Coming in Fall 2009 on FOX   

FOX 09 LogoAhhh, Upfronts Week. It’s finally arrived. Time to the networks to reveal their Fall schedules and put the rumors and unofficial news to rest. Cue the outraged fan cries of, “[Insert Network Here] is dead to me!”

Oh, you know it’s true. And Fox’s news today was no exception. The Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles fans are pissed that their show won’t be back. Not that I don’t feel their pain. I know how hard is to lose a show you love. Sucks. Especially when shows you don’t like as much (or at all) make it back onto the schedule.

That being said, I’m not going to lie. I’m pleased as pie that Dollhouse will be back. Sure it’ll be nursing some budget cuts when we see it again but Joss has always been good at dealing with those kinds of challenges. Indeed, I think he thrives under them.

I’m also happy about the return of Fringe. I don’t even mind the move to Thursdays much. I don’t think it’ll impact Supernatural nearly as much as others fear. At this point, Supernatural’s core audience isn’t going anywhere and it’s not exactly seeking new viewers. If anything, Fringe will lose some of its live viewers to Supernatural. No, I think Fox is probably making a calculated risk there. Though, if it flails in its first few weeks out, I wouldn’t be surprised if they yank it and drop it someplace else in the lineup.

The real shakeup in their schedule is a fall iteration of So You Think You Can Dance. Even though we knew about it at the beginning of the weekend, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I’ve never been an avid SYTYCD fan anyway but it’s rough asking me to tune in for three hours during the busy Fall schedule. Then again, my Tuesdays and Wednesdays weren’t overflowing this past year so maybe it’s smart move? We’ll see.

Ok, enough talking about it, here’s the schedule as it stands right now. You know it’ll probably change at least once before anything actually premieres…


MONDAY
  8 PM: House
  9 PM: Lie To Me

(Winter)
8 PM: House
9 PM: 24

TUESDAY
  8 PM: So You Think You Can Dance

(Winter)
8 PM: American Idol
9 PM: PAST LIFE

WEDNESDAY
  8 PM: So You Think You Can Dance
  9 PM: GLEE

(Winter)
8 PM: American Idol
9 PM: HUMAN TARGET (January) / GLEE (Spring)

THURSDAY
  8 PM: Bones
  9 PM: Fringe

(Winter)
8 PM: Bones
9 PM: Fringe

FRIDAY
  8 PM: BROTHERS
  8:30 PM: ‘Til Death
  9 PM: Dollhouse

(Winter)
8 PM: BROTHERS
8:30 PM: ‘Til Death
9 PM: Dollhouse

SATURDAY
  8 PM: Cops
  8:30 PM: Cops
  9 PM: America’s Most Wanted
  11 PM: THE WANDA SYKES SHOW
  12 PM: Animation Domination Encores

SUNDAY
  7 PM: The OT (NFL post-game)
 
  8 PM: The Simpsons
  8:30 PM: THE CLEVELAND SHOW
  9 PM: Family Guy
  9:30 PM: American Dad

(Winter/Spring)
7 PM: Animation Domination Encores
7:30 PM: American Dad
8 PM: The Simpsons
8:30 PM: SONS OF TUCSON
9 PM: Family Guy
9:30 PM: THE CLEVELAND SHOW

A thousand sites have already got Fox’s press release up for you to read so I’m not gonna bother to repost it here. Check it out on the futon critic if you want the full breakdown. Instead I’m just gonna touch on the few shows that interest me.

If I’m really honest with you, I have to admit that absolutely none of these has me excited. And, yes, I include Glee in that. Though the latter is the one that I recognize has the most likelihood to hook me. If for no other reason than it’s from Popular creator Ryan Murphy. A lot of people already love this show’s pilot. Like crazy love it. I’m remain unconvinced the average American viewing audience is interested in anything that has a musical element. How many shows in the past couple of years have had them? Almost all of those shows had loyal followers who couldn’t get enough. None of them are still on the air today. It feels like every network keeps trying and no one has found the formula that’s going to work yet. Maybe Fox is the network that can make it happen but I don’t think people are tuning into American Idol for the singing so I just don’t know. I want Glee to succeed but I remain skeptical. Maybe it’s why I’ve refused to get pulled into the praise being lavished on it.

As for the other shows, Human Target and Past Life sound interesting. Neither one of them stands out to me as something I’d love. Then again, they’ve both cast actors I like so anything’s possible. Too bad I have to wait until mid-season to give them a chance.

None of Fox’s new comedies look promising to me. I haven’t watched their Sunday night lineup in years and I can’t see The Cleveland Show changing that. Brothers should definitely add some diversity to their schedule but, if I won’t watch Friday Night Lights because it has to do with football, do you think I’m gonna watch a sitcom that centers around it? Yeah, no. As for Sons of Tucson, it’s pretty simple really. I don’t care for the comedy style of Tyler Labine. I suppose if Reaper manages to survive this week and they have to re-cast him, I may reconsider.

So, really, not much is changing for me as far as how much Fox I watch. All three hours of TV I give to them a week are back. They could be gaining me for an hour with Glee but I started out watching Prison Break last year so I think that just counts as breaking even at this point.

