Fox To Air Remaining ENLISTED Episodes Starting June 1st

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Though Fox has officially cancelled the freshman comedy Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, the network will air the show’s remaining four episodes starting June 1.  Fox never really gave the series a chance, throwing it in a difficult Friday night time slot, and failing to promote it past its debut.  And while I gave a lukewarm but “why the heck not?” review of its first few episodes, the show really grew in its comedy and character dynamic as it progressed this season, and in no way deserved cancellation.  Hit the jump for more information on the show and the final episodes.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly Resigns

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Just as Kevin Reilly was ramping up his “call to arms” regarding the movement away from network television’s “pilot season” tradition, the Fox Entertainment Chairman is now stepping down from his post.  It was announced today that Reilly will resign from Fox effective immediately, with a replacement TBA.  Though Reilly had a promising goal of hoping to transform network television to a model that valued year-round programming and straight-to-series orders over the traditional pilot season, Fox’s ratings have been on a sharp decline over the past couple of years under his tutelage.  The once behemoth American Idol continues to plummet, Glee is a shell of its former self, and Fox’s key comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project ended the 2013-14 TV season with series low ratings.

Hit the jump for more on what Reily’s exit means for the network.

Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly Talks GOTHAM Season 1, the End of GLEE, Waiting to Announce the Midseason Schedule, and More

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The Upfronts have officially kicked off, with the TV networks announcing their news and returning shows, what’s been canceled, and how their programming schedule will take shape for the season.  After announcing Fox’s 2014-2015 programming schedule, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, held a conference call to discuss their line-up and answer questions.

During the interview, Reilly talked about waiting to announce their mid-season schedule until they see how things shake out a bit, their desire to do year-round programming, how they’re determining episode orders for each show, their expectations for Gotham season 1, why they think it’s the perfect fit for the network, and why 16 episodes were ordered for its first season, figuring out the best way to end Glee, and why they’ll stay in the animation business.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

14 New Images from Fox’s GOTHAM Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith [Updated]

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This morning Fox unveiled its full schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season, and one of the most anticipated series coming this fall is undoubtedly Gotham.  We’ve already seen two trailers for the Batman prequel series, and now a handful of images from the pilot episode have been released online.  For those unaware, the drama tells the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a pre-pubescent billionaire by the name of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  These images give us a better look at the main cast, including a showdown between McKenzie’s Gordon and Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin.

Hit the jump to check out the new Gotham images.  The show also stars Donal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna Guevara.  Gotham will air Mondays on Fox this fall. [Update: We've updated the article with even more promo images from the series.]

Fox Releases Fall 2014 Schedule; Moves BROOKLYN NINE-NINE to Sundays; GOTHAM Set for Mondays

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Following NBC’s announcement of their 2014-2015 schedule, Fox has revealed its line-up for fall 2014.  Here are the highlights:

  • There will be a sensible pairing on Monday nights as the Batman prequel series Gotham will be paired up with fellow dark genre show Sleepy Hollow.
  • Gracepoint, the American remake of the terrific British series Broadchurch, will get a strong lead-in on Thursdays following Bones.  Gracepoint stars David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Josh Hamilton, Michael Peña, and Nick Nolte.
  • The week will get a double-shot Utopia.  The reality series will air on Tuesday and Friday nights, and sends “15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos?”  Let’s see…a Fox reality series.  I don’t know for sure, but I’m betting it will be “utter chaos”.
  • Sundays are getting makeover with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new comedy Mulaney joining The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers.

Hit the jump for the Fox fall 2014 schedule.

Fox Cancels ENLISTED, DADS, SURVIVING JACK, and RAKE

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Fresh off last night’s drama pilot pick-up news from Fox, the network has announced a trio of cancellations along with news of pilots that it will be passing on (via THR).  Briefly:

  • Enlisted – The freshman comedy series revolving around a Rear Detachment unit has been canceled.  The show hailed from Cougar Town producer Kevin Biegel and garnered positive reviews, but it failed to build an audience on Friday nights after its midseason debut.
  • Dads – In a slightly surprising move, executive producer Seth MacFarlane’s live-action multi-cam comedy starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green has been given the ax.  Though the show never caught on like MacFarlane’s animated shows, some thought Fox might give it a pass given how lucrative MacFarlane has been for the network.
  • Surviving Jack – The shortest-lived series of the bunch, this Christopher Meloni-fronted comedy only debuted at the end of March but is being canceled after six episodes.
  • Rake – On the drama side, the Greg Kinnear lawyer series has also been canceled.
  • Additionally, Fox has decided to pass the comedy pilots Dead Boss, Fatrick, and No Place Like Home.

Stay tuned over the next few days as the other networks announce cancellations and renewals ahead of next week’s upfronts, where they will unveil their 2014-15 schedules.

Fox Picks Up Dramas RED BAND SOCIETY and EMPIRE; Orders 10 More Episodes of MULANEY

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On the heels of the official series order for Gotham, Fox has picked up two more new dramas:

  • Octavia Spencer stars in Red Band Society, a coming-of-age dramedy set in a big city hospital.  According to Deadline, Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) will adapt the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles.  It should a fruitful premise if Nagle can pull off the tricky tone.
  • Empire is a family drama that centers on a hip-hop superstar (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Taraji P. Henson).  Lee Daniels (The Butler) directed the pilot and will executive produce with Danny Strong (Game Change) and Brian Grazer (24).  Timbaland will supervise the music.  I trust Howard and Henson to make Empire as enjoyable as their last foray into the rap world, Hustle & Flow.

Additionally, Deadline reports Fox has ordered 10 more episodes of Mulaney, bringing the total order up to 16 episodes.  I love John Mulaney‘s standup, so I am happy to see him get a long leash for his multi-camera about an up-and-coming standup comedian.

