New Fox fall schedule taking chances with live-action Seth MacFarlane show and 24 revival in summer 2014
Of all the TV networks looking to claw back its audience in the era of Netflix and Duck Dynasty, Fox may have taken the most chances in its new fall schedule, summed up in a single sentence.
24 returns next summer.
The network announced today that its revival of Kiefer Sutherland’s Emmy-winning, real-time action series 24 – which centered each season on 24 hours in the life of haiunted, principled government agent Jack Bauer – will air in the summer of 2014.
That’s important because, unlike other attempts by TV networks to offer shows year-round, Fox is putting its money where its mouth is – centering a long-anticipated 24 revival, dubbed 24: Live Another Day, during a time when most broadcasters resort to Canadian imports and reality TV to keep the lights on.
(Whether 24 will still be as compelling without the real time format – 12 episodes are planned to take place over a single day, instead of 24 – remains to be seen.)
There’s similar risk-taking elsewhere in their fall schedule. Dads, the comedy kicking off Tuesdays, is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s first stab at a TV show with flesh and blood actors, starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two gaming design hotshots whose dads – Martin Mull and Peter Riegert – move in.
Almost Human is a series concept from Star Trek reboot/Lost mastermind J.J.Abrams with Karl Urban (“Bones” McCoy in new Star Trek) and Michael Ealy as half-machine man and part-human machine investigating crimes for the police force 35 years in the future. Two producers from Abrams' Trek reboot also offer a modern day retelling of the Ichabod Crane legend in Sleepy Hollow, while Greg Kinnear comes back to TV as a House-like, dysfnctional criminal defense attorney in Rake.
Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher (NBC’s Homicide) are a young cop and his in-your-face boss in the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Christopher Meloni is another dramatic actor trying comedy in Surviving Jack, a show about a 1990s-era dad forced to become a Mr. Mom with a house full of challenging kids.
Singing competitions American Idol and The X-Factor are both on the network’s schedule for fall and midseason, though questions remain on who exactly will appear as judges on each. Kevin Bacon’s The Following, a drama which started strong and faded as its storytelling weakened also returns in midseason.
And with the creation of a kid-oriented cooking show from Gordon Ramsey, Junior Masterchef, the network has turned a surprising five hours of its schedule over to the bullying chef from across the pond.
Check out the full schedule below; feel free to discuss in the comments section:
FOX 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (new; late fall)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (new; fall) / THE FOLLOWING (midseason)
8:00-8:30 PM DADS (new)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR Results (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (fall) / RAKE (new; midseason)
8:00-9:00 PM JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (wt) (new; fall)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (late fall)
9:00-9:30 PM RAISING HOPE (late fall)
9:30-10:00 PM ENLISTED (new; late fall)
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
11:00 PM-12:30 AM ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF
7:00-7:30 PM NFL Game (fall)
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT (fall)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
Scheduling to be announced for the following new series slated for midseason: GANG RELATED (new), SURVIVING JACK (new), US & THEM (new) and MURDER POLICE (new).