Next network to release their fall schedule at Upfronts was Fox. Below is the schedule. Check out the Fall line up and the descriptions of the new shows below.
Canceled Shows: Backstrom, The Following, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, Red Band Society, Weird Loners
Returning Shows: Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow
New Shows: Bordertown, The Frankenstein Code, Grandfathered, The Grinder, The Guide To Surviving Life, Lucifer, Minority Report, Rosewood, Scream Queens, X-Files
|Tuesday||Grandfathered||The Grinder||Scream Queens|
|Friday||Masterchef Junior||World’s Funniest|
|Saturday||Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College footbal|
|Sunday||The Simpsons||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Family Guy||The Last Man On Earth|
Note: Not on schedule above – Bob’s Burgers airs at 7:30 on Sunday
The New Shows
Official Synopsis: From FAMILY GUY’s Mark Hentemann comes BORDERTOWN, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. The series takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, ethnic minorities will become the majority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the comedy explores family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink. BORDERTOWN centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. BUD BUCKWALD (Hank Azaria, THE SIMPSONS) is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to ERNESTO GONZALEZ (Nicholas Gonzalez, SLEEPY HOLLOW), an ambitious family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for Bud. Bud is married to JANICE BUCKWALD (Alex Borstein, FAMILY GUY), both the wisest and most oblivious member of the family. The Buckwald kids include BECKY (Borstein), a socially awkward, big-boned geek; SANFORD (Judah Friedlander, “30 Rock”), a loser who thinks he’s a player; and GERT (Missi Pyle, “The Exes,” “Galaxy Quest”), a beauty pageant-obsessed five-year-old with a pet pig. Meanwhile, living the American Dream next door are the Gonzalezes, including MARIA (Stephanie Escajeda, “100 Things To Do Before High School”), Ernesto’s no-nonsense wife; their son, RUIZ (guest voice Efren Ramirez, “Napoleon Dynamite”); and their 21-year-old nephew, J.C. (Gonzalez), a graduate student who is engaged to Becky and frequently butts heads with Bud. As Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their two families soon become bound by romance, conflict and, perhaps most importantly, friendship – a word that means the same, no matter what side of the border you’re from. Mark Hentmann serves as writer and executive producer Seth MacFarlane also executive produces. Alex Carter and Dan Vebber are co-executive producers. Bordertown is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Format: Half Hour Animated Comedy
Cast: Alex Borstein, Stephanie Escajeda, Judah Friedlander
Initial Impressions: Bordertown is back on the list. It never actually premiered last year, but it seems to be vying for a place on the schedule this year.
The Frankenstein Code
Official Synopsis: What would you do with a second chance? From executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”) comes THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE, a modern reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old JIMMY PRITCHARD (guest star Philip Baker Hall, “Modern Family,” “Magnolia”) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, Pritchard was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, some 15 unkind years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent DUVAL PRITCHARD (Tim DeKay, “White Collar”), one of his three children. But death is surprisingly short for Jimmy, who is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins MARY GOODWIN (Dilshad Vadsaria, “Revenge”) and her brother, OTTO (Adhir Kalyan, “Rules of Engagement”), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities of which he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) is given a second chance at life. What will he do with it? Will he seek vengeance against those who killed him? Will he try to repair the damage he did to his family? Will he embrace a new sense of purpose or fall prey to old temptations? Rand Ravich serves as writer and executive producer. Howard Gordon and Michael Cuesta (pilot) also are executive producers. Cuesta also serves as director. The Frankenstein Code is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Teakwood Lane Productions and Kara Productions.
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast:Tim Dekay, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Rob Kazinsky
Initial Impressions: This one is a toss up. I have the strong feeling that this is one that will defintely be canceled. The premise is a bit narrow, with a focus on a mystery. I’m just not sure how it will work long term. I also wasn’t drawn in to any of the characters in the trailer. The idea is interesting. I’ll check it out, but I’m not expecting it to stick around long enough for a resolution.
Official Synopsis: What’s the fastest way to put the brakes on a cruise-controlled bachelor lifestyle? Fatherhood? Guess again. Television icon John Stamos (“Full House,” “ER”) stars in a new comedy about the ultimate bachelor who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. Successful restaurateur and man-about-town JIMMY MARTINO (Stamos) is used to being the most suave, most handsome and most single person in the room. All that changes with the surprise appearance of Jimmy’s adult son, GERALD (Josh Peck, THE MINDY PROJECT), and his baby daughter, EDIE. Now Jimmy has to unlearn a lifetime of blissful selfishness and grapple with the fact that he went straight from single to grandfather in six seconds flat. Keeping tabs on Jimmy is Gerald’s mother and Jimmy’s former girlfriend, rocker chick-turned-mother SARA (Paget Brewster, “Criminal Minds,” “Community”). Equally concerned about how Jimmy will manage these new developments is Jimmy’s restaurant family, especially assistant manager ANNELISE (Kelly Jenrette, “Audrey”) and chef KEN (Ravi Patel, “Super Fun Night”). Can Jimmy teach Gerald to be a little more like him in order to win the affection of Edie’s hot mess of a mom, VANESSA (Christina Milian, FAMILY GUY, “Baggage Claim”)? Will Jimmy and Sara fall for each other all over again, even though she’s the one thing he never dates – a woman his own age? And who’s higher maintenance, Jimmy or the baby? GRANDFATHERED is an unconventional, sophisticated comedy about coming of age – at any age. Daniel Chun serves as writer and executive producer. Stamos and Dan Fogelman also executive produce. Grandfathered is produced by ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: John Stamos, Paget Brewster, Cristina Milian, Josh Peck, Ravi Patel, Kelly Jenrette
Initial Impressions: This was an interesting premise. I like John Stamos and it’s rather funny. It reminds me of Raising Hope. It has plenty of heart and that’s a good thing for a comedy. I might check this one out.
