Fox sets Winter 2016 schedule with five new series
FOX officially announced the premiere dates for the network’s winter 2016-17 schedule, with new series five new series hitting the lineup.
Those new series include “The Mick,” which will have a special premiere on January 1, 2017. The series will then have its time-period premiere on January 3, 2017. New series “Star” will also host a special premiere on December 14th, before moving to its time-period premiere on January 4, 2017. FOX will also debut “My Kitchen Rules” this year, that event wile take place on January 12, 2017, and the highly-anticipated “24: Legacy” will host a two-night event beginning February 5, 2017 following the Super Bowl. The event will then continue the following day. Lastly, FOX will premiere “APB” on February 6th, and the network will bringing back “Bones” for its final season.
Fans of “Sleepy Hollow” will finally get new episodes to watch, as will fans of the reality show “Masterchef Junior”. In addition, “New Girl” will move to its new Tuesday night time period (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), beginning January 3rd.
Viewers will also want to note that long-time favorite “Hell’s Kitchen” will be moving to Thursdays, that begins on January 5th, with two all-new back-to-back episodes. The series then premieres in its regular time period January 12 (8:00-9:01). “Rosewood” moves to its new Friday night time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning January 6th.
New comedy THE MICK will have a special premiere on Sunday, Jan. 1 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), following the NFL doubleheader on FOX. The series will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT), after NEW GIRL, which moves to its new time period (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), beginning that night. THE MICK follows MACKENZIE, aka “MICKEY” (Kaitlin Olson, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), an unapologetic degenerate who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews in affluent Greenwich, CT. It’s pretty much everything she never wanted. Regardless, she’s determined to rise to the occasion and transform these little monsters into honest, hard-working, decent members of society – something she knows absolutely nothing about.
Following THE MICK’s time period premiere, BONES: THE FINAL CHAPTER (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) premieres. The 12-episode run will celebrate the long-running comedic procedural beloved by millions of fans around the world, and bring the storylines of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close, allowing the show’s loyal fans to say goodbye to these indelible characters. The final 12 episodes will feature special surprises, including the return of fan-favorite characters, as the countdown to the finale begins.
On an epic night of music and drama, STAR, the new drama from Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), will have a special premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 14,(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following EMPIRE’s shocking Season Three fall finale, airing at a special time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
STAR will then make its time period premiere with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers – desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom – as they navigate the cut-throat music business. The series stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”), Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) and newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Amiyah Scott. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson (“2 Fast 2 Furious”).
HELL’S KITCHEN moves to Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5, with all-new back-to-back episodes (8:00-9:00/9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, Thursday, Jan. 12, HELL’S KITCHEN moves into its regular time period (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of new series MY KITCHEN RULES (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). The No. 1 show in Australia for five years running, MY KITCHEN RULES pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other’s food in Hollywood homes. The celebrity pairs include TV host and *NSYNC member Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville. In addition to being judged by their rival competitors, each team will also be critiqued by two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) and Cat Cora (“Iron Chef America”).
ROSEWOOD (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) moves to Fridays, beginning Jan. 6. The series will be followed by SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), which returns for a fourth season full of supernatural creatures, mysterious events and the search for the truth about the lives of the Witnesses. Following the climactic events of last season, ICHABOD CRANE’s (Tom Mison) world was turned upside down after the death of his partner and fellow Witness, Abbie Mills. Crane now finds himself in an all-new city working with all-new allies, as he embarks on his most important mission yet: To save our nation’s capital from otherworldly threats that promise harm, not only to our country and our people, but to the soul of democracy itself.
The ticking clock restarts when 24: LEGACY debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Feb. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following SUPER BOWL LI, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT). The series chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Starring Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Miranda Otto (“Homeland”) and Jimmy Smits (“Sons of Anarchy”), 24: LEGACY reunites the original series’ award-winning producing team of Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto and Evan Katz; directors Stephen Hopkins and Jon Cassar; and “24” star Kiefer Sutherland, who all serve as executive producers.
Following 24: LEGACY’s time period premiere on Feb. 6, new police drama with a high-tech twist APB debuts (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). After billionaire engineer GIDEON REEVES (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, “Tyrant,” “Weeds”) witnesses his best friend’s murder, he takes over Chicago’s troubled 13th District and reboots it as a private police force, challenging the district – including an ambitious, street-smart cop (Natalie Martinez, “Kingdom,” “Under the Dome”) – to rethink everything about the way they fight crime. The series is from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (LUCIFER, “Underworld”) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”). Trey Callaway (“Revolution,” CSI: NY”), Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman (“The Confirmation”), and Robert Friedman (“The Confirmation,” “Spring Broke,” “Give”) also serve as executive producers.
On Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for fifths, with award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay, renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi and an array of celebrity guest judges. The hit culinary competition show gives talented kids the chance to showcase their skills in the kitchen and passion for food through a series of delicious and fun challenges.
Following THE MICK’s special premiere on Jan. 1, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE has its winter finale with two all-new back-to-back episodes (8:30-9:00/9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). GOTHAM (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) and LUCIFER (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) air their winter finales on Jan. 30.
The 16th winner of HELL’S KITCHEN will be announced during the series’ season finale on Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT). SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) airs its season finale on Feb. 19. Both LETHAL WEAPON (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) and STAR (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) air their season finales March 15. EMPIRE begins Part Two of its third season March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Return dates for GOTHAM, LUCIFER and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE to be announced.