Upfronts: Fox's New Shows and Schedule for 2013-14

  • Publish Date: May 13, 2013
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Updated 2:30pm with trailers for the new shows and more details about upcoming "event" series.

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at Fox's plans for the 2013-14 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...


At a glance

  • Whereas NBC's 2013-14 schedule was filled with changes; Fox's is one of stability, with only a handful of shows canceled and many returning series remaining in familiar time slots next year.
  • Expect a major shakeup for slumping American Idol next season, with changes in the format as well as the likely elimination of one judge position (and potentially all of the judges now on the show).
  • Last week, rumors started circulating that Fox would revive the defunct 24 as a limited series, with (or possibly even without) star Kiefer Sutherland. Those rumors proved to be true: the show (and Sutherland) will return in May 2014 as a 12-episode series titled 24: Live Another Day, with former 24 producer and current Homeland producer Howard Gordon also returning to run things. Events will still take place in chronological order over a single day, but hours will be skipped, so perhaps poor Jack Bauer can finally take a nap.
  • Not counting that half-season of 24, Fox will introduce four new dramas, six new comedies (one animated), and one new reality show next season.
  • Fox will also air its first original miniseries (or "event series" in Fox lingo) in 2014: Wayward Pines, a thriller set in a creepy small town in the Pacific Northwest from director M. Night Shyamalan (based on a novel by Blake Crouch) and starring Matt Dillon. Expect it to arrive next summer.
  • The network previously announced several other miniseries projects that were in development for 2013-14, though there was nothing mentioned about them at the upfronts, so it may be another year or two before they surface. These projects include Seth MacFarlane's update of the science documentary series Cosmos (to be hosted by astrophysicist and space-themed tie aficionado Neil deGrasse Tyson), a remake of Shogun (based on James Clavell's novel set in the 17th century), and The People v. O.J. Simpson, a fictionalized look at the infamous murder trial by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flint). Update: Cosmos will definitely debut in 2014, and the network has also added a Billy the Kid western miniseries to its development pipeline.
  • Fox will air the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014; following the game will be a special episode of New Girl as well as one of Fox's new comedies.

Renewed and canceled

Fox only had one major question mark headed into this week: The Cleveland Show, which was widely reported as canceled last month, only for Fox to then deny the reports. The network still can't seem to make up its mind: no official decision has been made either way.

Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
American Dad!
American Idol
Bob's Burgers
Family Guy
The Following
Hell's Kitchen
Hotel Hell
Kitchen Nightmares
The Mindy Project
The New Girl
Raising Hope
The Simpsons
The X Factor
  Ben and Kate
Cops **
The Mob Doctor
  The Cleveland Show
Does Someone Have to Go? *
The Goodwin Games *
So You Think You Can Dance *

* Season debuts this summer; status will be determined after show airs.
** Canceled by Fox, but new episodes will begin airing on Spike TV this fall.

Fox's 2013-14 primetime schedules

There's quite a bit of stability in Fox's schedule, with the only designated losers being Bones and Raising Hope, which have been banished to Fridays (though Bones will at least start the fall on Monday nights, moving only once the World Series is over). Raising Hope's move will actually launch a new Friday night comedy block for the network, and the network is showing its commitment to comedy by attempting to re-establish a two-hour, four-show comedy block on Tuesdays. Note that returning drama The Following (which will again air for 15 consecutive weeks) and many of the network's newcomers will be held for midseason. Glee will take a break at midseason to allow newcomer Rake to establish itself, with Glee returning in late spring (and running through June). Similarly, Gang Related will also get a very late start and run into the summer.

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

Fox Early Fall 2013 Schedule
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN The OT (full hour) The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad
MON   Bones Sleepy Hollow
TUE   Dads Brooklyn Nine-Nine New Girl The Mindy Project
WED   The X Factor
THU   The X Factor (results) Glee
FRI   Junior MasterChef [Sleepy Hollow reruns]
SAT   Fox Sports Saturday

* New day and/or time

Fox Late 2013 Schedule [after the World Series]
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN The OT The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad
MON   Almost Human Sleepy Hollow
TUE   Dads Brooklyn Nine-Nine New Girl The Mindy Project
WED   The X Factor
THU   The X Factor (results) Glee
FRI   Bones * Raising Hope * Enlisted
SAT   Fox Sports Saturday

* New day and/or time

Fox Midseason Schedule [Partial]
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN tbd The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Family Guy American Dad
MON   tbd The Following
TUE   tbd New Girl The Mindy Project
WED   American Idol
THU   American Idol (results) Rake
FRI   tbd
SAT   Fox Sports Saturday

Not debuting until midseason (day/time tbd):
24: Live Another Day, Gang Related, Hell's Kitchen,, Hotel Hell, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, Murder Police, Surviving Jack, Us & Them

Fox's new shows

The 11 first-year series ordered for Fox's 2013-14 season are detailed below. Pilots that did not get picked up include Delirium (based on Lauren Oliver's sci-fi book trilogy), Boomerang (a John Wells-produced drama about a family of assassins starring Anthony LaPaglia and Felicity Huffman), and The Gabriels (a comedy starring Rob Riggle and Angela Kinsey). Fox has also passed—for now—on a workplace comedy (with a strong cast) based on the blog and book To My Assistant, though it is reportedly being retooled for consideration at midseason.

