Upfronts: Fox's New Shows and 2018-19 Schedule

  • Publish Date: May 14, 2018
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Updated 3:14pm to add trailers for the new shows.

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at Fox's plans for the 2018-19 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...


Highlights and notes

  • After ordering just six new shows a year ago, Fox announced only four newcomers for the upcoming 2018-19 season, evenly split between drama and comedy. Those shows are detailed at the bottom of this page.
  • Joining those new series is another show that is new—to Fox. One year after being canceled by ABC after six seasons, the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing has been revived as a Fox series. (Fox's sister company 20th Century Fox TV produces the show, which makes it more profitable for Fox to air it than it was for ABC to do so.) It is part of a strategic shift by Fox into multi-camera, in-studio comedies (i.e., traditional sitcoms) and away from slightly edgier, more serialized, single-camera shows like the beloved but canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man on Earth. Fox hasn't aired a multi-camera sitcom in years, but will have three next season.
  • Last Man Standing will be part of a new Friday-night comedy block, Fox's first in nearly a decade.
  • One reason the network ordered so few shows is that Fox will take over Thursday Night Football broadcasts from CBS, beginning in late September. It's a five-year deal, giving Fox the rights to 11 Thursday games per season. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be in the booth for the Thursday games. (Another reason for the lack of new titles is the pending sale of Fox's production arm to Disney, which will leave the network without an in-house supplier of programming.)
  • Bubble show Lethal Weapon managed a last-minute renewal, but there will be a major casting change for its third season. Seann William Scott (American Pie) will replace Clayne Crawford as the show's star (alongside Damon Wayans), though he will be playing a new character.
  • That series, like all of Fox's dramas aside from Empire and Star, will find itself in a new timeslot this fall. Both of the network's new drama shows will be held for midseason, as will The Orville (which launches with a two-hour premiere on December 30th).
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt will replace Connie Britton as a cast regular for the second season of 9-1-1, which will get a special post-football Sunday premiere in late September before moving to its new Monday 9p timeslot.
  • As previously announced, a sequel to the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted reboot of Cosmos called Cosmos: Possible Worlds will air as a miniseries in the spring.
  • Also previously announced: a live production of the musical Rent, which will air on January 27, 2019.
  • The network has no plans to revive The X-Files a third time. (Star Gillian Anderson has stated that she wouldn't return for another season.) However, Fox is working on a reboot of another of its long-running shows, 24. And a second reboot of Prison Break is also in the early stages of development.

Renewed and canceled

While most renewal decisions were made earlier in the week, Gotham was renewed for one last (likely shortened) season last night, leaving only the first-year comedies Ghosted and LA to Vegas on the bubble heading into this morning. Both shows remain in limbo, with the network indicating that a decision has not been made either way (and may not come for another serveral months).

Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
Bob's Burgers
Family Guy
The Gifted
Hell's Kitchen
Lethal Weapon
MasterChef Junior
The Orville
The Resident
Showtime at the Apollo
The Simpsons
  Brooklyn Nine-Nine **
The Exorcist
The Last Man on Earth
The Mick
New Girl
The X-Files
  American Grit
Beat Shazam *
The F Word With Gordon Ramsay
The Four: Battle for Stardom *
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back *

Love Connection *
MasterChef *
So You Think You Can Dance *

* Season debuts this summer; status will be determined after show airs.
** Picked up by NBC after cancellation by Fox.

Fox's 2018-19 primetime schedule

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

Fox Fall 2018 Schedule
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
SUN (NFL) (NFL or reruns) The Simpsons Bob's Burgers * Family Guy Rel
MON   The Resident * 9-1-1 *
TUE   The Gifted * Lethal Weapon *
WED   Empire Star
THU   Pregame Thursday Night Football **
FRI   Last Man Standing The Cool Kids Hell's Kitchen *
SAT Fox College Football

* New day and/or time
** Thursday Night Football airs live coast-to-coast at 8p ET/5p PT (preceded by a 30-minute live pregame show)

Midseason debuts that do not yet have a day/time:
Cosmos, Gotham, The Orville, The Passage, Proven Innocent

Fox's new shows at a glance

The four first-year series ordered for Fox's 2018-19 season are detailed below. Pilots that did not get picked up by the network include musical drama/romance Mixtape, multicultural family sitcom Our Family, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's crime novel Gone, Baby, Gone, the Katie Holmes drama No Apologies, and Erin Foster's semi-autobiographical comedy Daddy Issues, though those latter two projects aren't entirely dead and still have a slim chance at a later pickup. In addition, Thomas Lennon's comedy pilot Dan the Weatherman is being reworked and will have another shot at cracking the lineup at midseason, as will the Lake Bell/Dax Shepard comedy Bless This Mess, which won't film its pilot until next month.

The Cool KidsThe Cool Kids
COMEDY Fridays at 8:30p

One of the reasons that Fox just canceled so many of its comedies is that, as modern single-camera shows, they weren't stylistically compatible with new pickup Last Man Standing, which is a traditional multi-camera sitcom. That's why both of the network's comedy newcomers in 2018-19 are also of the multi-camera variety. (Note that ABC didn't feel a comparable need to pair Roseanne with another multi-camera sitcom.) The Cool Kids is created by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day (along with writer Paul Fruchbom), and is produced by most of Day's Always Sunny co-stars. But don't let the title fool you: The other aspect of the show that makes it unusual for Fox is that there is no one even remotely resembling a kid (or a 20-something) in the cast. All of its stars (Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Martin Mull) are playing septuagenarians living in a retirement community—albeit one with as many cliques as a high school.

The PassageThe Passage
DRAMA coming in midseason

The first new Fox series to get the green light for 2018-19, The Passage is based on Justin Cronin's genre-blending vampire(-ish) book trilogy of the same name (though will seemingly focus on just the first part of the story). Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars as federal agent Brad Wolgast, who finds himself serving as a surrogate father to a 10-year-old girl who is a test subject for a secret government medical experiment that has the potential to eliminate all disease—or wipe out the human race. Emmanuelle Chriqui and Vincent Piazza also star. The adaptation comes from Liz Heldens (Deception, Mercy) and counts Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves among its producers. The series actually is a retooled version of a pilot shot a year ago, when it just missed the cut for the 2017-18 lineup, and it is unclear how much of the supernatural and horror aspects of the books is retained. Fox certainly isn't using the word "vampire" to describe the show (the book doesn't, either), but the network does briefly refer to "a dangerous new race of beings."

Proven InnocentProven Innocent
DRAMA coming in midseason

This legal procedural is set at a law firm that specializes in representing wrongfully convicted clients. Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Russell Hornsby (Grimm), Nikki M. James (BrainDead), and Riley Smith (Frequency) star. The series was created by David Elliot (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and is produced by Danny Strong (Empire).

COMEDY Sundays at 9:30p

A vehicle for Get Out and The Carmichael Show supporting star Lil Rel Howery, Fox's second new multi-camera sitcom counts several other Carmichael Show veterans among its producers, including Jerrod Carmichael himself, plus Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz (who are credited as creators along with Howery). Howery plays a version of himself as he tries to build a new life in Chicago as a single father after he discovers that his wife is cheating on him with his barber. (He also needs a new barber.) Sinbad co-stars as Howery's father, and Mike Scully (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation) will be the showrunner.

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