Official Synopsis: How many TV lawyers does it take to try a real-life case in a real-life courtroom? One, and his name is THE GRINDER. Starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”), THE GRINDER is a new comedy about a famous TV lawyer at a crossroads. When his legal series ends, he decides to move back home and join his family’s real law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice and no experience in an actual courtroom. DEAN SANDERSON (Lowe) spent eight seasons playing the title role on the hit legal drama “The Grinder.” Now he’s moving back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where his brother, STEWART (Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Fred Savage, “The Wonder Years”), is a real-life attorney who is poised to take over the family law firm. It doesn’t take long for Dean to start injecting his TV drama into every aspect of Stewart’s life, both in the courtroom and at home, impacting Stewart’s wife – and Dean’s high school sweetheart – DEBBIE (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, NEW GIRL, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”); their two kids, 15-year-old LIZZIE (Hana Hayes, “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) and 13-year-old ETHAN (Connor Kalopsis, “Days Of Our Lives”); and Dean and Stewart’s father, the law firm’s head, DEAN SR. (William Devane, “24: Live Another Day”). Dean and Stewart don’t see to eye to eye, but when they stop arguing with each other and start arguing together in court…they make a formidable team. THE GRINDER is the story of two brothers, who took different paths, but meet again in the middle – for justice…sort of. Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul serve as writers and executive producers. Nicholas Stoller, Jake Kasdan and Lowe also executive produce. Kasdan will direct. The Grider is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast:Rob Lowe, William Devane, Hana Hayes, Fred Savage, Connor Kalopsis, Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Initial Impressions: While I love Rob Lowe, this premise seems a bit too ridiculous. It’s just a bit over the top for me. Though I can imagine that the run it has will be funny. It seems like one of the more likely shows to get axed because if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. It doesn’t help I didn’t end up laughing in the trailer, just finding it amusing.
The Guide to Surviving Life
Official Synopsis: Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend who has made all the mistakes in life there are to make, and then tells you exactly where he went wrong, so you don’t have to? THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE is a new comedy that explores what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about. COOPER BARRETT (Jack Cutmore-Scott, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) still doesn’t have the job he wants; he’s accidentally fallen in love with his across-the-hall neighbor, KELLY BISHOP (Meaghan Rath, “Being Human”); one of his roommates, NEAL (Charlie Saxton, “Betas,” “Hung”), just can’t seem to dump his bodybuilder girlfriend; his other roommate, BARRY (James Earl, “Ground Floor,” GLEE), is a “loveable jackass” who can’t stop getting into trouble; and his 40-year-old-brother, JOSH (Justin Bartha, “The New Normal,” “The Hangover” franchise), a married father of two, is constantly popping in to come hang with the fellas. The one thing they do have is each other. As Cooper struggles to survive each of life’s many challenges – a night in jail, an inappropriate text he never should have sent, an ill-advised household pet – he will guide us through the often-messy, always-hilarious ordeal, so that our lives don’t have to be nearly the entertaining disaster that Cooper’s is turning out to be. The cast includes Maureen Sebastian. Jay Lacopo serves as writer and executive producer and Gail Berman, Bill Callahan and James Griffiths also executive produce. Griffiths will direct. The Guide To Surviving Life is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and The Jackal Group.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carlie Sacton, Justin Bartha, James Earl, Meaghan Rath
Official Synopsis: The Devil has come to Los Angeles…Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub. Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet. At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil? Rachael Harris, Nicholas Gonzalez and Scarlett Estevez also star. Tom Kapinos serves as writer and executive producer. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Len Wiseman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson also are executive producers. Wiseman also serves as director. Lucifer based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Imprint and is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity.
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Tom Ellis, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German
Initial Impressions: Yes! This show has spunk. It’s got allure. It’s dark. It’s what Constantine should have been. Yes, this is another comic property, but it isn’t selling itself as one. That may actually be a benefit. While this show might be a bit dark, I’ve got to say that it has quite a bit of humor in it too. If it has as good a balance of humor and horror this might do well. That said, even from this trailer it seems the show may be lacking when it comes to a female lead. The female lead here comes off as dour and not someone I would care about as the show progress. That will be a problem. Lucifer however, is positively entertaining. We’ll see if it can do better than Constantine.
