Yesterday we got a look at what NBC will be offering by way of scheduling and new series this fall, and now Fox has announced their upcoming 2012 schedule. As far as shifts for returning series go, the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch has been moved to Fridays, while Ryan Murphy’s Glee (which has been on a ratings downslide as of late) has been put in the post-X Factor/American Idol slot on Thursday nights. Moreover, the network announced that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will be doing guest star arcs on Glee for the show’s upcoming fourth season.
As far as new shows go, The Office star Mindy Kaling’s new show, currently titled The Mindy Project (hopefully a temporary title), and the new ensemble comedy Ben and Kate will join Raising Hope and the hit Zooey Deschanel series New Girl on Tuesdays for an all-comedy night. I’m a huge fan of New Girl and I’m hoping The Mindy Project will be a nice companion show. Another high profile new series, Kevin Williamson’s serial killer show The Following starring Kevin Bacon, has been slated to premiere at midseason. Hit the jump to get a look at the full Fox schedule.
Well, at least part of Seth MacFarlane‘s portion of the Animation Domination line-up can celebrate today. EW has word that Fox has renewed Family Guy for an eleventh season and American Dad for an eighth season, each consisting of the standard 22 episodes. That means the Smith and Griffin households are happy, but the Brown family isn’t thrilled, at least not yet, as Fox is holding off on a decision to renew The Cleveland Show for now.
It’s not clear if they’re waiting until the upfronts to announce it (why not just hold all this information until then?) or if they’re waiting until the last possible minute to bring it back. Honestly, the animated series started strong, but it’s never reached the caliber of Family Guy or American Dad (which is vastly underrated and sometime better than the former MacFarlane series). Apparently there’s enough episodes in the works to keep The Cleveland Show going for a fourth season, so a decision might not necessarily come soon. Stay tuned as the upfronts get closer and more information becomes available on all series renewals and new series pick-ups.
Midseason is just around the corner, and now Fox is chiming in with their premiere dates for new and returning series. First of all, let’s just get this out of the way, the reality competition giant American Idol will return for its eleventh season on Wednesday, January 18th and 8/7c and Thursday January 19th at the same time.
Now let’s get on with the real series starting with Kiefer Sutherland’s return to Fox with Touch from Heroes creator Tim Kring debuting on Wednesday, January 25th at 9/8c. That’s a prime slot right after an airing of American Idol too. However, the series run won’t actually start until Monday, March 19th at 9/8c. For more premiere dates and times for shows like Alcatraz, Breaking In, The Finder, Napoleon Dynamite and returning shows like New Girl and Glee, hit the jump.
The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”
TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
Just recently we got a rundown of premiere dates for The CW’s returning and new series for the 2011-2012, now Fox has unveiled their premiere dates for new and returning series starting in September. Returning series include the musical comedy Glee, the family sitcom Raising Hope, and the long-running animated hit Family Guy. In addition, you’ll find premiere dates for promising new series like Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama Terra Nova, Jonah Hill’s new animated comedy Allen Gregory and Zooey Deschanel’s charmingly funny New Girl. For information on all the new series hitting fox, be sure to check out our upfronts article from last month. But for a full rundown of Fox’s premiere dates for these series and more (including The X Factor if that kind of show is your cup of tea) hit the jump.
Last October we found out that Seth MacFarlane’s portion of Animation Domination would have a hurricane hit all three of his series Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad. However, in the wake of a recent barrage of terrible storms and tornadoes hitting the Southeast United States and resulting in a rising death toll near 300 people, THR reports Fox has decided to pull the series of crossover episodes. It’s a smart move and certainly in good taste as people deal with this terrible tragedy. Repeats will air in place of the new episodes, and this series of crossover episodes will be held until next spring instead. Meanwhile, our thoughts go out to all those families affected by these storms.
Considering the fact that there seemed to be a lot of Bob’s Burgers naysayers simply bashing the show because they thought it was a replacement for a soon-to-be-canceled American Dad!, we have some good news Stan Smith and his unique family will be around on Fox for at least one more season as the network announced today that it has renewed the animated series for its seventh season. The renewal just continues Seth MacFarlane’s domination of Fox’s staple Sunday night Animation Domination programming line-up. Though the show doesn’t exactly live up to the quality of Family Guy (yes, I’m still a fan and always will be), the show certainly still delivers quality animated comedy.
Seth MacFarlane has crossed over certain characters from all three of his series, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad, into one another for quick laughs. But next year, one single storyline will unify all the series for one night during May sweeps. TV Guide reports a hurricane will hit all three of the families’ homes in each of their respective series and they each deal with it in their own special way. Hit the jump for details on the episodes to air next year.
Fox has announced their fall premiere dates, kicking things off on September 11th with an astounding 800th episode of Cops. All of the new series (Lone Star, Raising Hope, Running Wilde) and most of the new seasons (House, Glee, Hell’s Kitchen, Bones, Fringe, Human Target, The Good Guys, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy) will premiere the following week, September 20-26.
With September 26th allotted to a one-hour season premiere of Family Guy, the season premiere (and 100th episode) of American Dad will be held for October 3rd, while the third season of Lie to Me will drop on November 10th. Hit the jump for the full schedule.
You’ve just run the gauntlet of three days at the San Diego Comic-Con. Congratulations! There’s still one day left, but looking at the schedule for Sunday, most would agree that it’s a light day. There’s nothing even happening in Hall H and there are no super-duper major events and that’s because A) Sunday is designated as “Kids Day” and B) Folks are going to catch their flights home. Still, there’s some stuff you may want to stick around and see and since you’ve most likely been stuck in one ballroom or another for the past three days, you may want to run to the exhibitors floor and see if you can get any good deals.
Hit the jump to check out the full schedule for Sunday where I’ve highlighted events that I think may be popular. And if you missed it, click here for Saturday, click here for Friday, and click here for Thursday.