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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:

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

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

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

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

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

8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday

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:

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

9:00 p.m. “Prison Break” (return)

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

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

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

8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday

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


“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”
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


“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”
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


“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.”