Official Synopsis: The future is coming. Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, MINORITY REPORT follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs. Precog DASH (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) – driven by his terrifying, but fragmented visions – now has returned in secret to help a brash, but shrewd police detective, LARA VEGA (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”), attempt to stop the murders that he predicts. As they navigate this future America, they will search for Dash’s missing twin brother, ARTHUR, and elude others who will stop at nothing to exploit their precog abilities. Also complicating matters is Dash and Arthur’s ingenious, but reclusive, foster sister, AGATHA (Laura Regan, “Mad Men,” “Unbreakable”), who just wants Dash to return home. A drama of crime and conspiracy, this is a timeless story of connection: two lost souls, Dash and Vega, who find friendship, purpose and redemption in each other. Max Borenstein serves as writer and executive producer. Kevin Falls, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Mark Mylod also are executive producers. Mylod is director. Minority Report is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television and Amblin Television.
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Laura Regan
Initial Impressions: Based off the world created in the same named movie, this reminds me very much of Almost Human. Hopefully I like it a little more, and it gets a lot more lucky when it comes to finding an audience. It is set after the events of Minority report. I have to commend Fox for repeatedly not being afraid of putting characters of color in lead roles on their shows. Nearly every one of their pilots has done so. Regardless, the trailer looks fun. I can see how the show could progress. Already I’m dreaming of all the tangents and storylines that could emerge. Could this finally be the next Fringe like show?
Official Synopsis: Meet the Beethoven of private pathologists…From executive producer Todd Harthan (“Psych,” “Dominion”), ROSEWOOD is the story of DR. BEAUMONT ROSEWOOD, JR. (Morris Chestnut, “Nurse Jackie,” “The Best Man” franchise), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see. His new partner-in-crime is Detective VILLA (Jaina Lee Ortiz, “The After”), a Miami PD detective with attitude and demons to spare. While she’s impressed by Rosewood’s incredible abilities, his constant optimism is more annoying than it is infectious. But somehow, week-to-week, this unlikely tag team will solve many crimes together. Joining Rosewood in his practice are his sister and “toxicology queen,” PIPPY (Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”); and DNA specialist TARA MILLY IZIKOFF aka TMI (Anna Konkle, “Man Seeking Woman,” “Betas”), who is Pippy’s fiancée. Plagued with his own set of medical ailments, Rosewood sees that every moment of life should be embraced and lived to the fullest. And those moments of victims’ lives that will never be are what drive him the most. Todd Harthan serves as writer and executive producer. Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Richard Shepard also executive produce. Shepard also directs. Rosewood is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Temple Hill.
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Jaina Lee Ortiz, Morris Chestnut, Anna Konkle, Gabrielle Dennis
Initial Impressions: There is chemistry between these two characters. It’s clear that this would have been the replacement show for Bones should it have gone off air. There’s humor to this procedural and it’s clear that it’ll thrive on their relationship. That’s something that should be interesting. It’s a rare procedural I might check out purely because of the chemistry between the characters. I’m more interested in each of them than I am the procedural aspect.
Official Synopsis:The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. SCREAM QUEENS is a new killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers of GLEE and “American Horror Story.” Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, CHANEL OBERLIN (Emma Roberts, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”). But when anti-Kappa DEAN MUNSCH (Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc, claiming one victim, one episode at a time. Part black comedy, part slasher flick, SCREAM QUEENS is a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder…or could easily be the next blood-soaked casualty. SCREAM QUEENS stars Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Lea Michele (GLEE), Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Zombieland,” “August: Osage County”), Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”), Oliver Hudson (“Nashville,” “Rules of Engagement”), Skyler Samuels (“American Horror Story: Coven”), Keke Palmer (“Akeela and the Bee,” “Masters of Sex”), newcomer Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita (“Rock of Ages”), Glen Powell (“The Expendables 3”), Lucien Laviscount (“Episodes”), Niecy Nash (“Getting On,” “The Soul Man”), pop superstar and actor Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”) and Grammy Award nominee and actress Ariana Grande. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennen serve as co-creators, writers, directors and executive producers. Scream Queens is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision.
Format: Hour Long Drama (Anthology Series)
Cast: Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita, Glen Powell, Lucien Lviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas
Initial Impressions: This is from the mind of Ryan Murphy the creator of Glee and American Horror story. This series seems to be along the veins of the latter. While I’m perfectly content with AHS. I don’t mind a bit more horror on tv. since this is network it will be a bit more toned down and younger skewing than its FX counterpart. There are a whole series of videos on youtube. Short clips and I am interested in them all. This seems like the kind of show that might draw in a lot of viewers. Let’s just hope the stories are a bit tighter than AHS.
Official Synopsis: Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES will be a thrilling, six-episode event series helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015. THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. Mitch Pileggi also stars. Chris Carter serves as creator and executive producer. Glen Morgan also is an executive producer. The X-Files is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions.
Format: Event series (Hour long episodes)
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Initial Impressions: It’s back. I was a little kid when this show went off the air, but I have vague memories of it. I’ll be excited to see it back on TV. I may even go binge the entire series in preparation. This seems like it will truly be an event series. No doubt FOX will want more, but who knows how much more they will be able to get.
What do you think of the new selection of shows? What are you looking forward to the most? What is the biggest trainwreck?