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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.

The Exorcist (FOX) pilot preview: One more useless nauseating remake nobody asked for

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Pilot “And Let Me Cry Come Unto Thee” written and executive produced by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, Fantastic Four 2015). Based on William Blatty. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Also executive produced by James Robinson (Ace Ventura, Robin Hood, True Romance), David Robinson (Dream House, Two for the Money) & Barbara Wall (Century City). For FOX, 20th Century FOX Television & Morgan Creek Productions. 64 pages.

Description: Two very different men of faith, Father Thomas Ortega and Father Marcus Lang, tackle one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confront the face of true evil…

With Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), Geena Davis (Grey’s Anatomy, Commander in Chief, Thelma & Louise, The Fly), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), Camille Guaty (Scorpion, Prison Break, The Nine), Brianne Howey, Kurt Egyawan, Melissa RussellHannah Kasulka (The Fosters), Alan Ruck (Spin City)…

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It’s a constant for quite some time now: cult horror movies turned into TV series never work. Have you seen Damien, based on The Omen? Even Lifetime didn’t want it and left it to A&E. Horrendous. Have you seen NBC’s version of Rosemary’s Baby? One big pile of shit. Bates Motel is the exception. This show is pretty decent. Or at least was at the beginning. Hannibal? Very good series, but dismal ratings. In fact, even 100% original shows dealing with horror can’t find an audience: 666 Park Avenue, Scream Queens… It’s just not broad enough and not everything can be American Horror Story. Networks learned it the hard way. In the light of these simple facts, why did FOX order The Exorcist reboot to pilot? It’s beyond me. I just don’t get it. We know they are still looking for shows with preexisting name recognition (even if Minority Report flopped hard), but why betting on this one? They are heading towards another huge disappointment if they pick it up to series, which they would be crazy to.

Let’s be honest: The Exorcist is almost nothing for the new generation. Either they haven’t seen it or they didn’t like it. 40 years later, what was bold and disturbing at the time feels comical and boring. Remember. “Stick your cock up her ass, you motherfucking worthless cocksucker.” I guess we became too vulgar to be impressed by such a sentence. For older people, The Exorcist is a movie you can’t just play with. It’s THE classic horror movie. A masterpiece. I don’t even see them tuning in to see how it looks now. They won’t be this curious. So, I really don’t know who this series is made for. If it was for FX, or another cable outlet, why not? But for FOX (a network that doesn’t even air at 10)? Doesn’t make sense. You won’t get any “cock” or “motherfucker”, or other terrible words in the mouth of our new demon (the network version of the movie was censored by the way). She’s nicer than that, it seems. They won’t be able to do something very graphic either. There are limits on networks you just can’t ignore. Maybe that’s why they describe the show as a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller, instead of a horror one. There are maybe two scenes of real horror, where you’re supposed to see scary things like the famous head that rotates 360 degrees, but I’m pretty sure FOX will have to cut them heavily before airing the whole thing. Please note there’s no exorcism performed in the pilot, that could explain why it doesn’t go that far. For now.

There’s nothing much left from the novel/movie. They just took the name, a story that vaguely resembles it and made it a TV show. They insist on the family drama at the center, where Geena Davis, as the mother of the possessed, can do great things. And I have to say this part of the show is interesting. Depressing too. But at least you know it’s not gonna be ridiculous with such an actress. Then you got strange scenes in rural Ethopia, from Father Marcus Lang’s past. Those are, on the contrary, almost ridiculous. It’s all about weird screams and wild animals. It’s too cliché. Most of the pilot is about the daily life of Father Thomas Ortega, our real hero here, the chosen one. Depressing too. He’s very alone, except when he takes care of his sister’s son. It’s dark and painful. And gloomy. And austere. As you can imagine. Those characters are lifeless, even though none of them are supposed to be dead. I’m not saying the pilot is badly written or totally uninteresting, but it’s not engaging, appealing. Unless you are looking for a good reason to commit suicide. And most of all, it doesn’t make an hour long weekly TV series! A 2-hour movie? Yes. A 4-hour mini-series? Workable. But more than that? Nope. I certainly don’t see what FOX saw in it. To me, there’s no potential for a series there, either good bad or bad.

The Exorcist TV series doesn’t belong to FOX, or any other network. It’s just as simple as that. And I don’t believe in the theme of exorcism as something that could work on television. Exorcists are not the new vampires or new zombies. Sorry folks! A better (but not perfect) option is Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, coming to Cinemax in a few weeks (Read the preview). This remake nobody asked for is just useless and nauseating, since it doesn’t even pay a real hommage to the novel/movie. Why bother? I definitely prefer “sucking cocks in Hell” than watching this.