First Trailer for Fox’s GOTHAM Starring Ben McKenzie [Updated with Bonus Extended Trailer]

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Fresh off an official series pickup, Fox has released the first Gotham trailer for the upcoming prequel series, based on characters from the Batman comics.  The drama tells the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a pre-pubescent billionaire by the name of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).  The trailer unveils more footage than I was expecting, as it appears that the pilot will revolve around Gordon and Wayne’s first encounter in the aftermath of the death of Wayne’s parents.  We also get glimpses of the Batman villains that will populate the series as well, but again the central focus is on Gordon, and I’m definitely interested to see how this new twist on the “cop show” genre comes together.  We still have a while to wait, but this is certainly a nice tease of what’s to come.

Hit the jump to watch the Gotham trailer.  The show also stars Donal Logue, Barbara Kean, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, and Zabryna GuevaraGotham will premiere on Fox this fall.

New “Movie Trailer” for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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When 24 ended its television run in 2010, the producers made no secret of their desire to continue the adventures of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer in a feature film.  However, after a few years of script development, the project had stalled and the movie seemed like less of a reality as time wore on.  So what do you do when you can’t get a 24 movie off the ground?  Bring the show back, of course.  Producers are indeed resurrecting Jack for another adventure, but instead of a two-hour movie, it’s in the form of a 12-hour limited series event.  In a bit of a nod to the proposed film, a “theatrical trailer” for 24: Live Another Day has been released that highlights Jack’s latest murderous tendencies, which find him in London thwarting an attack on the President of the United States.

Hit the jump to watch the new 24: Live Another Day trailer.  The series also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

New Trailer and Poster for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Starring Kiefer Sutherland

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Fox has released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming limited series event 24: Live Another Day.  While the previous marketing materials simply teased the return of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, this new trailer shows off quite a bit of footage and delves into the premise for Bauer’s 12-episode return.  After living off the grid ever since the events of the 24 series finale, Bauer resurfaces in London in order to thwart an assassination attempt on the President of the United States, who just so happens to be James Heller (William Devane).  It’s funny to see the return of the show’s signature multi-panel screen and Bauer looks to be up to his old shenanigans once again, but I’m interested to see how the limited run of episodes will impact the storytelling.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the official poster.  The show also stars Mary Lynn RajskubKim Raver, Benjamin BrattTate DonovanYvonne StrahovskiStephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley.  24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

First Official Look at The Penguin and Alfred from Fox’s GOTHAM

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Fox has slowly been unveiling official looks at the cast of characters from its upcoming prequel series Gotham, and hot on the heels of the first Catwoman and Harvey Bullock images comes the first look at The Penguin (Robin Taylor Lord) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee).  The series is the origin story of Comissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a young billionaire.  That young billionaire is indeed a pre-adolescent Bruce Wayne, but the crux of the story will focus on the city of Gotham itself, which is populated by the famous comics villains—including The Penguin.  Though Lord’s costume stops short of a full Penguin outfit, the facial resemblance feels pretty spot on.  Alternatively, the younger Alfred is an ex-Marine from London who now loyally serves the Waynes.

Hit the jump to check out the images of Penguin and Alfred.  Gotham premieres on Fox this fall.

Fox Unveils Logo and Synopsis for GOTHAM

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Fox has released the official logo and lengthy synopsis for its upcoming comic book-tinged prequel series Gotham.  The show tells the origin story of Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a young billionaire.  Per the official synopsis, though, it appears that the show is just as much an origin story for Gotham City as it is Gotham, as it tells the beginnings of “the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”  The Mentalist and Rome creator Bruno Heller is acting as showrunner for Gotham, which already has a straight-to-series order from Fox and will feature The Penguin, a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne, and a young Selina Kyle as series regulars.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full logo and to read the extensive synopsis for Gotham.  The show is expected to debut on Fox this fall.

New Trailer for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Reveals First Footage

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Fox is resurrecting its popular drama 24 in the form of a 12-episode limited event series this spring, and the network has now unveiled the first full trailer for 24: Live Another Day.  The story picks up four years after the events of the series finale and finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London.  He doesn’t exactly have the backing of the U.S. government, and this trailer offers us a look at Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation tasked with tracking Jack down.  Though I’m still a bit unconvinced that Jack Bauer’s return is necessary, I’m interested to see how the 24 format is adapted into this close-ended limited series.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The show also stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Yvonne Strahovski, William Devane, Stephen Fry, and Michelle Fairley24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

Fox Grants Early Renewals to BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, THE MINDY PROJECT, NEW GIRL, and THE FOLLOWING

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Fox is off to an early start in the renewal game. Here’s a quick look at the comedies that will be returning for another year:

  • Freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, will return for a second season.
  • The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Zoe Jarman, and Beth Grant, has been renewed for a third season.
  • New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, and Hannah Simone, will return for a fourth season.
  • As part of its two-year pickup, Glee will enjoy its final season run next year, with Lea Michele and Jane Lynch starring.

Hit the jump for some drama renewal news.

Jack, Chloe, Audrey, and More Are Back in New Images from 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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Jack Bauer returns to say “Dammit Chloe!” another 46 times in a couple of months in Fox’s highly anticipated event series 24: Live Another Day, and some new images from the show have landed online.  The 12-episode limited series finds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer thwarting terror abroad in London four years after the events of the show’s series finale.  These new images show the return of Jack, a newly punk Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Audrey (Kim Raver), and even now-President James Heller (William Devane), and we also get a look at some new characters, including Benjamin Bratt as the head of the CIA operation that’s tracking Jack in London, Tate Donovan as the White House Chief of Staff, and Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan, a “brilliant but impulsive” CIA field operative working in London.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here if you missed the first teaser trailer.  24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on May 12th.

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