ImageAlmost Human
DRAMA Mondays at 8p (late 2013)

The second of two new J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi series picked up for next season (along with NBC's Believe), Almost Human comes from Fringe creator J.H. Wyman and is set in the year 2048, when every Los Angeles police officer is paired with a robot partner (apparently, the city's budget problems have been solved!), though the androids look just like humans, so don't expect a bunch of Cylons running around the city. The mostly human-looking cast includes Karl Urban (Star Trek), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones, The Office), and Michael Irby (The Unit).

ImageBrooklyn Nine-Nine
COMEDY Tuesdays at 8:30p

Take Parks & Recreation co-creator Michael Schur and one of that show's writer-producers, Dan Goor, pair them with a stellar cast that includes Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street), Joe Lo Truglio (Reno 911!), comedian Chelsea Peretti (another former Parks & Rec writer), and Terry Crews, add 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and you have one of the season's most promising new comedies—and we haven't even mentioned the premise yet. For what it's worth, it's a cop comedy about a group of detectives in New York's 191st Precinct, with goof-off Samberg forced to adapt to his tough new by-the-book boss (Braugher).

COMEDY Tuesdays at 8p

Created by the team behind last summer's hit big-screen comedy Ted, Dads is Seth MacFarlane's first live-action comedy for Fox. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi star as a pair of 30-somethings who are successful founders of a video game company whose somewhat stable lives are upended when their fathers (Martin Mull, Peter Riegert) move in with them. There were rumblings that the pilot wasn't great, but don't bet against MacFarlane.

COMEDY Fridays at 9:30p (late 2013)

Three very different brothers work together at a small Army base in Florida. Geoff Stults (The Finder) plays the natural leader, who is assigned to the base's Rear Detachment (composed of the misfits who aren't good enough to be sent overseas to the frontlines) as punishment after a fight with a superior officer. Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) is the smart but cynical middle brother, and Parker Young (who is departing Suburgatory) is the overenthusiastic youngest sibling. The single-camera comedy comes from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel.

ImageGang Related
DRAMA tbd May 2014

Though it has no chance at being as gritty as The Shield, this Brian Grazer-produced crime procedural also centers on an elite police task force in Los Angeles charged with suppressing gang activity but sometimes falling on the wrong side of the law themselves. Here, though, the morally-challenged cop (Ramon Rodriguez, Charlie's Angels) is operating alone: he's actually a gang member who has been working in law enforcement for a decade and now finds his loyalties torn between both sides. Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA also star, and the show was created by Chris Morgan (screenwriter of three Fast & Furious movies).

Junior MasterChef
REALITY Fridays at 8p

This cooking competition spin-off from Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef borrows the format but features younger contestants. Make that much younger: the "chefs" will range in age from eight to 13.

ImageMurder Police
COMEDY tbd midseason

The second of two cop comedies airing on Fox next season, this one is animated, and comes from one of the producers of Family Guy (David A. Goodman) as well as animator Jason Ruiz, who also heads the voice cast. Joining him are the voices of Jane Lynch, Will Sasso, Chi McBride, and Phil LaMarr (Futurama). Let's just say they're not the best cops in the world.

DRAMA Thursdays at 9p (midseason)

Reportedly one of Fox's best pilots this year, Rake looks to fill the antihero professional void left by House. Greg Kinnear takes his first regular series television starring role (he also hosted Talk Soup and Later in the 1990s and received an Emmy nomination for The Kennedys miniseries) as a brilliant but acerbic criminal defense attorney, who is great at his job but speaks his mind too freely and whose self-destructive behavior has left him with problems with gambling, the IRS, and an ex-wife. The dramedy is based on an acclaimed Australian series (whose creator, Peter Duncan, is also on board here as a producer), and the pilot was directed by Sam Raimi. Miranda Otto and John Ortiz (Luck) also star.

ImageSleepy Hollow
DRAMA Mondays at 9p (repeats Fridays at 9p)

Frequent J.J. Abrams collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) are behind this supernatural thriller based loosely on Washington Irving's 19th century story. Relatively unknown English actor Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane, a Revolutionary War soldier who somehow time travels to the present day, though even now he is haunted by the Headless Horseman (who happens to be the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) and is also wrongly indicted for the murder of a police officer. And is a Freemason. And sees the ghost of his dead wife.

ImageSurviving Jack
COMEDY tbd midseason

Remember CBS' short-lived Twit-com $#*! My Dad Says? That show's creator, Justin Halpern, is trying once again to adapt his own material, though this time it's his memoir (I Suck at Girls) rather than a Twitter feed, which should presumably provide for slightly more in-depth storylines. (It also helps that Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence is on board as executive producer.) Christopher Meloni (True Blood, Law & Order: SVU) and Connor Buckley (Deception) star in this comedy about "a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before 'coming of age' was something you could Google." In other words, it's about a father and his teenage son during the 1990s.

ImageUs & Them
COMEDY tbd midseason

Adapted from the acclaimed British comedy Gavin & Stacey, this single-camera comedy stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as a new couple who attempt to make a long-distance romance work after meeting online, while also overcoming their eccentric families' numerous differences. Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!), Dustin Ybarra, and Kurt Fuller also star, while Michael Ian Black guests. This is the third attempt at bringing Gavin & Stacey to America, with adaptations in development at NBC (2008) and ABC (2009) never progressing to the pilot stage, but apparently the third time's the charm.

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Comments (1)

  • JackD  

    Great news about 24....but is it true Jack Bauer is going to have an autistic non-speaking son named Jake to help him?

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