It’s only June, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about what we’ll be watching in the fall. Below is a preview of Fox’s new fall and midseason series and a look at Fox’s fall schedule. Also, you’ll find a list of the shows that have been renewed for at least another year, those that have been canceled, and those whose fates remain in limbo. Plan accordingly.
If we’re looking at how the pandemic has affected the networks’ schedules, Fox’s choices are by far the most daring: like NBC, they are ordering a lot of new shows, but unlike NBC, most of their new series are scripted, which suggests they are confident production is not going to be interrupted again. It’s a big bet: let’s hope for all of our sakes it pans out for them and us.
7/8 p.m.: 9-1-1 (September 20)
8/9 p.m.: THE BIG LEAP (September 20)
7/8 p.m.: The Resident (September 21)
8/9 p.m.: OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (September 21)
7/8 p.m.: The Masked Singer (September 23)
8/9 p.m.: ALTER EGO (September 23)
THURSDAY, Beginning Oct. 7
7/8 p.m.: Thursday Night Football on Fox
7/8 p.m.: WWE’S Friday Night Smackdown
7/8 p.m.: FOX Sports Saturday
6/7 p.m.: NFL on Fox
6:30/7:30 p.m.: The OT / FOX Encores
7/8 p.m.: The Simpsons (September 26)
7:30/8:30 p.m.: The Great North (September 26)
8/9 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers (September 26)
8:30/9:30 p.m.: Family Guy (September 26)
New Fall Shows
The Big Leap
Official synopsis: The Big Leap is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (The Passage, Friday Night Lights), director/executive producer Jason Winer (Modern Family) and executive producer Sue Naegle (The Plot Against America), the show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.”
T’s Take: So it is a drama about a reality show? I love it. This will fill the So You Think You Can Dance?-sized hole in your heart. (And can it please help get So You Think You Can Dance? renewed, please? I MISS IT SO MUCH.)
OUr kind of People
Official synopsis: Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” the series takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for over 50 years. Our Kind of People follows strong-willed, single mom Anegla Vaughn (Yaya DaCosta, Chicago Med, Whitney) as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever.
T’s Take: I wish there were a trailer for this one so that I could get a feel for the tone and voice, but it sounds like it’s going to be a soapy drama, and I can’t resist a soapy drama.
Official synopsis: In this all-new original singing competition, lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar Alter Ego to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.
T’s Take: Oh, yay, another singing competition. Good luck recreating that American Idol magic, guys!
Welcome to Flatch
Official synopsis: When a documentary crew sets out to explore the lives of residents in a small American town – their concerns, their dreams, their lives – they stumble upon the midwestern town of Flatch, a place you want to visit and maybe even stay. If there was a decent motel. Which there is not. Flatch is made up of many eccentric personalities, including two cousins who don’t have much, but they do have each other.
T’s Take: This is a remake of a BBC series, This Country, but it is giving me big Parks and Rec and Letterkenny vibes (though not as outrageous or potentially offensive as Letterkenny). It was Fox’s first pickup of the season, so they clearly have confidence in it. I’m looking forward to this one.
Official synopsis: Pivoting is a single-camera comedy about how we deal with life, death and all the crazy things that happen in between. Set in a small, middle-class town in Long Island, NY, the series follows three women – and close-knit childhood friends – as they cope with the death of the fourth member of their group. When faced with the reality that life is short, these women pivot, and alter their current paths, by way of a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions. These pivots will strengthen their bond and prove it’s never too late to screw up your life in the pursuit of happiness.
T’s Take: The cast is great, but I’m not sure that this is the right fit for Fox? It feels like an ABC series — a female-forward, feel-goodish comedy would go much better with Home Economics and The Goldbergs than Bob’s Burgers. Or maybe they’re planning on pairing it with Call Me Kat? We’ll see.
The Cleaning Lady
Official synopsis: The Cleaning Lady is a thrilling and emotionally driven character drama about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. However, when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the organized crime, using her cunning and intelligence to forge her own path in the criminal underworld.
T’s Take: Breaking Bad, but make it a lady. And not funny. And not as good. (I predict I set the DVR for this one, six episodes pile up, and I never watch them past the pilot, which I half-enjoy.)
Official synopsis: Monarch is an epic, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The Romans are passionate and fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with honesty, the very foundation of this family’s success is a lie. When dangerous truths bubble to the surface, the Romans’ reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy. Nicky Roman, the brilliant and fierce heir to the crown, already battling an industry and world stacked against her, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy. It’s finally her turn. But is it too late?
T’s Take: It’s hard to know without seeing a trailer, but this sounds an awful lot like ABC/CMT’s Nashville, which, to be fair, has been off the air since 2018, so maybe it’s time for another primetime soap opera set in the world of country music.
Next Level Chef
Official synopsis: Gordon Ramsay is back with Next Level Chef, the next evolution in cooking competitions. The series features a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet – which Ramsay designed — set on an iconic stage like you’ve never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one another with the goal of finding the food world’s newest superstar.
T’s Take: I guess don’t fix what ain’t broken, but does Fox know there are other celebrity chefs out there who could come up with cooking competitions?
Don’t forget the lyrics!
Official synopsis: Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash hosts the all-new version of the popular game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, challenging contestants’ musical memory, as they get one song closer to winning $1 million if they Don’t Forget the Lyrics! Contestants will choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists, then they’ll take center stage to sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen – but suddenly the music will stop, and the words will disappear. Will the contestants belt out the correct missing lyrics, or freeze under pressure? If they sing nine songs correctly, they are presented with a No. 1 hit and sing the final missing lyrics for the top prize of $1 million. It’s that simple: 10 songs, some missing lyrics, $1 million.
T’s Take: So … Beat Shazam but make it karaoke? Yeah, that works.
Official synopsis: Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) hosts new unscripted competition series Domino Masters, featuring teams of domino enthusiasts facing off in an unbelievable domino toppling and chain reaction tournament. Throughout the competition, Stonestreet, alongside the judges, will encourage the domino aficionados, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test until one team is crowned the Domino Master.
T’s Take: I guess if you can convince people to watch a show where people play with LEGOs, you can convince them to watch people play with just about anything.
- Bless the Harts
- Filthy Rich
- Prodigal Son
- 9-1-1: Lone Star
- Bob’s Burgers
- Call Me Kat
- Family Guy
- Friday Night SmackDown
- The Great North
- LEGO Masters
- The Masked Singer
- The Resident
- The Simpsons
Shows Still Up in the Air
- America’s Most Wanted
- Beat Shazam (returns this summer)
- Hell’s Kitchen
- Housebroken (premieres this summer)
- MasterChef (returns this summer)
- MasterChef Junior
- The Masked Dancer
- Mental Samurai
- The Moodys
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Ultimate Tag