By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
9:14 AM CDT, May 13, 2013
Calling its 2013-14 schedule Fox’s “biggest investment in original programming in our history,” Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly on Monday presented the network’s plans to launch original shows over all 12 months of the year.
The schedule includes five new comedies, four dramas and the network’s first “event” series, “Wayward Pines” from M. Night Shyamalan. Reilly also confirmed that the network would bring back “24” as a limited-run event series.
Other highlights of the schedule include “New Girl” getting the post-Super Bowl slot for 2014 and “Glee” taking a midseason break, returning in the spring and continuing into the summer.
The “Glee” plan is indicative of the overall Fox schedule, which will see staggered premiere dates, shows lasting anywhere from 13 to 22 episodes and one season bleeding into another. Reilly said he’d prefer abolishing the idea of the midseason, since Fox plans to offer continual new programming.
Fox beefed up its Tuesday night comedy block and moved some shows, including “Bones” and “Raising Hope,” to Friday nights, where it will air scripted programs for the first time.
Reilly wouldn’t say if all the “American Idol” judges were out, but did confirm Randy Jackson was leaving. He said the show will go back to a three-judge panel next season and that other format changes were coming.
Below is the schedule Fox released this morning, as well as short descriptions of its new series.
FOX 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
(New shows in CAPS. All times CT)
7-8 p.m.: Bones (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (late fall)
8-9 p.m.: SLEEPY HOLLOW (fall) / The Following (midseason)
7-7:30 p.m.: DADS
7:30-8 p.m.: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8-8:30 p.m.: New Girl
8:30-9 p.m.: The Mindy Project
7-9 p.m.: The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)
7-8 p.m.: The X Factor Results (fall) / American Idol Results (midseason)
8-9 p.m.: Glee (fall) / RAKE (midseason)
7-8 p.m.: JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (fall)
8-9 p.m.: SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
7-8 p.m.: Bones (late fall)
8-8:30 p.m.: Raising Hope (late fall)
8:30-9 p.m.: ENLISTED (new; late fall)
6-9:30 p.m.: Fox Sports Saturday
10-11:30 p.m.: ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF
6-6:30 p.m.: NFL Game (fall)
6:30-7 p.m.: THE OT (fall)
7-7:30 p.m.: The Simpsons
7:30-8 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 p.m.: Family Guy
8:30-9 p.m.: American Dad
Scheduling to be announced for the following new series slated for midseason: GANG RELATED, SURVIVING JACK, US & THEM and MURDER POLICE.
FOX NEW SERIES SYNOPSES
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”) and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a single-camera workplace comedy about what happens when a hotshot detective (Samberg) gets a new Captain (Braugher) with a lot to prove.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Universal Television
CREATORS/WRITERS: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dan Goor, Michael Schur, David Miner
DIRECTORS: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
CAST: Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Chelsea Peretti as Gina
Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the team behind “Ted” FAMILY GUY, stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green (FAMILY GUY) and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi (“My Name is Earl,” “Ted,” “Avatar”) as two successful gaming entrepreneurs – and childhood best friends – whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, “Two and a Half Men,” and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos”) move in.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Fuzzy Door Productions
CREATORS/WRITERS: Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
DIRECTOR: Mark Cendrowski
CAST: Seth Green as Eli, Giovanni Ribisi as Warner, Martin Mull as Crawford, Peter Riegert as David, Vanessa Lachey as Camila, Brenda Song as Veronica, Tonita Castro as Edna
Starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent and heartfelt single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
CREATOR/WRITER: Kevin Biegel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce
DIRECTOR: Phil Traill
CAST: Geoff Stults as Pete Hill, Chris Lowell as Derrick Hill, Parker Young as Randy Hill, Keith David as Donald Cody, Angelique Cabral as Jill Perez
Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”) and Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (“Six Feet Under,”), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Bonanza Productions Inc.
CREATOR/WRITER: J.H. Wyman
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, J.H. Wyman
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brad Anderson (pilot), Kathy Lingg, Reid Shane
DIRECTOR: Brad Anderson
CAST: Karl Urban as John Kennex, Michael Ealy as Dorian, Minka Kelly as Valerie Stahl, Michael Irby as Richard Paul, Mackenzie Crook as Rudy Lom, Lili Taylor as Maldonado
From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”), comes the thrilling new action-adventure SLEEPY HOLLOW. In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, “Shame,” “American Violet”) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, K/O Paper Products
CO-CREATORS: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, Len Wiseman
WRITERS: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Heather Kadin
SUPERVISING PRODUCER: Phillip Iscove
DIRECTOR: Len Wiseman
CAST: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane, Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills, Orlando Jones as Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane
JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (working title)
JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (wt), the new culinary competition series for talented kids, gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Shine America, One Potato Two Potato
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn, Ben Adler
JUDGES: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, Graham Elliot
Gritty new fast-paced drama GANG RELATED, follows RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez, “Battle Los Angeles,” “The Wire”), a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force – led by SAM CHAPEL (Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”) – who teams up with longtime Task Force member CASSIUS GREEN (RZA, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Californication”) to take on the city’s most dangerous gangs, including one he has an allegiance to. The series is from creator/writer Chris Morgan (“Wanted,” “Fast Five”), Academy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer (“24,” “A Beautiful Mind”), director Allen Hughes (“Dead Presidents,” “Book of Eli,” “Menace II Society”) and executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum (“The Shield”).
