Normally, Fox would be unveiling its fall primetime programming plans to advertisers, marketers and members of the press at the Beacon Theater in New York City on Tuesday of this week. And that line-up might have been more aggressive than what it just unveiled. But utilizing its programming resources during the current quarantine (and production shutdown), the network will introduce new dramas “Next” and Filthy Rich,” and the network premiere of Spectrum Original drama “L.A.’s Finest.” Additionally, we will see new seasons of “The Masked Singer,” Gordon Ramsay’s “MasterChef Junior,” and animated “The Simpsons,” “Bless the Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy;” and the third installment of “Cosmos,” entitled “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.”
Assuming there will be a fall football season, “Thursday Night Football” is slated to return. Friday (again assuming contact sports will have returned) will feature wrestling showcase “Friday Night Smackdown!” And Saturday is a sports showcase.
In midseason, Fox will introduce Mayim Bialik comedy “Call Me Kat” and animated comedies “The Great North” and “Housebroken.” Returning will be new seasons of “9-1-1” and spinoff “9-1-1: Long Star.”
“The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront,” said Charlie Collier, CEO, Fox Entertainment “In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner’s unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we’ve shared is one of relative stability on FOX, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market.”
Here is the fall 2020 schedule (with the new shows in bold), followed by the new program descriptions.
8:00 p.m. L.A.’S FINEST (network television debut)
9:00 p.m. NEXT (new series)
8:00 p.m. COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (network television debut)
9:00 p.m. FILTHY RICH (new series)
8:00 p.m. THE MASKED SINGER (new season)
9:00 p.m. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (new season)
7:30 p.m. FOX NFL THURSDAY PRESENTED BY VERIZON
8:00 p.m. THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM
8:00 p.m. WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
7:00 p.m. FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
7:00 p.m. NFL ON FOX
7:30 p.m. THE OT / Fox ENCORES
8:00 p.m. THE SIMPSONS (new season)
8:30 p.m. BLESS THE HARTS (new season)
9:00 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS (new season)
9:30 p.m. FAMILY GUY (new season)
New Program Descriptions
From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), executive producer Charlie Gogolak (“This Is Us”) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), NEXT is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, “The First”) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.
The series also stars Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Aaron Moten (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”) and Evan Whitten (THE RESIDENT).
FILTHY RICH is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us,” “24: Legacy”) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (five-time Emmy Award nominee and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune.
With monumental twists and turns, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor (“Ma,” “The Help,” “The Girl on the Train”), the series also stars Melia Kreiling (“Tyrant”), Aubrey Dollar (“Battle Creek”), Corey Cott (“The Good Fight”), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mark L. Young (“We’re The Millers”) and Olivia Macklin (“LA to Vegas”), with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Aaron Lazar (“Quantico,” “The Strain”). Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.
From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer “Bad Boys” franchise and Sony Pictures Television, the one-hour series L.A.’S FINEST follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.