'American Idol' and 'Glee' anchor new Fox fall lineup
While The Juice* is still mourning the loss of ABC's FlashForward (of course the viewership dropped; it was on hiatus for three months!), Fox has announced its fall lineup. Surprise, surprise, it features a modified American Idol and a lot of support for Glee, the only Fox show anyone we know really enjoys.
The departure of Simon Cowell is a big concern to the network, which has decided to stretch the Tuesday night performance episode to 90 minutes and make the Wednesday results show a mere 30 minutes. Hey, ratings slid nine percent this season, you know.
"We have to find a judge to replace Simon who provides both musical credibility and an incredible entertainment value," entertainment chairman of the Fox Networks Group Peter Rice told the AP. "Anytime you have a change, it's something you have to do right."
The first Tuesday sitcom is Raising Hope, about a 23-year pool cleaner with a baby. Cloris Leachman is part of that cast. The second, Running Wilde, will feature Will Arnett as a rich guy trying to win his old high school flame, played by erstwhile Felicity, Keri Russell.
The only other confirmed show is Lonestar, sort of a Dallas retread. Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova, an epic that follows a time-traveling family from 2149, may not be ready, so it hasn't been given a slot yet. Later in the year, Fox will introduce yet another animated show, Bob's Burgers; a buddy comedy called Mixed Signals; and a cop show called Ride-Along. You think they could be bothered to pick up FlashForward? They set it up to run until 2016, you know.