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!
GOTHAM | EMPIRE | STAR | LETHAL WEAPON | 9-1-1 | THE ORVILLE | THE GIFTED | THE RESIDENT
THE SIMPSONS | FAMILY GUY | BOB’S BURGERS | LAST MAN STANDING
THE PASSAGE | PROVEN INNOCENT
THE COOL KIDS | REL
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | THE LAST MAN ON EARTH | THE MICK
TO BE DETERMINED
L.A. TO VEGAS | GHOSTED
This is the end of an era for FOX with the Disney deal -yet no approved- forcing them to rethink the network as we knew it. Always considered as edgier than the others, younger-skewing too and more male, New FOX, or “Diet FOX” as some like to call it, will make a big push into sports with the Thursday Night Football already set and other events coming later like the rights for WWE. As a consequence, they will bet on more traditional programs, as the Last Man Standing comes back suggests, and will try to steal older viewers to CBS. Next fall’s schedule will probably be a mix between the “old FOX” and what the new FOX would look like. A recipee for disaster? We’ll see. Here’s my take on how it could/should be:
Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1 is the only big hit FOX found last year and it’s expected to be back in the fall, with a scheduling possibly resembling Empire‘s : 8 episodes in the fall and 8 episodes in the spring. Even though it would make sense to use it as a lead-in for a new show, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to use it instead on a show that is still relatively new and that seems compatible. Dark medical drama The Resident did quite okay in season one and a little push could be what it needs to really become something.
At the moment I’m writing this article, we still don’t know if Lethal Weapon will be back or not, depending on how the giant mess they’re in because of Clayne Crawford’s alleged behaviour is sorted out. But if it is renewed, I wouldn’t move it. Considering the bloodbath in FOX’s comedy department, I don’t expect comedies being back at 9. Instead, I would launch a new show and since they only approved 2, I guess Proven Innocent, while not promising at all, seems the one that fits best with Lethal Weapon as yet another character-driven procedural. It’s probably darker but none of the new shows are light anyway…
Empire is not the big hit it once was anymore but its duet with Star is a force to be reckoned with. FOX shouldn’t touch it. And they need some stability somewhere…
Putting Last Man Standing back where it was when it aired on ABC for several years seems like the easiest decision to take. Pairing it with The Cool Kids is also a given, since it was probably picked-up for this very reason. I don’t know if people will show up for this combo but with the Thursday Night Football airing the evening before it, they’ll have many occasions to advertise it. The traditional friday cooking show is an option at 9. And if somehow Gotham is renewed, it could also end up there.
Now almost all live comedies are gone, I don’t see what FOX could do other than putting a drama at 9. Not any drama: Seth MacFarlane’s weird space dramedy that did better than expected last fall. It’d be kind of MacFarlane’s night with his documentary show Cosmos that could come back once The Orville‘ second season -probably limited- ends. They could also try new multicamera comedy Rel at some point with either LA to Vegas or something they’ll order later since they’re working on off-cycle pilots and redeveloping others like Dan The Weatherman…
THE PASSAGE – This new supernatural/vampire show could air alongside X-Men‘s THE GIFTED, that was renewed somehow and I feel like FOX kinda regret it now. I don’t expect if to be back in the fall, though it means a very long absence that will probably resonate into weaker ratings. Whether the pair will air on monday or wednesday is a question mark…
PRISON BREAK – Though a new season has not yet been approved, it’s very much likely. It could be back on monday or tuesday…