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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.

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.