Fox Monday unveiled its fall schedule, which includes the midseason hit singing competition “The Masked Singer,” two new dramas, a new animated comedy and professional wrestling.
Both of the original scripted series that premiered on Fox last fall got axed: the comedies “The Cool Kids” and “Rel”; as did the legal drama “Proven Innocent” and the thriller “The Passage,” which both premiered at midseason.
Also canceled were the action drama “Lethal Weapon” and the musical drama “Star,” which both ran for three seasons, and the Marvel Television-produced mutants family series “The Gifted,” which ran for two.
Fox announced last year that the “Batman” origin series “Gotham” would end its run in the 2018-19 season after five seasons.
The network also announced that the hip-hop drama “Empire” will be ending its run in the 2019-20 season after six seasons.
“The Masked Singer,” which was Fox’s most-watched entertainment program this season, will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. It will begin its third season immediately following Fox’s telecast of Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2.
Fox’s new fall dramas are:
— “Prodigal Son,” which Fox describes as “a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone.” It stars Tom Payne as the son of a convicted serial killer (Michael Sheen) who has made hunting murderers his life’s work.
“Prodigal Son’s” executive producers include television’s most prolific producer, Greg Berlanti, whose other series include “Supergirl,” “Riverdale,” “All American” and “Black Lightning” on The CW and “God Friended Me” on CBS.
— “Not Just Me” stars Brittany Snow as a woman who thought she was an only child, but has her life turned upside down when her pioneering fertility doctor father (Timothy Hutton) reveals he used his own sperm to conceive more than 100 children, including two new sisters Megalyn Echikunwoke and Emily Osment.
“Not Just Me’s” executive producers include Jason Katims, who produced the Texas high school football drama “Friday Night Lights” and the family drama “Parenthood.”
Fox’s new fall animated comedy is “Bless The Hearts” about “a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet,” created by former “Saturday Night Live” writer Emily Spivey.
Fox announced last June it had made a five-year agreement to air the “WWE’s Smackdown Live,” which will air live on Friday nights 52 weeks per year.
With Fox airing “Thursday Night Football,” college football on Saturdays and professional wrestling on Fridays, the network will air entertainment programming only on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the fall.
Fox also announced that the comedy “Last Man Standing” and science fiction series “The Orville” will begin their new seasons in 2020.
Here is the Fox fall schedule:
— Sunday: Football overrun; “The OT”/Reruns; “The Simpsons”; “Bless The Harts”; “Bob’s Burgers”; “Family Guy”;
— Monday: “9-1-1”; “Prodigal Son”;
— Tuesday: “The Resident”; “Empire”;
— Wednesday: “The Masked Singer”; “Not Just Me”;
— Thursday: “Thursday Night Football”;
— Friday: “WWE’s Smackdown Live”;
— Saturday: “Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football.”
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