The Upfronts: FOX

by Anna Johns, posted May 17th 2007 2:02PM
fox logoThis year, FOX is hoping for a stronger fall season with a shorter baseball hiatus. Instead of 26 game nights, FOX is expecting to air only 14 games leading up to and including the World Series. Once again, FOX's January schedule has FOX poised for a win in ratings with non-stop 24 and renewal of American Idol. One schedule item worth noting is The Sarah Connor Chronicles, based on the Terminator movies. Fox chose to hold it until mid-season because they want a strong female audience, which is something they get when American Idol returns.

In: 'Til Death, House, Bones, The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad, America's Most Wanted, Cops, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, American Idol, 24, Prison Break,

New: K-Ville, New Amsterdam, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Back to You, Return of Jezebel James, Rules for Starting Over, Kitchen Nightmares, Canterbury's Law, Nashville

Out: The Winner, Standoff, Drive, The War at Home, The O.C., Justice, Happy Hour, The Rich List, Vanished, The Wedding Bells, The Loop

Moving: 'Til Death, Bones (spring)

New Shows:

K-Ville: A drama about cops working in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

New Amsterdam: A sci fi/drama about a homicide cop who is secretly hundreds of years old is tired of being alive.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Lena Headey stars as 'Sarah Connor', as in the character from the Terminator movies. The action/drama is about Connor's attempts to prevent the Terminator robots from killing her son.

Back to You: A sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, and Fred Willard. Grammer and Heaton are reunited as anchors on a Buffalo, NY news desk. Hilarity ensues.

Return of Jezebel James: A comedy about a woman who asks her estranged sister to carry her child. Stars Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose.

Rules for Starting Over: The Farrelly Brothers' comedy about a man who returns to the dating scene after a number of years in a relationship. Co-stars Rashida Jones, who plays 'Karen' on The Office. Fox promises a spring premiere, but currently does not have it on the schedule.

Kitchen Nightmares: Gordon Ramsey returns, this time he's not harassing wanna-be chefs, but he is trying to help failing restaurants survive.

Nashville: Unscripted show about young people pursuing musical dreams in Nashville. From the producers of Laguna Beach.

Canterbury's Law: Stars Julianna Margulies as an aggressive defense attorney who "is willing to bend the law in order to protect the wrongfully accused."

The Search for the Next Great American Band: Same as American Idol, but with bands.

Fall Schedule:

8 pm Prison Break
9 pm K-Ville

8 pm New Amsterdam
9 pm House

8 pm Back to You
8:30 pm 'Til Death
9 pm Bones

8 pm Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9 pm Kitchen Nightmares

8 pm The Search for the Next Great American Band
9 pm Nashville

8 pm Cops
8:30 pm Cops
9 pm America's Most Wanted

7 pm Football post-game
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm King of the Hill
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm American Dad

Spring Schedule:

8 pm K-Ville (January)/Prison Break(spring)
9 pm 24

8 pm American Idol
9 pm House

Wednesdays (January)
8 pm Back to You
8:30 pm 'Til Death
9 pm American Idol

Wednesdays (Spring)
8 pm Back to You
8:30 pm The Return of Jezebel James
9 pm American Idol results show
9:30 pm 'Til Death

8 pm Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
9 pm Canterbury's Law

Fridays (Spring)
8 pm Bones
9 pm New Amsterdam

8 pm Cops
8:30 pm Cops
9 pm America's Most Wanted

Sundays (Spring)
7 pm King of the Hill
7:30 pm American Dad
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Family Guy
9 pm The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Notes: FOX renewed 24 for two more seasons. Also, FOX intends to burn off the remaining episodes of The Loop this summer.

*THE OFFICE SPOILER ALERT* Tonight's season finale of The Office will probably reflect FOX's decision to pick up Rashida Jones' comedy series, Rules For Starting Over, even though it is not on the schedule (it is planned for a spring premiere). The Office reportedly filmed two season finales just in case Rashida's busy next year.

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HOUSE is the best show on TV at this time. It brings us to an hour of unusual stories that we have to use our minds to think about it and not know the end before the first commercial. I say leave it on at 8 and put it on as many times as you did last season (reruns or not).

May 30 2007 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not too disappointing - except for Bones! Friday nite and the Spring? Do they really need Bones to anchor a new show? This season Bones was my fav show of the Fox network with House coming in 2nd.

I thought Bones really came into its own this season and as already commented - Friday nite is like signing on for a "canceled already - just waiting for the ratings to give me a justification". Not the best news for this show.

Wonder now that they officially cancelled Standoff if they will show it as planned this Summer.

May 18 2007 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

praesil ABC is most likely going to move Lost back to 9pm on Wednesdays.

May 17 2007 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

K-ville looks to the only promising new Fox show this season (even with that ridiculous name). Back to You sounds like it'd be a hoot, but Kelsey Grammar hasn't had much luck with comedy shows on Fox (remember his sketch show?).

I give the rest of these flops six episodes or less.

May 17 2007 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They're moving Bones?! Oh gosh, I hope that it doesn't go against Lost. I love both shows, Lost for the mythology and the drama, and Bones for the shippy and the cute. I can't choose! (Okay, if it really comes down to it, I guess I'll pick Lost, because it's more a watercooler show and I don't know anyone else that watches Bones.)
And putting it on Fridays? I love the show to death and I'm a loyal network viewer, but come on, Fox!!

New Amsterdam looks cool, I'll probably tune into that.

Sarah Conner Chronicles on Sundays? I think that's the first time a drama has been on the Fox Sunday lineup since The X-Files.

May 17 2007 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are these shows also out?

"Nanny 911" and "Trading Spouses" seems like they are.

Also add "Celebrity Duets" to the out list.

May 17 2007 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's nice to see some shared disappointment on here about The Loop. It was a very funny show, and I was excited for its return. At least I'll get to watch the "burned off" eps this summer. Still, what crap.

May 17 2007 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why they keep wanting to put bones on Fridays (they scheduled it last year for the 2nd part of the year as well). It does well on Wed -- if they move it to the deadzone of Friday -- it's like they want to kill the show.

May 17 2007 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bones is coming back in the fall and it's moving to Fridays in the Spring.

Yeah... thanks for noticing the misspelling on "Wedding Balls".


May 17 2007 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Winner was mildly amusing. I wanted it to continue so we'd learn how he became the richest man in Buffalo. It's not going to keep me up nights like Jericho will.

Burn in hell CBS!

May 17 2007 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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