FOX set the network’s Fall Premiere schedule this week, adding three new shows to the lineup which also includes football and wrestling. This year’s season starts with the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22nd, and continues FOX’s stranglehold on animated series on Sundays.
FOX’s popular drama “9-1-1” returns for its third season on September 23rd, followed by the series premiere of the crime drama “Prodigal Son” with Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, and Lou Diamond Phillips. The following night is the sixth and final season premiere of “Empire,” following the season three return of “The Resident.”
On Wednesday, September 25th, “The Masked Singer” returns with a special two-hour season premiere. The following night on September 26th, Football fans have Thursday Night Football to look forward to, with NFL Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan headlining the pregame show. The first TNF game is on September 26th with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Philadelphia Eagles.
On September 29th, FOX hosts the premiere of “The Simpsons” 31st season; the new animated-comedy “Bless the Harts” with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, and Ike Barinholtz; the 10th season of “Bob’s Burgers;” and the 17th season of “Family Guy.”
The series premiere of new drama “Almost Family” starring Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment and Timothy Hutton, will launch on October 2nd. WWE’s flagship program, “WWE’s SmackDown Live,” debuts on October 4th. The weekly, two-hour live event will air 52 weeks a year on the network.
Below are the official descriptions for FOX‘s three new series, all set to premiere later this fall.
“Prodigal Son” is a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone, from Emmy Award-nominated executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Riverdale,” “You”) and writers Chris Fedak (“Deception,” “Chuck”) and Sam Sklaver (“Deception,” “Bored to Death”). The series stars Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”) as the son of a convicted serial killer (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex,” “Frost/Nixon”), who has made hunting murderers his life’s work.
The series also stars Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips (“Longmire,” “Stand and Deliver”), Halston Sage (THE ORVILLE), Aurora Perrineau (“The Carmichael Show”), Frank Harts (“The Path”) and Keiko Agena (“Dirty John”).
“Almost Family” : Executive producer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and writer Annie Weisman (“About A Boy,” “Desperate Housewives”) bring you ALMOST FAMILY, the story of an unusual family formed through extreme odds, exploring such hot-button issues as identity, human connection and what it truly means to be a family. An only child (Brittany Snow, the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) finds her life turned upside down when her father (Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, “American Crime,” “Ordinary People”) 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, including two new sisters (Megalyn Echikunwoke, “The Following,” “90210,” and Emily Osment, “The Kominsky Method,” “Young & Hungry”). 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. Based on the original Endemol Shine Australia series, “Sisters,” from Jonathan Gavin and Imogen Banks, the series also stars Mustafa Elzein (“Sequestered”), Mo McRae (“Big Little Lies,” “Pitch”) and Victoria Cartagena (“Manifest”).
“Bless the Harts” : Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live”), BLESS THE HARTS follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they’re already rich – in friends, family and laughter. The series features the voices of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” “Saturday Night Live”), Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place,” “Bridesmaids”), Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell (“Workaholics,” “Fist Fight”), Ike Barinholtz (“Blockers”), Fortune Feimster (“Office Christmas Party,” “Chelsea Lately”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two”) and Mary Steenburgen (“The Last Man on Earth,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Executive producers on the series include Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie” franchise, “The Last Man on Earth”) and Kristen Wiig.
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