Fox Monday unveiled its fall schedule which will include two new comedies, the revival of the Tim Allen-starring comedy “Last Man Standing” a season after its cancellation by ABC and “Thursday Night Football.”
Series not returning include the police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was canceled after five seasons and picked up by NBC; the post-apocalyptic comedy “The Last Man on Earth,” which ran for four seasons; the fantasy police procedural “Lucifer,” which ran for three seasons; the horror drama “The Exorcist,” which ran for two seasons; and the comedy “The Mick,” which ran for two seasons.
Fox announced last May that the comedy “New Girl” would end its run in the 2017-18 season after seven seasons.
Two of Fox’s three series that premiered last fall were renewed — the Marvel Television-produced mutants family series “The Gifted,” and the science fiction series “The Orville,” which will begin its second season at midseason.
The medical drama “The Resident” and the procedural drama “9-1-1,” which both premiered at midseason, were both renewed for second seasons. They will air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday.
No decisions have been made on the fates of the comedy “Ghosted,” which premiered last fall, and the comedy “LA to Vegas,” which premiered in January, Dana Walden, a co-chairman and co-CEO of the Fox Television Group, said on a conference call.
Additional episodes of “Ghosted” will air in July.
“On `LA to Vegas’ we’re just trying to make a determination about whether we have a place that would enable that show to grow,” Walden said.
“I would say ultimately, if we have a great opportunity and a big eventized first episode, that’s a show we would order. If we can’t figure out a way to really make some noise with it and attract a new and bigger group of viewers, we probably won’t do it.”
The “Batman” origin series “Gotham” will begin its fifth and final season at midseason.
There are no plans “at the moment” to do another season of “The X-Files,” said Michael Thorn, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. Fox aired 10 episodes of “The X-Files’ in 2018, its 11th overall and second since being revived in 2016.
“We’re really pleased with how `The X-Files’ did this past season,” Thorn said. “It’s been a great show for our network.”
The new Fox comedies are “Rel” and “The Cool Kids.”
“Rel” is based on the life of series star Lil Rel Howery, who co-wrote the pilot. Howery portrays a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair with his barber, then is forced to rebuild his life as a long-distance father, as his wife moves to Cleveland with their children, and re-enters the dating pool.
“Rel Howery is really a breakout comic star,” said Gary Newman, a co-chairman and co-CEO of the Fox Television Group.
“He feels very much like a Fox character, and he and Jerrod (Carmichael) produced a really funny and appealing pilot. We thought that our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience, would be a great opportunity for it.”
“The Cool Kids” stars David Alan Grier, Martin Mull and Leslie Jordan as three friends who live in a retirement community when a woman (Vicki Lawrence) joins their group. “The Cool Kids” pilot was co-written by Charlie Day, best known as an executive producer and cast member of the FX comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
“Charlie Day is someone that we’ve been huge fans of,” Newman said. “He came in with a great pitch. We put it into development, and made a commitment to it right way.”
Dramas to premiere at midseason are “The Passage,” which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney as a federal agent and a girl chosen to be a test subject at a secret medical facility on the run from the government, and “Proven Innocent,” which stars Rachelle Lefevre as a woman wrongfully convicted of murder who then heads an underdog criminal defense firm.
“Proven Innocent” was co-created by Danny Strong, a co-creator of Fox’s hip-hop drama “Empire.”
Fox also announced it will present a live production of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Rent” in January and air another edition of the space documentary series “Cosmos” in the spring.
“Thursday Night Football” moves to Fox after splitting both the 2016 and 2017 seasons between CBS and NBC. Joe Buck will be the play-by-play broadcaster and Troy Aikman, the analyst, Fox announced Monday.
The cancellation of `Brooklyn Nine-Nine” “was based on a variety of factors,” Walden said.
“We felt like we didn’t have the exact right place to schedule it this year,” Walden said. “It performed best in our Sunday night lineup, and … we wanted to give “Bob’s Burgers” … an opportunity to have a plum time period and to really grow.
“Once we made that decision, it just limited the opportunities we had to schedule `Brooklyn’ and ultimately, we decided we just didn’t’ have room for it. With “Thursday Night Football” going into the fall, there were two fewer hours to program. And again, we were trying to create a more cohesive schedule, and scheduling `Brooklyn’ was going to prevent us from launching something new.”
Here is the Fox fall schedule:
— Sunday: Football overrun; “The OT”/Reruns; “The Simpsons”; “Bob’s Burgers”; “Family Guy”; “Rel”;
— Monday: “The Resident”; “9-1-1”;
— Tuesday: “The Gifted”; “Lethal Weapon”;
— Wednesday: “Empire”; “Star”;
— Thursday: “Thursday Night Football”;
— Friday: “Last Man Standing”; “The Cool Kids”; “Hell’s Kitchen”;
— Saturday: “Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football.”
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