Fox’s Fall lineup has just been announced, and it features just five new shows — two of which won’t debut until Spring. Then there’s one from this guy you may have heard of named “something-Spielberg,” which hasn’t even been scheduled yet…
House moves to Mondays at 8:pm, to be followed at 9:pm by new show Lonestar, a complex drama “set against the backdrop of big Texas oil.” Sounds like Dallas: The Next Generation to me.
Tuesdays will be Fox’s new night for comedy, with Glee moving up an hour to 8:pm. Two new half-hours follow at 9:pm and 9:30 — Raising Hope, about a young man trying to raise his infant daughter with the help of his eccentric family, and Running Wilde, starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell) about a California playboy who tries to win the heart of an ultra-liberal humanitarian, who also happens to be his childhood sweetheart.
Wednesday finds Fox giving Lie to Me one last chance to find an audience at 8:pm, along with (yawn) another season of the narcissistic Hell’s Kitchen.
Thursday night continues the successful pairing of Bones at 8:pm with Fringe at 9:pm, which are entering their sixth and third seasons, consecutively.
Relegated to Fox’s “Friday death slot” — aka, the night no programming can survive on Fox (see: Firefly, Wonderfalls, The Inside, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, and on and on) — are Human Target and The Good Guys.
Saturday remains a night of catch-the-criminals hoo-hah, with two of television’s longest-running reality shows, Cops and America’s Most Wanted.
Sunday is still “Animation Domination” night, with back-to-back half-hours of The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad, starting at 8:pm. They’ll be preceded by The OT, an NFL post-game show.
Joining the schedule mid-season will be procedural Ride-Along, half-hour romantic comedy Mixed Signals, and a fifth animated show on Sunday nights called Bob’s Burgers. Then there’s Terra Nova, a new Steven Spielberg creation, which has all the trappings of a big-budget blockbuster summer movie, only it’s a weekly hour-long. It finds an ordinary family caught up in a mission to save the earth by joining an expedition back to the time of the dinosaurs. Sounds really fun; here’s hoping they don’t stick it on Friday nights.