FOX 2010-2011 Upfronts: American Idol Trimmed, Keri Russell Returns To TV

After NBC presented their new fall schedule, it was Fox’s turn to reveal what was in their goodie bag. With Simon Cowell leaving Idol and the ratings down from previous years, the producers conducted a poll to see what fans wanted. What they found was an overwhelming consensus to trim down the show. As a result, Idol performances’ show will now only be an hour and a half and, TGIF, the results show will only be a half hour.

Since Fox along with The CW have less broadcasting hours to fill due to their truncated primetime grid, they traditionally don’t have a whack of shows to offer during their presentations. So what’s in store next season, besides Glee getting supersized (25 episodes instead of the network industry norm of 22) and Idol being trimmed, check out my three picks of which shows made me want to tune in for September 2010.

RUNNING WILDE
From the creator and star of Fox’s critical hit of yesteryear, “Arrested Development”, Will Arnett (“30 Rock”) returns to network TV as a rich immature playboy trying to win the love of his former childhood sweetheart. Enter Keri Russell (“Felicity”) as the child of Arnett’s family’s former housekeeper. Now she’s a humanitarian trying to change the world. The two reconnect when Arnett’s actions threatens to abolish a tribe’s way of life, she has been working hard to preserve. What complicates things further is Russell’s 12-year-old daughter who wants so badly not to return to the jungle. Sounds like a complicated premise, but watch the trailer and it’ll come together.

LONESTAR
Fox is calling it a modern-day Dallas but with a twist. Set in the backdrop of big Texas oil, newcomer James Wolk plays a conman living two very different lives and bedding two different women. He’s worked his way into a multi-billion oil corporation hoping to swindle the company out of millions of dollars. If done well, this show could provide some good ol’ soapy fun but not as campy. With creators of “Party of Five” and the director of “(500) Days of Summer” behind the project, quality and good writing is a given.

RAISING HOPE
From the creators of “My Name is Earl”, comes another irreverent look at life of the less-complicated and simple-minded. The single-camera comedy follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new family member thrown into their already flawed household. With Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman and Bijou Philipps as part of the cast, laughs should be abundant with this colorful crew.

FOX 2010-2011 SCHEDULE

FALL SEASON SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m: House
9-10 p.m: Lonestar (new)

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m.:Glee
9-9:30 p.m.: Raising Hope (new)
9:30-10 pm: Running Wilde (new)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m.: Lie To Me
9-10 p.m.: Hell’s Kitchen

THURSDAY
8- 9pm.: Bones
9pm-10pm.: Fringe

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m.: Human Target
9-10 p.m.: The Good Guys

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m.: Cops
9-10 p.m.: America’s Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7- 8 p.m.: The OT
8-8:30.p.m.: The Simpsons
8:30-9 p.m.: The Cleveland Show
9-9:30.p.m.: Family Guy
9:30-10 p.m.: American Dad

MID-SEASON SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m: House
9-10 p.m: Lonestar/ Ride-Along (new) alternating

TUESDAY
8-9:30 p.m.: American Idol Performances
9:30-10 p.m.: Running Wilde / Mixed Signals (new)

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m.: Raising Hope (new)
8:30-9 p.m.: American Idol Results
9-10ppm.: Glee

THURSDAY
8- 9pm.: Bones
9pm-10pm.: Fringe

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m.: Human Target
9-10 p.m.: Kitchen Nightmares

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m.: Cops
9-10 p.m.: America’s Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7-7:30 p.m.: The Simpsons Encore
7:30-8pm.: American Dad
8-8:30.p.m.: The Simpsons
8:30-9 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers (new)
9-9:30.p.m.: Family Guy
9:30-10 p.m.: Cleveland Show