FOX was the second network to present at the Fall 2013 upfronts. Even though the network is adding five new comedies and four new dramas, the biggest news was the return of Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. 24: Live Another Day will still follow a day in the life of Bauer but will only be 12 episodes and premiere during the summer of 2014.
Sutherland isn’t the only big name on FOX’s 2013-2014 schedule. M. Night Shyamalan, JJ Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, Christopher Meloni and Greg Kinnear are all part of FOX’s new offerings. The standout comedies for me include Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Andy Samberg) and Us & Them (Alexis Bledel). The dramas I’m looking most forward to are Sleepy Hollow which resurrects Ichabod Crane in present day and Almost Human from JJ Abrams. Candidates for early cancellation are Rake and Dads. Not that I’m an expert, but I was 2-for-2 when predicting the first two shows canceled this season. Check out all of FOX’s new shows below and be sure to leave your comments on which ones pique your interest.
The five major broadcast networks don’t officially announce their 2013 Fall schedules until next week at the upfronts, but that hasn’t prevented a few of them from revealing the fates of a few on-the-bubble shows. On Thursday, two shows I thought were dunzo received a lifeline. Both The Carrie Diaries and Nikita are coming back. HALLELOO. I’m hoping The New Normal also receives another chance.
From now until Monday, I’ll keep updating this list as breaking news happens. Even though some new shows have been announced, this post will focus only cancellations and renewals. I’ll chat about the new series as each network presents at the upfronts next week.
When FOX gave several shows renewal notices for next season and Glee wasn’t on that list, some were worried that the musical show was in danger of getting axed. Don’t worry Gleeks. The McKinley High group isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The show still averages 8.7 million viewers weekly, according to the network. In addition, the show has produced more than 53 million digitally downloaded singles as well as sold 13 million albums. Cash cow indeed.
FOX renewed the show not only for Season 5 but Season 6 as well. Clearly, negotiations were holding back the renewal announcement. It also looks like Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and company will remain intact behind the scenes. There were reports that they were leaving to focus on other projects.
“‘Glee’ debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” Reilly said in a statement. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire ‘Glee’ team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show — and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.” – Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting Company chairman of entertainment
Two legendary actresses from classic television shows have signed on to appear as a lesbian couple on the FOX musical show. Even though the network hasn’t officially renewed the show, both actresses are expected to return should Glee come back for a fifth season. STOP READING NOW if you don’t want any details about the Season 4 finale.
If you’re enjoying all the twists and turns on The Following, you’ll appreciate this bit of news. FOX renewed the freshman hit for a second season. The show started off strong and has held it’s audience week after week. When adding DVR playback, the serial killer thriller is averaging 11.7 million viewers and a 4.0 rating in the coveted demographic. Once again, The Following will air only 15 episodes instead of the usual 22-episode order most shows receive on the big networks. Shorter seasons are all the rage these days. Just look at the success of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy over on basic cable.
I have to admit, I was worried the show wouldn’t be able to sustain the action and quality found in the pilot. Every Monday night, they have proven me wrong and continue to surprise me with new plot twists. Coincidentally enough, this past weekend a few friends of mine were discussing how much we love the show, specifically the “gay couple.” We all felt a little guilty for rooting for Nico Tortorella and Adan Canto’s characters. What sane person roots for serial killers? Apparently, if they’re cute… we do ;) Find out what other shows FOX gave renewal notices to below.
Ever since reality television became a ratings magnet, there has been some questionable programming by networks trying to out shock and outdo its competitors with ridiculous premises and gimmicks. FOX arguably is one of the biggest offenders.
Over the years, the network has produced such gems as More To Love (a plus-sized Bachelor type dating show), Playing It Straight (a woman dates a group of men trying to figure out which one is gay/straight), Temptation Island (seemingly happy couples are tempted to cheat with hot singles on an island), The Littlest Groom (another Bachelor-type show involving dwarfs) and of course Mr Personality (a dating show with Monica Lewinsky as host featuring masked men). And those are just the ones off the top of my head.
One of the most maligned and criticized reality offering by the network is making a comeback. FOX just announced they’ve greenlit a past show but with a celebrity twist. Find out which one below and how the network plans to execute it with “stars” and I use that term loosely. Keep reading to find out.
Are you going through Glee withdrawal? Don’t fret, the FOX musical returns in less than two weeks with an exciting, surprising and amazing episode. At least that’s what the recently released promo is touting.
Truth be told, I don’t think they’re exaggerating. When Glee starts session after its winter hiatus on Thursday, January 24, we’ll see a fan favorite returning for McKinley High’s Sadie Hawkins dance, Kurt beginning NYADA and meeting a potential new love interest and perhaps the reinstatement of New Directions to defend their Nationals crown.
In the clip, Sam accuses the Warblers of cheating at the recent Sectionals with their “superhuman jumps.” Looks like their season isn’t over after all. I’m sure Sue Sylvester won’t take this bit of news well. Check out the promo clip below featuring a cover of Bruno Mars’ huge hit, “Locked Out of Heaven.”
New Girl, The New Normal and The Mindy Project are all back from their respective winter breaks with brand new episodes tonight. Halleloo. I need a good laugh today. To commemorate its return, I thought I’d share a picture of Allison Williams‘ (Girls) guest appearance on tonight’s show and breaking casting news of a major movie star heading to the FOX sitcom next month.
On the February 19 episode titled, “The One That Got Away,” we find our favorite gynecologist heroine reuniting with a former flame named Sam. The two reminisce about their time at Jewish summer camp (LOL) and begin to rekindle their summer teen romance. Rumor has it, Sam was her first kiss. Can’t you already hear one of Katy Perry’s songs playing in the background. Find out who’s playing Sam below. Here’s a hint. He’s played a super hero in a major motion picture in the past couple of years. Find out who below.