Upfronts: Fox Announces 2010-11 Primetime Schedule

  • Publish Date: May 17, 2010
  • Comments: ↓ 9 user comments

The highlights

2010-11 New Shows
Comedies 4
Dramas 3

Stability is the name of the game for Fox. The network will gradually introduce just seven new programs throughout the year, and you'll notice familiar names on the schedule every night of the week.

  • It didn't seem likely a month ago, but Fox is bringing back both "Lie to Me" and "Human Target" next season. Both series will have new showrunners, and each will get shortened seasons of 13 episodes. ("Target" has the additional burden of a Friday night timeslot.)
  • "American Idol" will of course be back (though without Simon Cowell, whose replacement has not yet been selected), but will not occupy as much of Fox's schedule. The Tuesday performance segment will shrink to 90 minutes, while Wednesday's results show will occupy just half an hour.
  • Fox will air the Super Bowl next winter, and has already selected "Glee" as the program that will air after the game.
  • The former showrunner for "Lie to Me," Shawn Ryan, will bring his new Chicago-based cop drama to Fox next season. Ryan is best known for creating the acclaimed police drama "The Shield."
  • Among the other six programs set to debut next season are a new comedy from the creator of "Arrested Development," and a big-budget prehistoric action-adventure from Steven Spielberg ("Terra Nova").
  • Tuesday nights will be comedy nights (at least in the fall) for the network, with two sitcoms scheduled in addition to the returning "Glee."

Below, we take a closer look at Fox's projected schedules, followed by descriptions of the network's new programs.

Fox's primetime schedules

In addition to the shows listed below, the new series "Terra Nova" has been picked up for the 2010-11 season but does not yet have a timeslot.

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedules below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

Fox Fall 2010 Schedule
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN The OT (NFL Postgame) * The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad
MON   House Lonestar
TUE   Glee Raising Hope Running Wilde
WED   Lie to Me Hell's Kitchen
THU   Bones Fringe
FRI   Human Target The Good Guys **
SAT   Cops Cops America's Most Wanted

* Fox's NFL postgame show airs live in all timezones.
** New show The Good Guys premieres this week and will air throughout the summer.

Fox Winter 2011 Schedule
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN The Simpsons [reruns] American Dad The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad
MON   House Ride-Along *
TUE   American Idol [90 min.] Mixed Signals**
WED   Raising Hope American Idol Glee
THU   Bones Fringe
FRI   Human Target Kitchen Nightmares
SAT   Cops Cops America's Most Wanted

* Ride-Along will share this timeslot with Lonestar
** Mixed Signals will share this timeslot with Running Wilde

Fox's new programs

ImageBob's Burgers

First-year series on Fox's schedule during the 2010-11 season include:

Bob's Burgers
The latest cartoon comedy to appear in Fox's "Animation Domination" block on Sundays comes from some of the same talent that created the cult hit "Home Movies," and centers on a family-owned hamburger shop in an out-of-the-way location. The comedian-heavy vocal cast includes H. Jon Benjamin ("Home Movies"), Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal ("Flight of the Conchords")


Lonestar (formerly known as Midland)
A charismatic con artist (Jimmy Wolk) juggles two lives (with two different women) in two Texas cities in this soapy drama that centers on the state's oil industry. Jon Voight also stars.

Mixed Signals (formerly known as Traffic Light)
Based on a hit Israeli series, this comedy focuses on three male friends who are in different stages of their relationships. Bob Fisher, who co-wrote Wedding Crashers, executive produces and penned the pilot.

ImageRaising Hope

Raising Hope (formerly known as Keep Hope Alive)
A 25-year-old man suddenly finds himself raising an infant as a single parent, with the rest of his quirky family along for the ride. This offbeat family comedy from Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl") stars Lucas Neff, Cloris Leachman, and Martha Plimpton.


"The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan returns to the cop genre with this fast-paced new drama set in Chicago, centering on a rogue cop and the city's first female police chief. The ensemble cast features Billy Lush, Delroy Lindo, Devin Kelley, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria, and Todd Williams.


ImageRunning Wilde

Running Wilde (formerly Wilde Kingdom)
"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz re-teams with star Will Arnett (also one of the new show's writers) for this single-camera comedy about a wealthy but immature Beverly Hills jerk (Arnett) who falls for a “charitable tree-hugging woman” (Keri Russell) who can't stand him.

Terra Nova
A regular family from the year 2149 travels back in time to prehistoric earth in an effort to save the human race from an environmental catastrophe in this dinosaur-filled action-adventure produced by Steven Spielberg. The show's writing staff will include Brannon Braga and David Fury from "24," and producers have promised that despite the ongoing storyline, episodes will be mostly stand-alone in nature.

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Comments (9)

  • Evin Coronado  

    Hopefuly Greg Garcia will give us another good show.

  • m  

    Bob's Burgers, Terra Nova, and Running Wilde look interesting.
    The rest look terrible IMO.

  • Dan  

    Not every thing he's touched lately is bad, I like some of it, that's just your opinion anyway.

  • Christopher  

    I said everything Spielberg has touched "lately". I can't deny the fact that he was a top tier director in the 80's and 90's.

  • Umm  

    Isn't raising hope the show Brian wrote on family guy but instead of the drama he wrote the network turns it into a sitcom?

  • Dan  

    Those show look promising, and Christopher not everything Spielberg has touched is bad.

  • Christopher  

    I have to say that I'm pretty damn excited about Running Wilde.
    Can't say that about Terra Nova. Anything Spielberg has touched lately has been complete garbage.

  • Khaled M.  

    The only show that got my attention would be Ride-Along
    Terra Nova sounds extremely ridiculous...
    Still waiting for a proper successor to LOST, though I definitely doubt it any time soon

  • Mitch Tough  

    Lonestar looks like it will awesome - esp with Tyra from Friday Night Lights back in a Texas drama. oh yes....

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