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment, Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions
CREATOR/WRITER: Chris Morgan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Morgan, Scott Rosenbaum, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Allen Hughes (pilot)
DIRECTOR: Allen Hughes
CAST: Ramon Rodriguez as Ryan Lopez, RZA as Cassius Green, Sung Kang as Tae Kim, Inbar Lavi as Vee, Terry O’Quinn as Sam Chapel, Shantel VanSanten as Jessica Shawl, Cliff Curtis as Javier Acosta, Jay Hernandez as Daniel Acosta
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”) makes his broadcast television series debut with the bold new legal drama RAKE, created by Peter Duncan (ABC1 Australia’s “Rake”) and executive-produced by Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”) and Michael Wimer (“2012”). Kinnear is KEEGAN DEANE, one of life’s great addicts, a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one. Keegan takes on the cases that nobody else will touch, ruled by a resolute optimism, belief in justice and dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption--much like himself.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment, Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd.
CREATOR/WRITER: Peter Duncan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh, Ian Collie, Sam Raimi (pilot)
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Greg Kinnear, Leslie Tolan
DIRECTOR: Sam Raimi
CAST: Greg Kinnear as Keegan Deane, Miranda Otto as Maddy Deane, John Ortiz as Ben, Necar Zadegan as Scarlet, Bojana Novakovic as Melissa “Mikki” Partridge, Tara Summers as Leanne Zander, Ian Colletti as Finn Deane
ew animated comedy MURDER POLICE expands the boundaries of the cop show genre as only animation can. Executive-produced by David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY) and created by rising writer/animator/performer Jason Ruiz, the series features the voices of Will Sasso (“The Three Stooges,” “MADtv”), Chi McBride (“Golden Boy”) and Jane Lynch (GLEE), and follows a dedicated, but inept detective (Ruiz) and his colleagues in a twisted city precinct.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Bento Box Animation
CO-CREATORS: David A. Goodman, Jason Ruiz
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/SHOWRUNNER: David A. Goodman
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jason Ruiz
VOICE CAST: Jason Ruiz as Manuel and Mario Sanchez, Will Sasso as Tommy Margaretti, Chi McBride as Randall Hickox, Jane Lynch as Justice, Phil LaMarr as Donel, Peter Atencio as John Rushour, Justina Machado as Rosa Sanchez
SURVIVING JACK is a new single-camera ensemble comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, “I Suck at Girls.” Set in 1990s Southern California, Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni (“True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) stars as a man becoming a dad, as his son (Connor Buckley, “Deception”) is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google.
CREATORS/WRITERS: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bill Lawrence, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Jeff Ingold
DIRECTOR: Victor Nelli
CAST: Christopher Meloni as Jack Dunlevy, Connor Buckley as Frankie Dunlevy, Claudia Lee as Rachel Dunlevy, Kevin Hernandez as George, Tyler Foden as Mikey
US & THEM
Based on an award-winning BBC series and starring Emmy Award nominee Jason Ritter (“Parenthood,” “The Event”) and Alexis Bledel (“Mad Men,” “Gilmore Girls”), US & THEM is a single-camera ensemble romantic comedy about a young couple, whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.¿
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Sony Pictures Television, BBC Worldwide Productions
WRITER: David Rosen
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Rosen, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
DIRECTOR: Michael Patrick Jann
CAST: Jason Ritter as Gavin, Alexis Bledel as Stacey, Dustin Ybarra as Archie, Ashlie Atkinson as Nessa, Jane Kaczmarek as Pam, Kurt Fuller as Michael, Kerri Kenney as Gwen
2014 event series
24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY
The high-octane saga will reunite showrunner Howard Gordon with star Kiefer Sutherland and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. The suspenseful event series once again follows the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland), who will resume his story several years following the events of the final season.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Teakwood Lane Productions
CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland
Based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs,”), WAYWARD PINES is an intense, mind-bending new thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Secret Service agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon, “Crash,” “City of Ghosts”) arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: FX Productions
CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chad Hodge
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Donald DeLine, Ashwin Rajan
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