Fox unveiled its 2017-18 schedule this morning, which included hip-hop soap “Empire” shifting an hour earlier and “The X-Files” returning for midseason.
On Mondays, new Marvel series “The Gifted” will air after “Lucifer.” “The Mick” moves up to the fall for the next night, and will lead in to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Tuesdays. “Lethal Weapon” shifts to the same evening, kicking primetime off for the aforementioned sitcoms.
“Empire” and “Star” reunite on Wednesdays, with “Empire” now offering a very strong lead-in a 8 p.m.. “Gotham” will now air on Thursdays, leading in to Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville.” Fridays are for “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The Exorcist.”
For the midseason, Fox will introduce some of its new series, including Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk procedural drama “9-1-1,” medical drama “The Resident” and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced comedy “LA to Vegas.”
In addition to all its normal programming, Fox is also airing two live musical events — “A Christmas Story” in December and “Rent,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“This past season, we launched five of the top 15 new series – more than any other network – and next season, we’re using our strongest series to launch new shows and grow returning series,” Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, said in a statement. “We’re strategically pairing shows that have greater compatibility to increase audience flow and create higher duplication on each night. We endeavored to develop a mix of provocative, compelling dramas; broad, funny comedies; and exciting, live events from the best creators in the business – and we’re excited about these new shows.”
Fox’s fall schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.
8-9 P.M. — Lucifer
9-10 P.M. — THE GIFTED
8-9 P.M. — Lethal Weapon
9-9:30 P.M. — The Mick
9:30-10 P.M. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8-9 P.M. — Empire
9-10 P.M. — Star
8-9 P.M. — Gotham
9-10 P.M. — THE ORVILLE
8-9 P.M. — Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 P.M. — The Exorcist
7-10:30 P.M. — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7-7:30 P.M. — NFL on Fox
7:30-8 P.M. The OT / Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 P.M. — The Simpsons
8:30-9 P.M. — GHOSTED
9-9:30 P.M. — Family Guy
9:30-10 P.M. — The Last Man on Earth
Here are all the new series descriptions, in Fox’s own words:
NEW DRAMA SERIES
The drama tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell).
Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants.
“The Gifted” is written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg , Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television are producing.
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane and directed by Jon Favreau, “The Orville” is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki).
As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald. Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.
20th Century Fox Television, along with MacFarlane, Favreau, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens are executive producing.
NEW COMEDY SERIES
Starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, “Ghosted” is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. Leroy Wright (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we’re speaking frankly, thinks that “aliens” are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts…People like Max Jennifer (Scott). Max is a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who’s convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by Captain Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker), a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey, along with her staff – Barry Shaw (Adeel Akhtar), an overly friendly forensic pathologist, and Delilah Ward, a highly opinionated tech specialist – will support Leroy and Max in their quest for answers. Now, this heroic group of underdogs will look into “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles that often leads them to scary, thrilling and hilarious places, as they attempt to uncover the truth and keep the earth rotating on its axis for at least one more day.
Twentieth Century Fox is producing. Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Jonathan Krisel, Robinson, Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst and Mark Schulman are executive producing.
The following new dramas will debut in midseason on FOX:
NEW MIDSEASON DRAMA SERIES
From prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama 9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders – cops, paramedics, firefighters – the people who put their lives on the line to save others. Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story”), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting.
Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident” is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Meet Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), and turn them into real-life doctors. Devon is an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor. With Conrad’s help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred. Nothing, not even the best medical school in the country, could have prepared him for what he’s about to learn.
As Devon accompanies Conrad through the hospital’s halls, he meets distinguished chief of surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), the face of the hospital and its most sought-after doctor, whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered with the help of allies under his command; Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson), a rising star surgeon from Nigeria who is threatening Bell’s dominance, but who also is in the U.S. on a visa; and Nicolette Nevin (Emily VanCamp), one of Chastain Memorial’s most respected nurses and Conrad’s on-again-off-again romantic partner. While Conrad opens Devon’s eyes to the stark realities of hospital life, the once-optimistic young doctor soon realizes that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other. Not all patients are angels and not all doctors are gods, but one thing’s for sure: expectations are meant to be shattered.
Twentieth Century Fox Television is producing. Antoine Fuqua, Amy Holden Jones, David Boorstein, Oly Obst, Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi and Phillip Noyce are executive producing. Noyce is directing. Holden Jones, Schore and Sethi are writing.
NEW MIDSEASON COMEDY SERIES
“LA TO VEGAS”
From executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Lon Zimmet and Steve Levitan, “LA to Vegas” is a single-camera ensemble comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner. Welcome to Jackpot Airlines, a budget carrier whose junket flight from LA to Vegas and back again, is filled with dreamers looking for that big score.
Holding (or, more to the point, barely holding) these voyages together is Ronnie (Kim Matula), a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool (oftentimes, with little success) whether she’s dealing with a bi-polar bride-to-be or the dead body in Row 13. Managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays gets even trickier when Ronnie develops a “location-ship” with Colin (Ed Weeks), a regular passenger and an economics professor, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Further complicating her job every weekend is Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott), the narcissistic pilot whose fighter-pilot dreams never quite worked out; Bernard (Nathan Lee Graham), the always-positive career flight attendant who thinks there’s no flight more magical than the LA-to-Vegas; Artem (Peter Stormare), the genial professional gambler who serves as the plane’s resident (but unofficial) bookie; and Nichole (Olivia Macklin), the sweet-natured, part-time stripper who’s a lot savvier than people realize. It won’t be easy, but this unlikely group of miscreants and dreamers will eventually go from being strangers on a plane to a supportive, if unconventional, family…from Friday to Sunday…whether they like it or not.
Twentieth Century Fox Television and Gary Sanchez Productions are producing. Zimmet is writing and Levitan is directing.