Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 Fantasy Schedule: Fox

This will be both the easiest and the hardest schedule to predict. Fox has already ordered and renewed all its scripted programming for next season, so there's no predictions for which pilots will go to series. However, they picked up more than twice the number of pilots I (and many others on the internet) expected. So this should be fun.


8:00 - Bones
9:00 - Rake (NEW)

Rake seems like the ideal candidate to keep this slot warm until The Following returns at midseason: both have short orders and both have movie stars transitioning to TV (Rake stars Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear). Plus this is House's old slot, and Rake seems like the lawyer version of House.


8:00 - Dads (NEW)
8:30 - Surviving Jack (NEW)
9:00 - New Girl
9:30 - Us & Them (NEW)

Okay, so... I know this looks crazy: three new shows with New Girl right in the middle. But with Fox ordering so many damn comedies, not to mention renewing The Mindy Project for whatever reason (it sure isn't a ratings success), they have to all go somewhere. Dads seems most compatible with Surviving Jack, the new comedy based on the other book by Sh*t My Dad Says author Justin Halpern and starring Christopher Meloni, but I could also see it being worked into the Sunday night lineup since it's produced by Seth MacFarlane. For now, I'm putting it here, and when you see my Friday night schedule, it should make more sense. Us & Them is the perfect show to try to launch out of New Girl: it's got two female-drawing leads (Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel), and it's about the trials of a young couple. It's the ideal female-centric lead-out for New Girl.


8:00 - The X Factor

It's possible that The X Factor gets cut down by an hour or a half hour later in the fall to accommodate a new series, but for now I'll leave this night as is.


8:00 - The X Factor
9:00 - Glee

Glee isn't doing terribly well, even if it's still one of Fox's better-performing series. But the only other option besides Thursday is to put it on Friday, and Fox would be completely idiotic if they did that, for the simple fact that Glee's target audience will not be in front of the TV on Friday nights. So I'm leaving it where it is.


8:00 - Raising Hope
8:30 - The Mindy Project
9:00 - Sleepy Hollow (NEW)

Ok, so here goes. I don't know if this will actually happen. Both Raising Hope and The Mindy Project are low-rated sitcoms, yet both received orders for new seasons. It's entirely possible, even, that these shows are announced as airing on Friday and then get pulled to fill in for failed new shows, etc. But even if this block does air, I think it would be the wisest use of these comedies, neither of which can really pull in an audience. Sleepy Hollow is the kind of fantasy show Fox loves to pick up and then dump on Fridays, so I think that's what will happen here. But with Friday now something of a destination night for fantasy/sci-fi (Grimm, Fringe, Nikita), it might not even be a death sentence for Sleepy Hollow. There are also rumors that it will be a limited series, so Friday might be an ideal place for it.


8:00 - The Simpsons
8:30 - Bob's Burgers
9:00 - Family Guy
9:30 - American Dad

I don't think there will be any changes here for the fall. I wouldn't be shocked if one or more of Fox's male-centric comedies ended up in the middle of this lineup at some point midseason, though. I think The Cleveland Show will be canceled, but it will probably air any remaining episodes (since animated shows produce so far in advance) at 7:30, if there are any to air.


Fox has the Super Bowl this year, so predicting which show gets the post-game slot will be fun. They have a lot of options, considering they picked up two other new dramas (Gang Related and Almost Human, yet another J.J. Abrams series) and two other new comedies (Enlisted and Brooklyn Nine Nine). The Following will also return at midseason. I'll go out on an early limb and say Almost Human gets the post-Super Bowl slot. Other than that, I've got nothing.

Bottom Line Predictions

New Series - Gang Related, Rake, Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow, Dads, Surviving Jack, Enlisted, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Us & Them

Canceled Series - The Mob Doctor, Fringe, Touch, Ben & Kate, The Cleveland Show 

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