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Fox in 2016-17: Just 4 New Shows This Fall; 7 More in Midseason

Mirroring NBC, Modest Remains the Initial Observation for the Broadcast Networls Next Fall

Mirroring NBC, Fox is taking a very quiet approach to its fall 2016 primetime schedule. Just four new shows will be introduced: dramas “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” which are based on the movies of the same name, and “Pitch,” and animated/live action comedy hybrid “Son of Zorn.” Four shows (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl,” “Rosewood” and “Bones”) are moving to new time periods, and the changes will impact five nights of the week (excluding Monday and Saturday).

The new shows in midseason are dramas “24: Legacy,” “APB,” “Star” and “Shots Fired;” comedies “The Mick” and “Making History;” and non-scripted “Kicking & Screaming.” “The X-Files,” meanwhile, is still in contention to return next season. And the canceled series on Fox are freshman sitcoms “Grandfather,” “The Grinder,” “Bordertown” and “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life;” and drama “Houdini & Doyle.”

What follows is Fox’s primetime schedule this fall (with the new shows in caps), followed by the midseason line-up:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “Gotham”
9:00 p.m. “Lucifer”

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (new time)
8:30 p.m. “New Girl” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Scream Queens”

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “LETHAL WEAPON”
9:00 p.m. “Empire”

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “Rosewood” (new day)
9:00 p.m. “PITCH”

Friday
8:00 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen”
9:00 p.m. “THE EXORCIST”

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday

Sunday
7:00 p.m. NFL on Fox
7:30 p.m. The OT / “Bob’s Burgers”
8:00 p.m. “The Simpsons”
8:30 p.m. “SON OF ZORN”
9:00 p.m. “Family Guy”
9:30 p.m. “The Last Man on Earth”

What follows is Fox’s primetime schedule in midseason, followed by new series descriptions:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “24: LEGACY” / “Gotham” (spring)
9:00 p.m. “APB” / “Lucifer” (spring)

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “KICKING & SCREAMING”
9:00 p.m. “Prison Break” (return)

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “Lethal Weapon” / “SHOTS FIRED” (spring)
9:00 p.m. “STAR” / “Empire” (spring)

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “Rosewood”
9:00 p.m. “Bones”

Friday
8:00 p.m. “Masterchef Junior”
9:00 p.m. “Sleepy Hollow”

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday

Sunday
7:00 p.m. Animation encores
7:30 p.m. “Bob’s Burgers”
8:00 p.m. “The Simpsons”
8:30 p.m. “MAKING HISTORY”
9:00 p.m. “Family Guy”
9:30 p.m. “The Last Man on Earth”

New Program Descriptions

COMEDIES

“Making History” (midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Team: Julius Sharpe, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Seth Cohen, Jared Hess
Logline: Three friends from two different centuries are chronicled as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives.
Cast: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester

“The Mick”
(midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV/3 Arts
Team: John Chernin, Dave Chernin, Randall Einhorn, Oly Obst, Nicholas Frenkel
Logline: Mackenzie “The Mick” Murphy is a brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler who has spent her entire life gaming the system and shirking any semblance of responsibility. But when her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law flee the country to escape federal charges, the opulent, care-free life Mickey has always envied is finally within reach… But there is one minor catch: she must assume custody of her sister’s three rich, entitled, high-maintenance children.
Cast: Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black D’Elia, Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Susan Park

“Son of Zorn”
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Team: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne
Logline: Upon arriving home for the first time in 10 years, Zorn finds that reconnecting with his live action son, Alan and ex-wife Edie, while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephria.
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines

DRAMAS

“APB” (midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Team: Matt Nix, Len Wiseman, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Robert Friedman
Logline: Inspired by true events, “APB” is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire Gideon Reeves decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before.
Cast: Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Caitlin Stasey, Taylor Handley, Eric Winter, Ernie Hudson, Tamberla Perry

“The Exorcist”

Studio: 20th Century Fox TV/Morgan Creek Productions
Team: Jeremy Slater, James Robinson, David Robinson, Barbara Wall, Rolin Jones, Rupert Wyatt (
Logline: More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Exorcist” returns in series format as a psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.
Cast: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan

“Lethal Weapon”
Studio: Warner Bros TV/Lin Pictures/Good Session Productions
Team: Matt Miller, Dan Lin, McG, Jennifer Gwartz
Logline: “Lethal Weapon” rides along with classic cop duo Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Cast: Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans Sr., Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm
“Pitch” (midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Team: Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer, Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Paris Barclay
Logline: The focus is on young pitcher Ginny Baker, a beautiful, tough and incredibly gifted athlete who instantly becomes the most famous person in the country when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres, making her the first woman to play Major League Baseball.
Cast: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo, Ali Larter, Dan Lauria, Mark Consuelos

“Star” (midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Team: Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy, Charles Murray, Pamela Oas Williams, Effie Brown
Logline: Three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices with which they’re faced along the way, is the focus.
Cast: Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady

“24: Legacy”
(midseason)
Studio: 20th Century Fox TV
Team: Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, Evan Katz, Stephen Hopkins, Kiefer Sutherland Logline: The focus is on a terrorist attack in the same real-time format that helped “24” break ground when it debuted on Fox in 2001.
Cast: Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits

NON-SCRIPTED

“Kicking & Screaming” (midseason)
Studio: Lionsgate
Team: Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”)
Logline: The series drops unlikely duos – survivalists and pampered couch potatoes – in a forbidding wilderness where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.”

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Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • mushu_jj

    Could they launch a more uninspiring fall schedule?! Your schedule outside of Empire is a vast wasteland in live + same day ratings and you opt to place a new show on Fridays out of Hell’s Kitchen? Fox, even with the Superbowl, could be looking at fourth place. The regularly scheduled lineups could very well place fifth on some nights (Monday and Tuesday in particular) in the demo. I understand the Sunday shows do very well in time shifted viewings but I still feel they need to be using the NFL lead in more productively. I think Lethal Weapon has a shot of doing better than Rosewood did last year. That show goes to die on Thursdays with Bones and I have no idea how Scream Queens got renewed and left in prime Tuesday real estate.

    • Marc Berman

      This is the worst fall line-up I have ever seen on Fox. Lazy and boring. Fox needs to own the fact that its ratings are in the toilet.

  • Garebelman

    FOX went more safe than even NBC Lol. Yikes. They will be on the bottom (outside of the CW) on the outlets this year I am sure of it. Rosewood/Bones will be very bad in the ratings followed by the entire Tuesday night lineup. I don’t see what Hell’s Kitchen and The Exorcist have in common for Friday.

    Strange indeed. And mid season is just as weird.

    So far NBC has the edge over this schedule. I guess we’ll see how ABC, CBS and CW fare

    • mushu_jj

      With Fox not even really trying and NBC’s schedule being less than aggressive, the door is open for CBS and ABC to make some inroads in the fall. NBC still has the advantage thanks to Sunday Night Football every week, Thursday Night Football some weeks, and The Voice, but those shows don’t air year round and CBS and ABC can make this interesting if they play their cards right.

      • Garebelman

        I guess we shall see. CBS typically is the network that plays it safe with their schedule.

  • Joe

    Very uninspiring schedule,

    I give FOX credit for changing up Sundays where the other nets pretty much ignore but that isn’t enough. Son of Zorn is well protected and could do well (though I thought a 9:30pm slot would of been better)

    Mondays are a yawn-fest

    Tuesdays are a disaster, New Girl will be their strongest show at a mighty 1.0 and the rest will be below that…another season below the CW here we come!

    Leathal Weapon, really??

    Rosewood will die on Thursdays

    Grade D+, Blah!