Fox on Monday unveiled its fall 2019-20 lineup, offering the first glimpse to its “new chapter” in the aftermath of the Disney-Fox merger.
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For its sixth and final season, Empire—which will celebrate its 100th episode—will move from Wednesday to Tuesday nights, with Fox’s highest-rated series, The Masked Singer, taking its slot. The musical reality competition has also been renewed for two more seasons, with season three premiering after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Leading up to that Super Bowl broadcast, the network is also realigning itself with a bigger emphasis on sports, including Thursday Night Football, WWE’s Smackdown Live on Fridays, and college football on Saturdays.
Fox’s animated hits, The Simpsons, Bobs Burgers, and Family Guy, will also stay put on Sunday evenings. Meanwhile, Last Man Standing and Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville, will be pushed to return to the network in 2020.
Before the fall lineup goes into full swing, BH90210, the revival of the iconic ‘90s teen soap, will premiere Aug. 7. After releasing its first teaser last week, Fox debuted an additional preview during its Monday presentation. The series comprises most of the original cast as “heightened versions of themselves.” Missing is Luke Perry, who died last March at the age of 52.
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The network also picked up six dramas and three comedies, most of which will wait for midseason and later in 2020. Leading the group is the recently ordered spinoff series, 911: Lone Star, which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. The series, starring Rob Lowe, will be executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear.
“In 911: Lone Star, they’ve given us a special opportunity to expand the franchise into new territory—literally and figuratively—and we’re thrilled to have the incomparable Rob Lowe headline this new iteration when it joins our schedule next season,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment, Fox Entertainment, in a statement.
Trailers, where available, and loglines for each series follow.
911: Lone Star
Set in Austin, the series stars Rob Lowe as a “sophisticated New York City firefighter” balances saving the lives of the most vulnerable and fixing issues in his own life. Tim Minear, 911 showrunner, will oversee the spinoff with co-creators Murphy and Falchuk.
911: Lone Star premieres Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 before moving to Mondays on Jan. 20, 2020.
Starring Michael Sheen and Tom Payne, Prodigal Son follows an infamous serial killer, his criminal psychologist son, and the rest of their dysfunctional family.
Co-created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver (Deception), the series is a co-production between Warner Bros. TV and Fox Entertainment. It’s slated to premiere Mondays at 9 p.m. this fall.
Not Just Me
Joining the fall lineup is Not Just Me, a drama about an only child whose famous father (Timothy Hutton) reveals he used his own sperm to conceive over one hundred children.
Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Emily Osment star in the co-production between Universal TV, Endemol Shine and Fox Entertainment.
Not Just Me is scheduled to air Wednesdays this fall at 9 p.m.
True Detective’s Stephen Dorff stars in this “modern cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity.”
Will Beall (Aquaman) penned the script and executive produces alongside director David Ayer and Chris Long. The series hails from Entertainment One and Fox Entertainment.
Deputy will premiere midseason.
The fact-based thriller is about the emergence of deadly, rogue artificial intelligence. The series, which also premieres midseason, examines how technology transforms culture and our relationships with one another.
Manny Coto penned the script and executive produces alongside directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.
Starring Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson, the multicamera comedy from Lon Zimmet revolves around a couple in South Jersey trying to raise three certified geniuses.
Jonathan Judge directed the 20th TV and Fox Entertainment co-production, which also premieres midseason.
From writer/director Tate Taylor, Filthy Rich is described as “a southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion intersect – more correctly, collide – with outrageously soapy results.”
Premiering midseason, it’ll star Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Aguilar, Mark L. Young, Melia Kreiling, Steve Harris, David Denman and Olivia Macklin.
Bless the Harts
Adding to Fox’s animated Sunday lineup, Bless the Harts follows a group of people living in the South who are always broke; however, they’re rich in friends, family and laughter.
The series, created by Emily Spivey (Up All Night, SNL), will premiere in between The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers at 8:30 p.m.
Another animated comedy, this time produced by Amy Poehler and The Simpsons duo Mike and Julie Scully, will premiere during midseason on Fox. This one revolves around a 15-year-old boy and his mother, who’s “constantly trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.”
The Great North
This animated comedy follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close—especially as the dreams of his artistic daughter lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall, according to the show’s synopsis.
This one comes from the Emmy-winning Bob’s Burgers team of creator Loren Bouchard and writers Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux and Minty Lewis. Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte and Dulcé Sloan comprise the voice cast.
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