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.
|SUN||The OT (NFL Postgame) *||The Simpsons||The Cleveland Show||Family Guy||American Dad|
|TUE||Glee||Raising Hope||Running Wilde|
|WED||Lie to Me||Hell's Kitchen|
|FRI||Human Target||The Good Guys **|
|SAT||Cops||Cops||America's Most Wanted|
|SUN||The Simpsons [reruns]||American Dad||The Simpsons||Bob's Burgers||Family Guy||American Dad|
|TUE||American Idol [90 min.]||Mixed Signals**|
|WED||Raising Hope||American Idol||Glee|
|FRI||Human Target||Kitchen Nightmares|
|SAT||Cops||Cops||America's Most Wanted|
Fox's new programs
First-year series on Fox's schedule during the 2010-11 season include:
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.
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.
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.
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.