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!
THE X-FILES | EMPIRE | GOTHAM | LUCIFER | STAR | LETHAL WEAPON | THE EXORCIST
THE SIMPSONS | FAMILY GUY | BOB’S BURGERS | NEW GIRL | BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | LAST MAN ON EARTH | THE MICK
THE ORVILLE | GIFTED | THE RESIDENT | 911
LA TO VEGAS | GHOSTED
While FOX is in a really tough spot with only declining Empire as a bright light, it’s hard to make a schedule that you can be happy with and proud of. Too many shows that went fractional this season were renewed and the new options don’t look very strong. So whatever happens, FOX is in deep shit. And since they will probaby do an even worse schedule than mine, let’s just say what follows is not a prediction or a wish, just a desperate move…
With The X-Files probably not ready for fall because of a late August shooting, The Gifted is the only show that seems to be able to give new life to monday night. They could pair it with Gotham but I chose Lucifer for two main reasons: stability -it’s its current slot- and compatibility. I expect The Gifted to be family friendly and lighter than Gotham.
FOX should keep New Girl‘s last season -which is rumored to be only 8 episodes- as a filler and try to bank a little bit more on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that could launch a new compatible comedy. LA To Vegas can be considered as a workplace comedy too, since it’s taking place in a airplane and tells the story of the crew and their passengers. Seth MacFarlane’s one-hour sci-fi dramedy The Orville has to air somewhere and Scream Queens‘s previous slot seems to be ready to welcome it. The ratings will probably be ugly but then again, it HAS TO air somewhere right?
While keeping Lethal Weapon at 8 would make sense, finally pairing Star & Empire is the best way to go if FOX wants a full season of Star and to use Lethal Weapon as a launchpad somewhere else. If they’re still serious about an Empire spin-off, it could take over during the hiatus.
I know what you’re thinking : pairing Lethal Weapon & The Resident doesn’t look smart and logical, even more considering the fact that The Resident will have to launch against This Is Us on NBC. And you’re right. BUT honestly, where else FOX can launch the show? Tuesday could have been an option… I’m not sure I can defend this move, other than by saying that I think FOX thinks The Resident will skew more male than medical dramas usually do so the pairing would somehow make sense in that way. Plus, they’re both in the dark humor business. Another possible scenario: they keep it for midseason and put an unscripted fare there like Hell’s Kitchen. Anyway, I put my money on The Resident cancellation after a possibly shortened run.
The fact that The Exorcist has been renewed is overwhelming enough so thinking of moving it to another night is plain crazy. Gotham seems less and less a priority for FOX, especially since they don’t own it, and they have quite an impressive record to let shows they don’t really want anymore die on friday night. Here’s their next victim!
Quirky Ghosted will probably end up there with The Simpsons. Like they did with other quirky entries Son of Zorn & Making History this season (with bad results).
THE X-FILES & not yet ordered THE PASSAGE could make a great pair on monday for 10 weeks while The Gifted -if it’s still alive- and Lucifer go on a hiatus.
The new Ryan Murphy show 911 could take over The Orville slot once the first season is done.
THE MICK could go back behind The Simpsons for a while. Or be paired with NEW GIRL again for a few weeks on tuesday.
More new shows should be ordered until then since FOX is rumored to pick-up a new batch of pilots to shoot this summer.
What do you think? Feel free to comment!