prove the genre is not doomed. With the right angle and the right writers, everything is possible!  Baseball fans AND non-baseball fans could enjoy the show so much… FOX’s better bet on it and defy the odds!