Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FOX's 2010-11 Schedule

Here's the FOX TV line-up for the 2010-11 season. I'm not sure how much detail I'll be going into for them.

One thing that Fox does that the other networks don't do is to specify not just that they'll have new shows at the mid-season but also when those new shows will debut in specific time-slots. Take this with a colossal grain of salt because let's face it no one, not even Rupert Bloody Murdoch, can proclaim with certainty that his line-up will remain intact until the new shows are supposed to start. I'll include the scheduled day for the mid-season shows, just don't bet on them being valid in five months time.

Cancelled: 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, Brothers, Sons Of Tuscon, 'Til Death.

Renewed: American Dad, Bones, COPS, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy. Fringe, House, , The Simpsons.

Moved: Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, Hell's Kitchen.

New: Bob's Burgers, Lone Star, Mixed Signals, Raising Hope, Ride Along, Running Wilde, Terra Nova.

Also, FOX has a series called The Good Guys on its schedule which will be "previewed" later this week and be part of the network's summer schedule for a while then transition into the Fall...if it gets good ratings. As well the network has a new drama called Terra Nova that is as yet unscheduled.

Complete Schedule: (New shows in Capitals)
8:00-9:00 p.m. House
9:00-10:00 p.m. LONESTAR/ RIDE-ALONG

8:00-9:00 p.m. Glee/American Idol (to 9:30 p.m.)
9:00-9:30 p.m. RAISING HOPE

8:00-9:00 p.m. Lie To Me (new day & time)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Hell's Kitchen (new day & season)

8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-10:00 p.m. Fringe

8:00-9:00 p.m. Human Target (new day & time)
9:00-10:00 p.m. The Good Guys/Kitchen Nightmares

8:00-9:00 p.m. COPS
9:00-10:00 p.m. America's Most Wanted

7:00-8:00 p.m. The OT/The Simpsons (repeats) (to 7:30 p.m.) American Dad (7:30-8:00 p.m.)
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Cleveland Show/BOB'S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad/The Cleveland Show

Lonestar stars James Wolk plays a conman living two lives with two very different women. In Houston as Bob Allen he's married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki) whose father Clint (Jon Voigt) is a multi-millionaire oilman. In Midland Texas he's Robert Allen, who has a girlfriend Lindsay (Eloise Mumford) and is secretly bilking the residents of their savings. He's lived both lives for years without suspicion, but with the cons coming close to their fruition, he's becoming increasingly worried that he may be discovered. Also stars Bryce Johnson, Mark Deklin, and David Keith.

Raising Hope is a new comedy from producer Greg Garcia deals with the sudden change facing young Jimmy Chance. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is going nowhere fast. He works cleaning pools and still lives with his parents and his Maw Maw (played by Cloris Leachman). After a brief encounter with a young woman who turns out to be a wanted felon, Jimmy finds himself charged with raising the result of that encounter, his baby daughter. He isn't going to get much help from his family none of whom seem at all interested in helping him raise a child, given that they had little interest in raising him.

Running Wilde stars Will Arnett as Steve Wilde, a multi-millionaire who just happens to be an immature playboy. He is determined to catch "the one who got away" ultra-liberal activist Emmy Kadubic (Kerri Russell) who was his childhood sweetheart. While Emmy is content living with her 12 year-old daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen) in the Amazon rain forest with an indigenous tribe, Puddle wants to live someplace "normal." She tell her mother about it except that she hasn't spoken to anyone for years. Emmy decides to attend an award ceremony for Steve (thrown by Steve) in hopes of enlisting his help in stopping the family company from destroying the home of her adopted tribe.

Ride-Along takes the audience on what is described as "an unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city." Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) is described as a larger-than-life veTerran Chicago cop who "throws away partners the way others throw away tissues." Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria) is his new partner, a young detective who is savvier and more observant than most people give him credit for. Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals) has reached the pinnacle of the Chicago Police Department and is intent on making changes before the mud of Chicago politics can clog her progress. Along the way she's made a lot of enemies who are determined to stop her.

Mixed Signals is a comedy about three long time friends who are trying to balance their relationships with their need for freedom. Ethan is a perpetual bachelor whose relationships usually last about three weeks; Adam has recently moved in with his girlfriend and is discovering the difference this level of commitment brings; and Mike is a happily married man who still hasn't quite worked out the male-female dynamic. Stars Alexandra Breckenridge, David Denham, Nelson Franklin, Liza Lapira, and Kris Marshall.

Bob's Burgers is an animated comedy about a man who runs a foundering burger place with his wife and three kids. Bob has plenty of ideas about burgers and condiments but virtually no idea about business management or customer service. Stars the voices of Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and Dan Mintz.

Terra Nova is a science fiction series produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury. In 2149, with the Earth doomed by overdevelopment, over-pollution, and overcrowding, but science literally provides an out – time travel. The Shannon family – Jim, Elizabeth, Josh and Maddy – are part of the pilgrimage to the Terra Nova colony in prehistoric Earth. There they face a natural world that includes dinosaurs, and external forces that threaten to destroy the colony, as well as a Shannon Family secret that threatens their residence in Terra Nova. No cast has been announced yet.


I am seriously underwhelmed with the Fox line-up. The network hasn't had great success with live action comedies, probably since Married...With Children and the shows that they've announced this time around are seriously underwhelming. I suppose if I had to pick one of the three that have been announced it might be Running Wilde because the concept is different from much of what we've seen, but on the whole I think that we're looking at impending doom for all three shows. As for Bob's Burgers, it sounds almost like an animated Fawlty Towers set at a burger stand. Like most of Fox's animated offerings it appeals to me not at all.

The new dramas are only slightly more promising. I don't think that the public will embrace Lonestar simply because I don't think the mass audience is prepared to regard a con artist and all around cad like Robert/Bob Allen as the protagonist in a drama. Ride-Along seems to me to have a lot more potential. At first it seems familiar enough – a cop show focusing on detectives in a big city – but it has a dark gritty undercurrent. It has something of a Southland vibe and if the network can carry it off it could be a winner. I'm just not fully convinced that the public will buy it. As for Terra Nova, despite (or in the case of Brannon Braga, because) of the people involved I just can't see it doing much more than carving out a niche in the market.

Later today – ABC.


Andrew Pang said...

" hasn't had great success with live action comedies, probably since Married...With Children"

Hmm, what about "That '70s Show" (1998-2006) or "Malcolm in the Middle" (1999-2006)?

Meanwhile, most of these shows aren't that exciting, but I'll be watching The Good Guys preview!

Brent McKee said...

Yeah, I forgot about those two. They were the exception rather than the rule, though I probably should have said "in recent years". Remember "The War At Home," "Quintuplets," "Stacked," "Happy Hour" or "Back To You?" Hardly a stunning track record.

I am interested in at least sampling "The Good Guys" even though some people suggest that it is a bit of a mess.