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Fox Announces 2012 Midseason Schedule: 'Alcatraz,' 'Touch' Premiere Dates

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 1st 2011 4:40PM
fox midseason Fox announced its 2012 midseason schedule with premiere dates set for returning favorites 'American Idol' and 'House,' as well as the network's new scripted lineup, including 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz' and 'Touch.'

The anticipated 'Bones' spin-off, 'The Finder,' will kick off the network's new scripted lineup on Thurs., Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' new mystery drama 'Alcatraz' -- the high-concept series that halted production in November in order to re-shoot a few scenes in the first seven episodes -- will premiere Mon., Jan. 16.

Kiefer Sutherland's new series, 'Touch,' is getting an 'American Idol' lead-in for a series premiere preview on Wed., Jan. 25, before heading to Sutherland's old '24' slot on Monday nights in March for its official premiere.

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Fox Midseason Series 'Alcatraz' Delays Production for Reshoots

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 8:00AM
Alcatraz castHigh-concept shows are so high-maintenance; barely a week after news emerged that NBC was halting production on its cerebral new drama 'Awake' for some creative fine-tuning, Deadline is reporting that Fox's 'Alcatraz' has followed suit.

The mystery drama, produced by J.J. Abrams, will pause production on new episodes to do reshoots for the first seven already completed, with plans to roll straight into filming the final six episodes once the reshoots are done.

But does this mean that the midseason thriller is in trouble?

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Are Networks Saving the Best New Shows for Midseason?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 13th 2011 9:00AM
Terra NovaHere we are: Fall TV premiere week.

There are some exciting shows slated for fall, including 'Person of Interest' (CBS' Michael Emerson-Jim Caviezel procedural with a twist), 'Up All Night' (NBC's relatable new comedy starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph), 'Pan Am' (ABC's swinging '60s drama set in the world of mile-high espionage), 'Secret Circle' ('The Vampire Diaries' boss Kevin Williamson's answer to witches) and 'Terra Nova' (Fox's ambitious time-travel dinosaur drama, pictured), just to name a few.

But some of the most buzzed-about shows are being held for January 2012 and beyond, and we're not the only ones taking note.

We gathered a group of esteemed critics to pick their favorite new dramas and comedies -- check out all our videos here -- and the conversation changed completely when we opened the selection up to include midseason offerings as well.

So, as much as people are probably over this common fill-in-the-blank statement, I'm saying it: This year, midseason is definitely the new fall. Check it out ...

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Stars We're Excited to See (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 25th 2011 12:00PM
Zooey! Jorge and Michael! Sarah Michelle (with or without her magical crabs)! Welcome to Part 4 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the stars we're most excited to see on our TVs this year.

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV, and this one has the most laughs.

I've split our chat into five insightful videos -- best new comedy, best new drama, worst new show and star we're happiest to see on TV (watch all four below), and returning show we're most excited for (posting Friday) -- so check back tomorrow for the last installment.

For now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to find out which stars we're most excited to see on TV.

And watch until the very end for a hilarious (to us, at least) crabby outtake ... anyone else ever sat through 'Simply Irresistible'?

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Fox Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:00PM
New Fox showsWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate, in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of Fox's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are seven shows total -- the good ('New Girl'), the bad ('I Hate My Teenage Daughter') and the why-the-hell-did-this-happen (animated 'Napoleon Dynamite') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Alexis Moore and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 9:30AM
The X FactorIn advance of this afternoons Upfront presentation in New York, Fox announced its fall 2011 TV schedule this morning. There aren't any big surprises, aside from the 'Bones' spinoff 'Finder' getting its debut at midseason instead of this fall as a contingency plan for Emily Deschanel's pregnancy like many predicted.

The long-delayed 'Terra Nova' finally gets its official debut this fall, with the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur show airing Monday nights at 8PM before 'House.' 'The X Factor' takes over 'American Idol''s time slot, and will help launch a new comedy on Wednesday nights.

Another interesting tidbit to note: 'America's Most Wanted' has been discontinued as a regular TV series; after 23 years Fox has decided to bring back the show in the form of occasional specials.

Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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Fox Pilots: What Did the Network Pick up for the 2011-2012 Season?

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 12:00PM
Geoff StultsBy now you've read about last night's Fox bloodbath, during which the network canceled five of its bubble shows to make room for new series.

So what, exactly, will fill those now-vacant time slots? Here's a rundown of the pilots The Hollywood Reporter says are a go.

The most notable (and inevitable) pickup is J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz,' about the storied San Francisco prison. There's also scientists and a time warp involved, naturally. 'Lost' vet Jorge Garcia stars in the crime drama, which somehow involves prisoners from the 1960s appearing in the present day.

Also on the list is the 'Bones' spinoff 'The Finder,' starring Geoff Stults as a person who's really, really good at finding things (people, possessions, etc.). The Florida Keys-set series could take the place of its predecessor while 'Bones' star Emily Deschanel is out on maternity leave later this year.

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Fox Cancels 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 11th 2011 8:30AM
Fox logoIt's that time of year again, the upfronts, when TV networks decide which shows live and which shows die. This year Fox has become the first network to announce which shows are being culled, and it's bad news for Christian Slater. Again...

Fox announced that it's cancelling five of its live action shows: 'Human Target,' Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Breaking In.' It also dropped the ax on some of its drama pilots, including the much talked-about 'Locke & Key' and 'Exit Strategy.'

Angry fans turned to Twitter to vent as the news broke late Tuesday, with 'Human Target' fans being among the most vocal. In fact, according to THR, they tweeted so vociferously that the show became a Top 10 trending topic.

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PTC Blasts 'Skins,' 'Alcatraz' to Begin Shooting Next Week and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 1:00PM
SkinsNotorious buzz-killers the Parents Television Council are at it again, calling MTV's new 'Skins,' which debuts on Monday, "the most dangerous show for teens."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement, "The marketing campaign itself makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior. The trailers we have seen thus far make sexual objects of almost every single one of its characters and asks not only for viewers to approve, but to actively participate by posting their own secret stories."

MTV probably isn't too worried about it, though, considering their ads seem to have been designed to incite controversy anyway.

UPDATE: Watch the 'Skins' cast respond to the PTC claims here.

In other news ...

J.J. Abrams revealed that 'Alcatraz' is set to begin shooting next week. The Fox pilot, which stars Jorge Garcia, will film starting Jan. 19. [THR]

Syfy's new series 'School Spirits' will examine haunted high schools and colleges across the country. The Mark Burnett-produced show is currently in development and will feature interviews with students, staff and faculty who have witnessed paranormal occurrences. [Variety]

Showtime is in talks to develop a docuseries about the San Francisco Giants. The Mike Tollin-produced show would follow the World Series-winning baseball team. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Return to 'Glee,' Two More Join 'Alcatraz' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 13th 2010 11:30AM
Gwyneth PaltrowOscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow is returning to 'Glee' for another singalong this season.

The 'Country Strong' actress confirmed the news to 'Access Hollywood.' Paltrow first appeared on the hit Fox series in November as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. She sang a few numbers with the cast, including Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You.'

'Glee' will be back in February with new episodes following the Super Bowl. CBS News anchor Katie Couric will guest star.

No word on when Paltrow's character will return, though May sweeps is a good guess.

In other casting news ...

Dane Cook will appear on 'Hawaii Five-0.' The comedian has been tapped to play Danno's (Scott Caan) brother. He'll appear in February. [Entertainment Weekly]

Anthony Michael Hall is heading to ABC's 'No Ordinary Family.' The '80s film star will appear in February as a "force to be reckoned with." [TV Guide]

'ER' veteran Parminder Nagra has joined the cast of Fox's 'Alcatraz.' Nagra will play Lucy, a lab technician. The J.J. Abrams project has also added Robert Forster as Ray Archer, a retired detective who now owns a cop hangout bar. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Casting News: Valerie Harper Heading to 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adding Series Regular and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2010 4:20PM
Valerie Harper'Desperate Housewives' is introducing Susan's (Teri Hatcher) boozy Aunt Claire, played by none other than Valerie Harper.

