Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 Upfronts: Fox Fall Schedule

Monday

8:00 - Terra Nova (NEW)
9:00 - House (New Timeslot)

The only surprising thing about this piece of the schedule is that Terra Nova is leading the night rather than following House. I guess Fox is counting on the family audience they hope to get tuning in a little earlier, since the fact that it's Steven Spielberg + dinosaurs will likely be a selling point for families.

Tuesday

8:00 - Glee
9:00 - The New Girl (NEW)
9:30 - Raising Hope (New Timeslot)

As expected, Glee will serve as jumping off point for a new sitcom the way it did this season with Raising Hope.

Wednesday

8:00 - The X Factor (NEW)
9:30 - I Hate My Teenage Daughter (NEW)

I'm glad The X Factor won't be taking up three entire hours of the schedule, and hopefully it will be able to do good things for I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

Thursday

8:00 - The X Factor Results (NEW)
9:00 - Bones

The more I think about it, the more I wish Fox would have paired House and Bones together on Monday and launched Terra Nova on Thursday. Just a personal preference, becaue if The X Factor does as well as Fox is anticipating then it seems like a wasted opportunity to give a new scripted show a good lead-in.

Friday

8:00 - Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 - Fringe

No surprise here. Fringe got a miracle renewal, so it will obviously live the remainder of its days in a bad timeslot. I don't really understand why Kitchen Nightmares is listed as a full-season show (on both the fall and midseason schedules) when Fox has Mobbed lined up as well.

Sunday

7:30 - The Cleveland Show (New Timeslot)
8:00 - The Simpsons
8:30 - Allen Gregory (NEW)
9:00 - Family Guy
9:30 - American Dad (New Timeslot)

I'm glad The Cleveland Show is being shoved in the 7:30 slot instead of American Dad; the latter is much funnier and performs much better in the regular lineup. When Fox originally announced Allen Gregory's pickup, it was said to be a midseason show. Apparently they want to get it out there, though they should have given it the 9:30 slot if they were really hoping for success. Its order is only for 7 episodes, so I don't know what Fox will do with that slot afterward... reruns?

Midseason

At midseason, the Monday 8:00 timeslot will be reclaimed by House and 9:00 will be taken over by Alcatraz due to the long turnaround time for episodes of Terra Nova; American Idol will take over for The X Factor on Wednesdays and Thursdays; The Finder will fill in for Bones while the show is on hiatus because of the lead's pregnancy; Napoleon Dynamite will fill the void left by Allen Gregory at 8:30 on Sunday; and American Dad will leave the schedule indefinitely to accomodate the second season of Bob's Burgers at 9:30.

Furthermore, Fox is planning a two-hour comedy block on Tuesdays when Glee has a month-long hiatus in the spring. It will feature Raising Hope, The New Girl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and either Little in Common or Family Album, neither of which were formally picked up but are still in contention for that short order in this timeslot.

Fox also ordered the Kiefer Sutherland-led ensemble drama Touch, by Heroes creator Tim Kring, for midseason. They did not announce where they plan to fit it, however.

Overall this is quite the confusing schedule. The network seems to have ordered too many projects, which also happened to them this current season when they picked up a second season of Human Target only to have it double-up episodes to get through its order before American Idol and the other shows returned from hiatus. I don't see where they have room for Touch, unless the new comedies and/or Raising Hope fail and it takes the post-Glee slot; or if Alcatraz is a massive failure and is pulled very early. But then they also have Mobbed set to debut sometime midseason, plus plenty of episodes of American Dad that need to be aired (considering it is off the midseason schedule but still has episodes from its last production cycle and from its latest one as well). But even after all that, the schedule is still pretty tight. There were no major shakeups, so Fox should have a pretty solid year once again.

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