On the heels of NBC’s busy Monday, Fox is shaking up the schedule in advance of the May 14 upfront presentation:
- Fox renewed the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch for a second season, joining Fringe, Bones, Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope on the safe list.
- Fellow freshman dramas Alcatraz and The Finder are cancelled, joining ambitious failure Terra Nova and House in the ether.
- The network picked up three new single-camera comedies (The Goodwin Games, It’s Messy, Ben & Kate) and two dramas (The Mob Doctor and The Following).
Details after the break.
Already renewed for Season 8, the Fox drama series Bones returns in a new timeslot on Mondays with all-new episodes, starting with a very untraditional arrival of Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) baby daughter. In “The Prisoner in the Pipe,” a neighborhood is on edge when remains are found in the sewer, identified as a male fugitive who escaped from the penitentiary for financial fraud, and Booth and Brennan turn to an inmate for clues about the murder.
During this recent interview to promote the return of the show, executive producers Hart Hanson (who is also executive producer of The Finder) and Stephen Nathan talked about what it will be like for Booth and Brennan to work together and have a baby together, how they decide when a recurring character will come back for a specific episode, how the arrival of the baby will change things (or not) for the characters, the decision to skip over showing the development of the Booth and Brennan relationship before skipping straight to the pregnancy, what’s to come for the other characters, what might happen to the four stand-alone episodes that are in limbo with the shortened season, and whether other cast members might appear on The Finder, if that series gets another season. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
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.
Hot off the heels of NBC releasing full trailers for their new slate of series set to debut next season, Fox has unveiled trailers for their new series. All in all, the most promising pilots based on the trailers seem to be Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Terra Nova and the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy New Girl (if only because of the inordinate amount of cuteness that Deschanel brings to every scene).
On the other hand, the Jamie Pressly-starred sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter looks painfully unfunny, and Napoleon Dynamite is simply a re-tread of territory that’s completely outdated. J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz looks promising, but its similarities to NBC’s contrived (and now cancelled) The Event give me a bit of pause. Judge for yourself after the jump with the trailers for these series plus Jonah Hill’s animated show Allen Gregory and the Bones spinoff The Finder.
Fox has stepped up to the plate to announce their TV schedule for 2011-2012 which includes a slew of new comedies and dramas, and one new unscripted series if that sort of things tickles your fancy. Fox’s new series includes Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure series Terra Nova, Zooey Deschanel in New Girl, Jamie Pressly in I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Jonah Hill’s new animated series Allen Gregory, an animated revival of Napoleon Dynamite, J.J. Abrams’ anticipated new series Alcatraz, the series The Finder from the creator of Bones, and Kiefer Sutherland’s return to TV at Fox with Touch. Oh, and if you care, Simon Cowell’s The X Factor is also coming to Fox.
After the jump you can check out Fox’s new schedule along with the official series synopses and first images for all the brand new series hitting the network.
All the inside sources at Fox are very talkative tonight. Earlier we reported the network ordered the Zooey Deschanel comedy pilot The New Girl and the J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz to series. THR hears the Bones spinoff The Finder — in which “a military-trained ‘finder’ (Geoff Stults) who helps locate lost items or persons in the Florida Keys” — was the next to be picked up. Likewise, the sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jaime Pressley and Katie Finnerman is “a go.” Fox is expected to retool the Mike O’Malley/Rachael Harris Family Album to be ready for midseason.
To make room for the new shows, Fox cancelled freshman series Breaking In, Traffic Light, The Chicago Code, and sophomore Human Target. No surprise in the marginally-rated bunch. I held out hope for The Chicago Code, easily the saddest loss for this writer. However, Hitfix heard directly from Code creator Shawn Ryan (who got the word from network president Kevin Reilly) that the show is no more. The good news: the two remaining episodes of season one will air.
[Update: Ryan is a wealth of information. The former Lie to Me showrunner tweets, "Sounds like Lie To Me has been cancelled as well." TV By the Numbers confirms the procedural drama is cancelled after three seasons on the air.]
I imagine there will be mourning for geek-friendly properties Breaking In and Human Target. If anyone will miss Traffic Light, I want to meet you. Please speak up in the comments.