Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today will unveil the Fox primetime slate for the 2017-2018 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what both Dana Walden and Gary Newman had to say in a join statement.
"This past season, we launched five of the top 15 new series, more than any other network, and next season, we're using our strongest series to launch new shows and grow returning series. We're strategically pairing shows that have greater compatibility to increase audience flow and create higher duplication on each night. We endeavored to develop a mix of provocative, compelling dramas; broad, funny comedies; and exciting, live events from the best creators in the business - and we're excited about these new shows."
The new dramas joining the schedule this fall are The Gifted and The Orville. Produced in association with Marvel Television, family adventure series The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The series stars Stephen Moyer (Shots Fired, True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham) and Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum 3) as the Strucker family. Also featured in the series are Sean Teale (Reign) as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung (Gotham) as Blink/Clarice Fong; Emma Dumont (Aquarius) as Polaris/Lorna Dane; Blair Redford (Satisfaction) as Thunderbird/John Proudstar; and Coby Bell (Burn Notice) as Sentinel Services Agent Jace Turner. The series is written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men franchise") and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man), The Orville is a live-action, one-hour series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, as its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The series stars MacFarlane as the ship's Commanding Officer and Adrianne Palicki (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Friday Night Lights) as his ex-wife, who's assigned as his First Officer.
The new comedy joining the lineup this fall is Ghosted. Starring Craig Robinson (The Office, This Is the End) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Big Little Lies), Ghosted is a single-camera, action-comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites, a cynical skeptic and a genius "true believer" in the paranormal, who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Scott and Robinson also serve as executive producers on the series.
Additionally, Fox and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television will partner with acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land, Wicked) on the live musical event A Christmas Story, inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical Dear Evan Hansen and lyricists of La La Land's Academy Award-winning song, "City of Stars," also scored A Christmas Story: The Musical, and will compose several new songs for the live television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live) adapting the book. The three-hour live television production of A Christmas Story will air this December on FOX.
In 2018, additional new series and events joining the schedule include dramas 9-1-1 and The Resident; comedy LA to Vegas; and an all-new installment of event series The X-Files. From prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama 9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders, cops, paramedics, firefighters, the people who put their lives on the line to save others. Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, What's Love Got to Do with It), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting.
Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, The Resident is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Starring Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Revenge), Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Billions) and Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Mad Men), the series' executive producers include Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal), Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, Training Day) and Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector), who also directed the pilot.
From executive producers Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Elf), Adam McKay (The Big Short) and Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt), and executive producer/director Steve Levitan (Modern Family), LA to Vegas is a workplace comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take a no-frills roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind, to come back a winner. The series stars Kim Matula (UnREAL), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Nathan Lee Graham (The Comeback, Hitch), Olivia Macklin (The Young Pope) with Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski) and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, American Horror Story).
The next chapter of The X-Files, a thrilling, 10-episode second installment of the event series, once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. In 2016, The X-Files drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was the season's No. 2 broadcast drama, as well as the most talked-about event series on Twitter.
Executive producer Marc Platt also will team with Fox on Rent, a live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. The groundbreaking musical is a re-imagining of Puccini's "La Bohème," set in New York City's gritty East Village, which tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Writer/composer Jonathan Larson's tour de force celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, as it continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.
During the 2017-2018 season, several Fox series will celebrate major milestones, including Family Guy's 300th episode and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's 99th episode. In addition to already claiming the title of longest-running scripted series in television history, The Simpsons will enter the record books yet again next spring, as having produced the most episodes for a scripted series, surpassing Gunsmoke's record of 635. Additionally, New Girl will air its seventh and final season.
