FOX confirmed the network’s 2019-2020 fall schedule on Monday morning. FOX Entertainment CEO, Charlie Collier, outlined the slate today during the company’s annual Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre, showcasing the new and returning shows that viewers can expect on the network. FOX used the occasion to announce that “Empire” is coming to an end after next season, and previewed the new comedies and dramas set to launch later this year.
Before diving into the new series, FOX confirmed that “9-1-1,” “The Orville,” “The Resident,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “Last Man Standing,” and “The Simpsons” are coming back with new episodes.
The drama “Prodigal Son” stars Tom Payne as the son of a convicted serial killer (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen) who has made hunting murderers his life’s work. The series also stars Bellamy Young, Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, and Keiko Agena.
“Not Just Me” is another drama, and follows only child (Brittany Snow) after her life is turned upside down when her father (Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton) reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children. This includes two new sisters (Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment). As these three young women slowly embrace their new reality, they will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family. The series also stars Mustafa Elzein, Mo McRae, and Victoria Cartagena.
“Today marks a new beginning for FOX Entertainment. So it is with a start-up mindset and, upon an incredible foundation of assets, that we deliver our first slate of new comedies, dramas and unscripted series,” said Collier. “Alongside top creators and talent, and through innovative partnerships across the industry, we are redefining what it means to be an entertainment company, and what it means to be FOX, for 2019 and beyond.”
In “Deputy,” when the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman (Stephen Dorff), who is more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics. The show also stars Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie, and Mark Moses.
FOX’s “Filthy Rich” is a Southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion collide – with over-the-top dramatic results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kim Cattrall) family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children. They also learn that these children are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. The series also stars Melia Kreiling, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young, and Olivia Macklin, with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris. Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.
The thriller “neXt” follows the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence. The series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade) to fight back. The series also stars Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlow, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappucino, and Evan Whitten.
“Outmatched” is a multi-camera family comedy about a blue-collar couple in Atlantic City trying to raise four kids and three of them are geniuses. The series also stars Tisha Campbell-Martin, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, and Oakley Bull.
As we reported earlier this week, “9-1-1: Lone Star” will star Rob Lowe, and is a spinoff of the hit drama “9-1-1.”
On the animation front, FOX also announced several new series. “Bless the Harts” follows a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. The series features the voices of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig, Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph, Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz, Fortune Feimster, Drew Tarver, and Mary Steenburgen. Executive producers on the series include Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie” franchise) and Kristen Wiig.
Other animated comedies coming to the network include “Duncanville” and “The Great North.”
From Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler, “Duncanville” follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life. Poehler voices the series’ two leading characters, Duncan and his mother, Annie. The series also features the voices of Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell, Emmy Award nominee Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, and Yassir Lester, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.
“The Great North” will feature Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Jenny Slate, and Will Forte. The story follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family. A single dad does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall.
FOX also announced that “The Resident” is moving to a new night and time on Tuesdays at 8pm, followed by the sixth and final season of “Empire.” Wrestling fans should be happy to hear that “WWE’s SmackDown Live” is coming back on October 4th and will remain a two-hour weekly event.
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