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Fox to Introduce Six New Series in 2017-18 (with Three This Fall)

The Breakdown is Four Dramas and Two Sitcoms

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, have unveil the FOX primetime slate for the 2017-2018 television season, which will be presented this afternoon at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

The new dramas joining the schedule this fall are “The Gifted” and “The Orville.” Produced in association with Marvel Television, family adventure series “The Gifted” tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) and director Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), “The Orville” is a live-action, one-hour series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, as its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.

The new comedy joining the lineup this fall is “Ghosted.” Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), “Ghosted” is a single-camera, action-comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites – a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal, who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles – all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Scott and Robinson also serve as executive producers on the series.

Additionally, FOX and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television will partner with acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (GREASE: LIVE, “La La Land,” “Wicked”) on the LIVE musical event “A Christmas Story,” inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the live television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (G”Grease: Live”) adapting the book. The three-hour live television production of A CHRISTMAS STORY will air this December on FOX.

In 2018, additional new series and events joining the schedule include dramas “9-1-1” and “The Resident”; comedy “LA to Vegas”; and an all-new installment — 10 additional episodes — of “The X’Files.”

What follows is the Fox primetime line-up this fall (with new series in caps), followed by the new program descriptions:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “Lucifer” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “THE GIFTED”

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “Lethal Weapon” (new day)
9:00 p.m. “The Mick” (new time)
9:30 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “Empire” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Star”

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “Gotham” (new day)
9:00 p.m. “THE ORVILLE”

Friday
8:00 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen”
9:00 p.m. “The Exorcist”

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday: College Football

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. “GHOSTED”
9:00 p.m. “Family Guy”
9:30 p.m. “The Last Man on Earth”

New Program Descriptions

DRAMA

“THE GIFTED”

“THE GIFTED” tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer, “Shots Fired”) and Caitlin (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) Stucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind, “Gotham”) and Andy (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants.

Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television, Marvel Television
Writer: Matt Nix
Director: Bryan Singer
Executive Producers: Bryan Singer, Matt Nix, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory

“9-1-1” (midseason)

From creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama “9-1-1” is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders – cops, paramedics, firefighters – the people who put their lives on the line to save others. Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story”), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal

Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television, Ryan Murphy Television, Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision
Creators/Writers/Executive Producers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

“THE RESIDENT” (midseason)

Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “THE RESIDENT” is a new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Meet Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry, “The Good Wife”), one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, “Halt and Catch Fire”), and turn them into real-life doctors. Devon is an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor. With Conrad’s help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred.

Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Emily VanCamp, Revenge) also star.
Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television
Executive Producers: Antoine Fuqua, Amy Holden Jones, David Boorstein, Oly Obst
Co-Executive Producers: Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi
Writers: Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi
Director/Executive Producer: Phillip Noyce

COMEDY-DRAMA

THE ORVILLE

From Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), “THE ORVILLE” is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace… even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.

In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life But Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).

The cast also includes Scott Grimes (“ER”), Penny Johnson Jerald (“24”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”) and Mark Jackson (“That Royal Today”).

Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television
Creator/Writer: Seth MacFarlane
Executive Producers: Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark, Liz Heldens

COMEDY

“GHOSTED”
Starring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), “GHOSTED” is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. Leroy Wright (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we’re speaking frankly, thinks that “aliens” are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts…people like Max Jennifer (Scott). Max is a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who’s convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by Captain Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker, “Colony”) a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases for answers.

Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television
Executive Producers: Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst, Mark Schulman
Writers: Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten
Director/Executive Producer: Jonathan Krisel

“LA TO VEGAS” (midseason)
From executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), Lon Zimmet (“Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt”) and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”), “LA TO VEGAS” is a single-camera ensemble comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner.

Welcome to Jackpot Airlines, a budget carrier whose junket flight from LA to Vegas and back again, is filled with dreamers looking for that big score. Holding these voyages together is Ronnie (Kim Matula, “UnREAL”), a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool (oftentimes, with little success) whether she’s dealing with a bi-polar bride-to-be or the dead body in Row 13. Managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays gets even trickier when Ronnie develops a “location-ship” with Colin (Ed Weeks, “The Mindy Project”), a regular passenger and an economics professor, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Further complicating her job every weekend is Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott, “The Practice”), the narcissistic pilot whose fighter-pilot dreams never quite worked out; Bernard (Nathan Lee Graham, “The Comeback”), the always-positive career flight attendant who thinks there’s no flight more magical than the LA-to-Vegas; Artem (Peter Stormare, “The Big Lebowski”), the genial professional gambler who serves as the plane’s resident (but unofficial) bookie; and Nichole(Olivia Macklin, “The Young Pope”), the sweet-natured, part-time stripper who’s a lot savvier than people realize. .

Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television, Gary Sanchez Productions
Writer/Executive producer: Lon Zimmet
Director/Executive Producer: Steve Levitan

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Written by Marc Berman

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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  • Louis

    I will be trying Orville and Ghosted.