Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of FOX Chief Kevin Reilly and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2013 FOX television schedule is going to look like.
What Will Be Cancelled and Renewed?
FOX long ago renewed the vast majority of its 2012-13 shows welcoming back dramas Bones, Glee, and The Following along with comedies Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad. Which only leaves two scripted series left on the chopping block: Touch and The Cleveland Show. Touch will certainly be cancelled while The Cleveland Show will have no new episodes produced meaning that the remainder will be aired at some point during the upcoming season. Also The X Factor, American Idol, and the Gordon Ramsey Duo of Doom will once again be returning. Much like this year Kitchen Nightmares will not likely be seen until an hour worth of schedule spackle becomes necessary.
Of course The Following due to its limited episodes will likely not be seen until the spring. So let’s start and take a look at the starter schedule and shows that are returning to the FOX schedule for the start of the 2013-2014 season.
What Will the Fall 2013 Schedule Look Like?
With our renewals settled the starter schedule for FOX has a number of gaps to fill. As you can see all of the returning shows kept their same spots. A discussion of why shows stayed put follows in the night by night discussion.
7 PM – The first hour of Sunday is held down by football post game show The OT where you will no doubt get more than your fill of Curt, Howie, Terry, Jimmy, and Michael all season long.
8 PM – Animation Domination returns without change for the fall with The Simpson’s holding down the fort followed by Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad.
8 PM – Solid performer Bones returns to lead off the night. While Bones will never light the world on fire it is a reliable performer that can support the first new show of the season in…
9 PM – …Gang Related. FOX announced their drama orders on Wednesday and Gang Related seems to be the one most suited to the post-Bones slot. Gang Related stars Ramon Rodriguez as a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force – led by Sam Chapel (Terry O’Quinn) — who teams up with longtime Task Force member Cassius Green (RZA) to take on three of the city’s most dangerous gangs.
8 PM – While renewed Raising Hope takes a break in mid-season to launch a male oriented comedy block featuring Dads and Enlisted. Dads is FOX’s return to multi-camera comedies about two successful video game developers who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green star. Enlisted tells the story of three very different brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young) working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.
9 PM – To counterbalance the testosterone of the earlier hour New Girl and The Mindy Project return to their same spots as last season. FOX spent considerable collateral attempting to setup a two hour comedy block on Tuesday last year and I do not see them changing course for next fall.
8 PM –The X Factor returns for two hours on Wednesday. Sadly this year we will not be able to waste away the hours trying to determine exactly what Khloe Kardashian is on as she “sadly” will not be returning as co-host alongside Mario Lopez.
8 PM – Night two and hour three of The X Factor sticks around on Thursday night and is followed by…
9 PM – …the return of the show that everybody seems to hate: Glee. Glee was recently renewed for two more season and seemed to prosper when if moved to Thursday. The night works well for FOX, and I would be shocked if they chose to change it.
8 PM – Last season FOX announced a two hour genre block for the fall on Friday night with Fringe and Touch. The quick demise of The Mob Doctor scuttled these plans. However I expect FOX to give it a second chance with two new genre shows starting with Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
9 PM – The final new drama on the schedule is Almost Human, from former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, set 35 years in the future where all cops are given human-like android partners. It stars Karl Urban, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, and Minka Kelly.
With that final piece I predict that the FOX Fall 2013 schedule will look a little something like this:
Midseason will feature the debut of Rake (also picked up on Wednesday) starring Greg Kinnear and comedies Brooklyn 99 (starring Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg), Surviving Jack (based on ‘I Suck At Girls’), and Us & Them.