According to TV Guide, the 'Rhoda' star will appear in early 2011 when Lesley Ann Warren returns as Sophie, Susan's mom. Bob Newhart, who plays Sophie's husband, will not appear this time around.

In other casting news ...

Reiko Aylesworth has been tapped to play Daniel Dae Kim's love interest on 'Hawaii Five-0.' The role of Chin Ho's ex-fiancee could become recurring. Fans will recognize Aylesworth from 'The Good Wife,' '24' and of course 'Lost.' [Movieline]

• Newcomer Kody Batchelor has landed a possible recurring role on 'Glee.' Batchelor will play a new McKinley High football player and appear in the Super Bowl episode. [Movieline]

'Hawaii Five-0' is on the hunt for a new series regular. The show is casting a former CIA buddy of McGarrett. Think late 20s, early 30s Asia expert. [TV Guide]

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'Body of Proof' Gets Post-'DWTS' Time Slot, 'The Walking Dead' DVD Info and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 6:00PM
Body of ProofABC wasn't kidding when it said 'Body of Proof' would get a proper promotional push. The Dana Delany drama will premiere March 29 at 10PM ET, right after 'Dancing With the Stars.'

According to Zap2It, the medical examiner drama will premiere in Italy, Spain and Hungary in January and February.

ABC originally intended 'Body of Proof' to be a Friday contender, but this season, networks have had both success and failure on that night. NBC failed to attract an audience for 'Outlaw' and 'School Pride,' whereas CBS has found millions of viewers for 'Blue Bloods' and its transplanted 'CSI: NY.'

The Tuesday time slot puts 'Body of Proof' directly in competition with another female-driven series: 'The Good Wife.'

In other TV news ...

ABC is developing two musical shows, one starring Idina Menzel. The Menzel project comes from 'Samantha Who?' veteran Bob Kushell and will feature the Broadway star as a single mother working gigs to support her teen daughter. The second project, a female-driven comedy, comes from 'Sharpay Fabulous' writer Robert Horn. [Deadline Hollywood]

Sarah Jones has landed the lead role in J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz.' The 'Sons of Anarchy' actress will play Rebecca Madsen, a brainy and slightly obsessive police officer in the Fox pilot. [Deadline Hollywood]

Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank is working on a fashion-based game show for The CW. The series, which hasn't received a pilot order, would pit fashionistas against one another in a test of their fashion and style knowledge. [Vulture]

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Casting News: Jorge Garcia and J.J. Abrams Reunite for 'Alcatraz,' Olympia Dukakis on 'Law & Order: SVU' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 22nd 2010 1:35PM
Jorge GarciaJorge Garcia returns to TV tonight for his guest spot on 'How I Met Your Mother''s 'Blitzgiving' episode, but if all goes according to plan, he'll be back on a regular basis in the fall.

According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, Garcia has been cast as the first series regular in J.J. Abrams' new Alcatraz series. Garcia will team up with his former 'Lost' producer as Dr. Diego Soto, an Alcatraz expert brought in to help the FBI investigate the reappearance of a "group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day."

Much like 'Lost,' Garcia is the first person cast on the new show.

In other casting news ...

Former 'Roswell' actress Majandra Delfino will star in the new ABC Family pilot 'The State of Georgia.' She'll play the science nerd best friend of "curvy performer" Raven Symone. [Deadline]

Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis is dropping by 'Law & Order: SVU' for a guest spot as a lawyer. The episode will air Jan. 5, and also features Drea de Matteo and Shohreh Aghdashloo. [TV Guide]

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Fox and J.J. Abrams Headed to 'Alcatraz'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2010 1:00PM
FoxWhat happens when you take an eager network, a respected TV creator and America's most notorious prison? 'Alcatraz' happens.

Earlier this month we reported on the project from J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff, an executive producer on 'Lost,' but now it's found a home on Fox. According to Variety, the network has given the project a pilot commitment.

Not much information has been released about the project besides a logline The Live Feed reports as: "A show about mysteries, secrets and the most infamous prison of all time: Alcatraz."

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