After a special preview Tuesday, May 19 at 9PM, GLEE, the distinctive new comedy about a group of aspiring underdogs, will premiere this fall on FOX. Pictured Clockwise L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley and Lea Michele. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Carin Baer/FOXGLEE – McKinley High School’s Glee Club used to be at the top of the show choir world, but years later, it has turned into a haven for misfits and social outcasts. But at McKinley, things for the Glee Club are about to change. From Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Nip/Tuck,” comes GLEE, an uplifting comedy musical series with biting humor that features a soundtrack of hit music from past to present. The show follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to refuel his own passion for singing while reinventing the school’s glee club and challenging a group of underdogs to realize their star potential. WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison) has offered to take on the Herculean task of restoring McKinley’s Glee Club to its former glory with the help of fellow teacher and germaphobe EMMA PILLSBURY (Jayma Mays). It’s a tall order when the brightest stars of the club include KURT (Chris Colfer), a nerdy soprano with a flair for the dramatic; MERCEDES (Amber Riley), a dynamic diva-in-training who refuses to sing back-up; ARTIE (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist who spends more time avoiding bullies than chasing girls; and TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), an awkward girl who needs to suppress her stutter before she can take center stage. Will’s only hope lies with two true talents: RACHEL BERRY (Lea Michele), a perfectionist firecracker who is convinced that show choir is her ticket to stardom; and FINN HUDSON (Cory Monteith), the popular high school quarterback with movie star looks and a Motown voice who must protect his reputation with his holier-than-thou girlfriend and head cheerleader, QUINN (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant football teammate, PUCK (Mark Salling). Driven by his secret past, Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, even though everyone around him thinks he’s nuts. He’s out to prove them all wrong – from his tough-as-nails wife TERRI SCHUESTER (Jessalyn Gilsig) to McKinley’s scheming cheerleading coach SUE SYLVESTER (Jane Lynch) to an über-hip world that thinks jazz hands and sequined tuxedos litter the road to infamy rather than pave the way to Hollywood dreams.

GLEE Extended Trailer

 
Along with Jackie Earle Haley (left) and Chi McBride (right) Mark Valley (center) stars as Christopher Chance in the new FOX show HUMAN TARGET premiering with a special preview Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8PM on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kharen HIll/FOX/WBTV HUMAN TARGET – It takes a brave, selfless man to make himself a “human target” in order to save the lives of those in danger. Based on the popular DC Comics graphic novel, HUMAN TARGET is a full-throttle action drama centered on CHRISTOPHER CHANCE (Mark Valley, FRINGE), a unique private contractor/security guard hired to protect. Call him what you like, because for Chance, it’s about one thing only: saving his clients’ lives. When there is an unusual or imminent threat that can’t be solved through “normal” means of protection, Chance is hired to completely integrate himself into his clients’ lives – to become the human target. If you’re a corporate manager whose disgruntled employee has gone violently off the deep end, Chance is your new auditor. If you’re the president of a bank who’s been tipped off to a potential heist, Chance is your unassuming bank teller. During each job, Chance, assisted by his business partner WINSTON (Chi McBride, “Pushing Daisies”) and hired gun GUERRERO (Jackie Earle Haley, “Watchmen”), puts himself directly in the line of fire as he races against time to save his client, while unraveling the truth behind the mission. With every new danger, Chance’s dark history will also unravel. Does anyone know who Christopher Chance really is, or what secrets lay buried in his past? What would make a man willingly become a HUMAN TARGET?

Human Target Trailer:

 
(l-r) Richard Schiff, Kelli Giddish, Nicholas Bishop, and Ravi Patel star in the new drama PAST LIFE premiering midseason on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Craig Blankenhorn/FOX PAST LIFE – Have you ever experienced déjà vu or met someone you thought seemed familiar? Do you believe in karma, fate or love at first sight? From writer David Hudgins (“Friday Night Lights”), and inspired by the book “The Reincarnationist” by M.J. Rose, comes PAST LIFE, a new drama series about an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you today is the result of who you were before. DR. KATE MCGINN (Kelli Giddish, “All My Children”) is not your typical psychologist. Confident, outspoken and highly educated, she works at The Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health in New York City, a world-renowned institute dedicated to the study of the science of the soul. After experiencing a past-life regression in her 20s, Kate became a believer in reincarnation. Using regression therapy and her natural gift for reading people, Kate helps solve the mysteries of her troubled clients who suffer from present-day problems caused by past-life traumas. She believes there are levels of consciousness and explanations for human behavior that science can’t begin to explain. Accustomed to skeptics, but not bothered by them, Kate is an unapologetic believer and a force of nature who marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her partner, PRICE WHATLEY (Nicholas Bishop, “Home and Away”), is a different story. A former NYPD homicide detective, pragmatic and cynical, Price is a damaged soul who constantly battles grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife. Price feels that Kate, though not certifiable, certainly operates on the fringes of science. It’s a volatile relationship, but with Price’s solid detective skills, and Kate’s penchant for out-of-the-box thinking, together they make a formidable, if somewhat dysfunctional, team. A fast-paced emotional thrill ride, each episode finds Price and Kate working with their colleagues to unravel a new mystery involving the past-lives of their clients. DR. MALACHI TALMADGE (Richard Schiff, “The West Wing”) is Kate’s mentor and the center’s namesake, an avuncular but gruff elder statesman who is a legend in the field of cognitive research. DR. RISHI KARNA (Ravi Patel, “Scrubs”) is the rookie of the group, a baby-faced therapist from Calcutta who loves bad American TV, Cuban jazz and driving everyone crazy.

Past Life Trailer:


 

3 Responses to “Coming in Fall 2009 on FOX”

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    deathisyourart says:

    Terminator was the last show I watched on this network, so I can finally walk away clean.

    As for the Fringe/Supernatural debate, I, like you, don’t think that Supernatural will lose any viewers; however, more people DVR-ing Fringe means more people being counted, since the live viewers are only counted if you have a Nielsen box.

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    Rae says:

    And you know I wasn’t referring to you on the comment about walking away, right? I understand walking away from a Network when it has nothing left to interest you. It’s the folks who’ve said it a thousand times and then pop back up posting about that network that drive me batty.

    True. The DVR-ing coudl help then. Though I think the DVR numbers still don’t matter nearly as much as Networks may claim t hat they do at this time of year.

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