Fox's full 2017-2018 programming slate is as follows. The network's drama shows are 9-1-1, Empire, The Exorcist, The Gifted, Gotham, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Orville, The Resident, Star and The X-Files. The network's comedy shows are Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Ghosted, LA to Vegas, The Last Man on Earth, The Mick, New Girl and The Simpsons. The network's live events lineup are A Christmas Story and Rent, with the unscripted lineup featuring American Grit, Beat Shazam, The F Word With Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen, Love ConnectionMasterchef, Masterchef Junior, Showtime at the Apollo, So You Think You Can Dance and Superhuman. Additional schedule information and specials to be announced. Following is the FOX fall 2017 primetime schedule, as well as social media information for and synopses of the new series:
Fox 2017 Fall Schedule (All Times ET/PT)
8:00-9:00 PM Lucifer
9:00-10:00 PM The Gifted (new)
8:00-9:00 PM Lethal Weapon
9:00-9:30 PM The Mick
9:30-10:00 PM Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:00-9:00 PM Empire
9:00-10:00 PM Star
8:00-9:00 PM Gotham
9:00-10:00 PM The Orville (new)
8:00-9:00 PM Hell's Kitchen
9:00-10:00 PM The Exorcist
7:00-10:30 PM Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7:00-7:30 PM NFL on Fox
7:30-8:00 PM The OT / Bob's Burgers
8:00-8:30 PM The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 PM Ghosted (new)
9:00-9:30 PM Family Guy
9:30-10:00 PM The Last Man On Earth
The following new dramas will debut this fall on FOX:
The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer, Shots Fired, True Blood) and Caitlin (Amy Acker, Person of Interest) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind, Gotham) and Andy (Percy Hynes White, Night at the Museum 3), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell, Burn Notice). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney's office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family's only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network, Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale, Reign), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung, Gotham), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont, Aquarius) and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford, Satisfaction), are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. Written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men franchise") and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, The Gifted is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren't who they thought they were and loving them just the same, even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, (Family Guy, Ted) and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man), The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace... even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Friday Night Lights). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes, ER, Justified), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald, 24, The Larry Sanders Show), one of the Union's most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon, Shameless, Bosch), an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac (Mark Jackson, That Royal Today), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee, Familly Guy, The Cleveland Show), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage, Neighbors," Goosebumps), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet's high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (The Middle, Saturday Night Live). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.
The following new comedy will debut this fall on FOX:
Starring Craig Robinson (The Office, This Is the End) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Big Little Lies), Ghosted is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. Leroy Wright (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we're speaking frankly, thinks that "aliens" are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts...People like Max Jennifer (Scott). Max is a genius "true believer" in the paranormal who's convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by Captain Ava Laffrey (Ally Walker, Colony, Sons of Anarchy), a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey, along with her staff, Barry Shaw (Adeel Akhtar, Unforgotten, The Night Manager), an overly friendly forensic pathologist, and Delilah Ward, a highly opinionated tech specialist, will support Leroy and Max in their quest for answers. Now, this heroic group of underdogs will look into "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles that often leads them to scary, thrilling and hilarious places, as they attempt to uncover the truth and keep the earth rotating on its axis for at least one more day.
The following new dramas will debut in midseason on FOX:
From prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama 9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders, cops, paramedics, firefighters, the people who put their lives on the line to save others. Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, What's Love Got to Do with It), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting.
Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, The Resident is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Meet Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry, The Good Wife), one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal, Halt and Catch Fire), and turn them into real-life doctors. Devon is an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor. With Conrad's help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred. Nothing, not even the best medical school in the country, could have prepared him for what he's about to learn. As Devon accompanies Conrad through the hospital's halls, he meets distinguished chief of surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Mad Men), the face of the hospital and its most sought-after doctor, whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered with the help of allies under his command; Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson, Billions), a rising star surgeon from Nigeria who is threatening Bell's dominance, but who also is in the U.S. on a visa; and Nicolette Nevin (Emily VanCamp, Revenge), one of Chastain Memorial's most respected nurses and Conrad's on-again-off-again romantic partner. While Conrad opens Devon's eyes to the stark realities of hospital life, the once-optimistic young doctor soon realizes that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other. Not all patients are angels and not all doctors are gods, but one thing's for sure: expectations are meant to be shattered.
The following new comedy will debut in midseason on FOX:
LA to Vegas
From executive producers Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Elf), Adam McKay (The Big Short) and Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt), and executive producer/director Steve Levitan (Modern Family), LA to Vegas is a single-camera ensemble comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind, to come back a winner. Welcome to Jackpot Airlines, a budget carrier whose junket flight from LA to Vegas and back again, is filled with dreamers looking for that big score. Holding (or, more to the point, barely holding) these voyages together is Ronnie (Kim Matula, UnREAL), a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool (oftentimes, with little success) whether she's dealing with a bi-polar bride-to-be or the dead body in Row 13. Managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays gets even trickier when Ronnie develops a "location-ship" with Colin (Ed Weeks, The Mindy Project), a regular passenger and an economics professor, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Further complicating her job every weekend is Captain Dave (Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott, The Practice, American Horror Story), the narcissistic pilot whose fighter-pilot dreams never quite worked out; Bernard (Nathan Lee Graham, The Comeback, Hitch), the always-positive career flight attendant who thinks there's no flight more magical than the LA-to-Vegas; Artem (Peter Stormare, The Big Lebowski), the genial professional gambler who serves as the plane's resident (but unofficial) bookie; and Nichole (Olivia Macklin, The Young Pope), the sweet-natured, part-time stripper who's a lot savvier than people realize. It won't be easy, but this unlikely group of miscreants and dreamers will eventually go from being strangers on a plane to a supportive, if unconventional, family... from Friday to Sunday...whether they like it or not.