Fox announced its fall 2020 schedule today and became the first broadcast network to formally announce its lineup. CBS, last week, announced cancellations and pick-ups for the 2020-2021 season from its prior lineup but did not provide details on its full fall schedule.
Fox is adding the Bad Boys police drama L.A.'s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, which premiered on Spectrum VOD. Spectrum will still premiere the 2nd season of the drama on its VOD service in June before Fox distributes the first season of the series widely in broadcast in the fall. The 13 episode first season will run Mondays at 8:00 pm. It remains to be seen how and when season 2 will run. LA's Finest was created as a NBC pilot in the 2018-2019 season, but didn't get a full season pick-up, which saw the series move to Spectrum's VOD service as its primary title. The full Fox 2020 Fall schedule is:
- 8:00 PM LA's Finest
- 9:00 PM neXt
- 8:00 PM Cosmos: Possible Worlds
- 9:00 PM Filthy Rich
- 8:00 PM The Masked Singer
- 9:00 PM Masterchef Junior
- 7:30 PM NFL Football (pregame/game)
- 8:00 PM WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live
- 7:00 PM Fox Sports Saturday
- 8:00 PM The Simpsons
- 8:30 PM Bless the Harts
- 9:00 PM Bob's Burgers
- 9:30 PM Family Guy
With its release today, Fox hasn't (yet) set the future for its possible renewals and cancellations, including: The Last Man Standing, The Resident, Outmatched, and Prodigal Son. Fox had already canceled Deputy and Almost Family and Empire reached the series end in the 2019-2020 season.
9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star will both return mid-season, along with Hell's Kitchen and Duncanville. Additional mid-season pick-ups that will join the schedule include: Call Me Kat, The Great North and Housebroken. The Great North is a show that was originally slated to appear last season, but moved to mid-season for 2020-2021. Fox is fortunate to have The Great North available from last year to move into its upcoming mid-season.
neXt and Filthy Rich were both originally slated for mid-season, however were shifted to the fall schedule to address the dearth of product. Creativity and schedule shifting would seem to be the expectation for all the major networks, as the pandemic has caused a production halt on new pilots and returning shows, alike.
Fox Entertainment CEO, Charlie Collier, said, "The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share wit our partners this upfront. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we've shared is one of relative stability on Fox, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market." This was first reported by Variety.