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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


 

LETHAL


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.

FOX 2016/2017 Comedy Pilots ranked

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FOX and comedies, a flop story that never disappoints! Once again this year, none of the comedies launched worked, but both Grandfathered & The Grinder managed to get a full first season. One of them might even get a pity renewal. Midseason entry Cooper Barret’s Guide to Surviving Life went down the drain quickly, same as animated comedy Bordertown. Even the past hits —The Simpsons, Family Guy & New Girl— pulled terrible numbers lately. Once promising Brooklyn Nine-Nine & The Last Man On Earth are already low. Meaning FOX expectations for next season are not very high. If one of the new comedies manage to stay above 1.0, they’re gonna be happy! And that’s a good thing since their okay slate probably doesn’t contain any possible breakout. Let’s see!

 

  1. MAKING HISTORY (20th Century FOX Television)

rate rate rate rate  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… With Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester…

In the time-travel craze of this pilot season (with Time at NBC & Time After Time at ABC), it’s the only comedy vying for an order and there’s no reason why it wouldn’t get it. It’s a brilliant and ambitious high-concept comedy with an awesome cast, from The Last Man On Earth and Lego movie team. They have plenty to do, so many time periods to visit, that it could last for years. Shortened seasons would fit better, but if it works they won’t resist to go full 22…

 

2. CHARITY CASE (20th Century FOX Television / ABC Studios)

rate rate rate rate  When Hailey inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity, the Waller Foundation, she quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined. With her team of assistants/nannies, she tries to become a good person… With Courteney Cox, Kyle Bornheimer, Dan Gill, Isiah Whitlock Jr…

A solid vehicle for Courteney Cox -and we only wish her the best, really, but maybe it’s soon to come back though- but it’s probably not the big broad comedy FOX is desperately looking for. The opening scene is hilarious, many lines made me laugh, secondary characters are more than okay, a number of situations still light up my face when I think about it…

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3. THE MICK (20th Century FOX Television)

rate rate rate  a hard-living, foul mouthed woman moves to affluent Greenwich, CT to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what the rest of us already know — other people’s children are awful…  With Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black d’Elia, Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca…

Exactly what you’d expect from FOX when they’re at their best. Not much originality going on there but it’s both funny and irreverent. Made me think of Ben & Kate from a few years back.

 

4. CHAD (20th Century FOX Television)

rate rate rate  centers on a 14-year-old boy in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks… With Nasim Pedrad, Matthew Mindler…

The fact that a full grown-up woman plays a 14-year-old boy is the only original thing in this okay but predictable comedy pilot, that is supposed to be voiced-over by Kiefer Sutherland but I’m not sure ABC would allow him since he’ll be back on the network with Designated Survivor. It works very much like ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat by the way. Too much?

 

5. WINNING UGLY (20th Century FOX Television)

rate rate rate Jay “Havoc” Hammond,  an African American, ex-NFL lineman recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood. The project is based on Case’s experience as a teenager growing up with a black stepdad, an ex-football player, who married his white mom… With Becki Newton, Bill Bellamy, Joshua Carlon, Steele Stebbins…

The annual Becki Newton-led pilot, better than others she made in the past quite frankly. It’s a quite good interracial family comedy. Too many jokes about sports for me, but it’s broad, for once at FOX. It’s a bit like a CBS comedy disguised as an ABC comedy.

 

6. THE ENFORCERS (Warner Bros. Television)

rate rate rate about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code  Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse… With Niecy Nash, Christine Woods, Ian Gomez, Ryan Hansen…

I really like this cast. The script is okay. But doesn’t FOX already have Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the same vein? Actually, it made me think even more to Angie Tribeca. Same kind of humor. It’s not broad enough. It’s not for FOX. Or any network. It belongs on cable. FX?

 

7. HR (20th Century FOX Television)

rate rate rate around Jane, who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future… With Judy Greer, Jon Daly, Patton Oswalt, Esai Morales…

I adore Judy Greer but I still think she’s better in a secondary role or as a sidekick than as the lead. HR is a nice little workplace comedy that doesn’t reinvent the genre. It can’t compare to The Office or Parks And Reacreation. FOX has better options.

 

SON OF ZORN (20th Century FOX Television) – Picked-up to series

Upon arriving home for the first time in ten years, an animated Barbarian father finds that reconnecting with his moody, live-action teenage son, Alan, and ex-wife while suffering a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world… With Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Johnny Pemberton…

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