In sports, they call it a rebuilding year.
At Fox, the 2000-01 TV season is more like a chance at redemption, after seeing all but two of its new fall and midseason shows shot down in flames this year.
The network announced Thursday it will present nine new series this fall _ nearly half its prime-time lineup, with seven new hourlong dramas _ shaking up every night but its well-rated Sunday evening roster.
Despite lots of grousing and threats throughout the year, star David Duchovny will return to The X-Files, earning a reported $350,000 to $400,000 per episode to appear in just half of next season's 22 episodes, according to Daily Variety.
UPN also announced Thursday it would present four new series this fall, including D.L. Hughley's family sitcom The Hughleys, which migrates from ABC. In turn, Dilbert, Malcolm & Eddie, Secret Agent Man and Shasta McNasty all shuffled off to cancellation-ville.
It's do-or-die time at Fox, which saw most of its new shows tank badly in a year that stalwart series such as Party of Five and Beverly Hills, 90210 also retired. The new schedule also retires Jennifer Love Hewitt's Time of Your Life, the animated comedy Family Guy, and the drama Get Real.
Instead, Fox offers Boston Public, a new series about teachers from Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley _ turning Mondays into a two-hour showcase for Kelley's Beantown-based dramedies.
In fact, Fox's new lineup is studded with efforts from famous creators, including Dark Angel, a series from Titanic director James Cameron; The $treet, a drama from Sex and the City creator Darren Star; The Lone Gunmen, an X-Files spinoff from creator Chris Carter; and an as-yet untitled drama from Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton.
With PO5 and 90210 out the door, Wednesday offers more comedy, featuring John Goodman as a gay father in Don't Ask and acerbic comic Robert Schimmel in Schimmel. Fridays are a haven for oddball drama, featuring the Internet-based series Fearsum, and the anthology series Night Visions.
UPN adds The Hughleys and Girlfriends _ a sitcom produced by Frasier's Kelsey Grammer _ to solidify its black-centered Monday night.
Meanwhile, Friday offers lots of male-oriented action in Freedom, a series about four rebels fighting an American dictatorship and Level 9, an adventure show about government agents who fight technology crimes.
Fox's new schedule:
Monday: Boston Public, Ally McBeal. Tuesday: That '70s Show, Titus, Dark Angel. Wednesday: Don't Ask, Schimmel, The $treet. Thursday: The Lone Gunmen, untitled Michael Crichton drama. Friday: Fearsum, Night Visions. Saturday: Cops, America's Most Wanted. Sunday: Futurama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, The X-Files.
UPN's new schedule:
Monday: Moesha, The Parkers, The Hughleys, Girlfriends. Tuesday: UPN's Night at the Movies. Wednesday: 7 Days, Star Trek: Voyager. Thursday: WWF Smackdown! Friday: Freedom, Level 9.
_ Material from Times Wires contributed to this report.