Following Fox's announcement of all their new shows debuting in the 2014-2015 TV season, the network has released the first trailers for Mulaney, Empire, Wayward Pines, Utopia, Hieroglyph, Backstrom and Gracepoint. Check out the first footage for each of these upcoming programs, then read the official description for each series.
From Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) comes Mulaney, a multi-camera ensemble comedy series about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around. John Mulaney is a 29-year-old comedian working the stand-up circuit and looking for his big break. But life drastically changes when self-centered comedy legend and game show host Lou Cannon (Emmy Award winner Martin Short (SCTV, Saturday Night Live, Father of the Bride, Primetime Glick) hires Mulaney as a writer. Lou may be John's entrée into the world of big-money show business, but he's also a total nightmare. Still, the job represents everything Mulaney thinks he wants. But does he really? And, at what cost? And what does it say about him if he quits? And what does it say about him if he stays? And has Lou had work done? Mulaney's life becomes a tug-of-war between the stress of his new job and his guilt over not being there for his two best friends and roommates: Jane (Nasim Pedrad, Saturday Night Live), a tightly wound, yet directionless personal trainer; and Motif (Bradley Seaton Smith, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), a powerhouse comic who shares nothing in common with Mulaney - except the world of stand-up. Rounding out this odd group of friends is Andre (Zack Pearlman, The Inbetweeners), a trust-fund baby who has a knack for showing up in Mulaney's life at the worst possible moments. If Mulaney has one refuge from the chaos that surrounds him, then it's his neighbor, Oscar (Academy Award nominee Elliott Gould (MASH, The Long Goodbye, the Ocean's Eleven franchise), a 71-year-old gay veteran of New York who has seen it all. Oscar is opinionated, refined, gentle, wise and sometimes extremely cantankerous, but most of all, he's an oracle of sound advice when Mulaney feels like life has gone off the rails. A unique mix of ensemble comedy, stand-up performances and an observational point-of-view, Mulaney is a show about the big questions in life: how hard they are to answer and how easy it is to maybe just ignore them and pray they go away. Mulaney is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by John Mulaney. The series is executive-produced by John Mulaney, Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), David Miner (30 Rock), Dave Becky (Louie), Jon Pollack (30 Rock) and Andrew Singer (Portlandia, 30 Rock). Andy Ackerman (Seinfeld) serves as both director and executive producer.
From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels' the Butler, Precious) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (Game Change, Lee Daniels' the Butler) comes Empire, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Lucious Lyon (Academy Awards nominee Terrence Howard, Crash, Hustle & Flow) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family. Lucious' favorite is his youngest son, Hakeem (newcomer Bryshere Gray), a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. The middle son, Jamal (Jussie Smollett, North, The Mighty Ducks), is a sensitive soul and a musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarrasses his father. Andre (Trai Byers, 90210), the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company. But in his quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday, Hung, Catch Me If You Can). As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, Cookie (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she's been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built this empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious' early career. For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. He is attended to by his hard-working assistant, Becky (guest star and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, American Horror Story, Precious), and relies on longtime friend and Chairman of the Board Vernon Turner (Malik Yoba, Revolution, Girlfriends) for advice and support. He relies on a whole lot more from Anika Gibbons (newcomer Grace Gealey), the head of A&R for Empire, and his current girlfriend. As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family's destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by legendary hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland. Will the family unite and learn to love each other before it's too late? Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of the Lyons' Empire. Empire is from Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The pilot is written by Daniels and Strong. The series is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer (24, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Francie Calfo (Those Who Kill, Gang Related). Daniels directed the pilot.
Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines. Based on the best-selling novel "Pines" by Blake Crouch and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs), Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending 10-episode event thriller evocative of the classic hit Twin Peaks. Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he's the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino, Watchmen, Entourage) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan's marriage. Everything changes when a truck slams into his car...and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable Nurse Pam (Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo, The Fighter, Treme) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes. As the mysteries within the town pile up, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic Dr. Jenkins (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones, The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond, 24, Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with Beverly (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis, Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is. Back home in Seattle, Ethan's wife, Theresa Burke (Shannyn Sossamon, "40 Days and 40 Nights," How to Make It in America), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, is informed by Ethan's boss, Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin, Prime Suspect), that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car which was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They're still investigating. But this isn't enough for Theresa. So she sets out on her own search for her husband, along with their teenage son, Ben (Charlie Tahan, The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud). Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town's die-hard residents, especially Sheriff Arnold Pope (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf. Ethan's continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What's wrong with Wayward Pines? Wayward Pines is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club, Runaway) and executive-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Hodge and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth, Devil). Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode.
From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, comes television's biggest social experiment, Utopia. Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location - for an entire year - where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch. With no existing power structures and limited amenities, these "pioneers" will be faced with rewriting the rules. Will they choose democracy or dictatorship? Fidelity or free love? Will they punish or forgive? Choose religion or rationalism? Share with others or hoard for themselves? What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise? What principles will guide their daily lives and inform their deepest decisions? As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join. With cameras following the pioneers㺘/7, viewers can watch their society unfold, both weekly on Fox and also online. As they observe the inhabitants living together, and building their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream. A Dutch version of Utopia has been broadcast and streamed live on the internet since January 2014. It has become an instant sensation, ranking as its network's highest-rated unscripted premiere in six years, while maintaining its position as the network's biggest show for every episode. Utopia has increased the channel's key demo (20-49) market share by an astonishing 500%. Utopia is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol (Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, The VoiceBig Brother). De Mol, Conrad Green (Dancing with the Stars), Jon Kroll (The Amazing Race) and David Tibballs will executive-produce.
The world of ancient Egypt - a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves - lives again in Hieroglyph, an exciting action-adventure series from creator/executive producer Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans). When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt's most secure vault, master thief Ambrose (Max Brown, Beauty & the Beast) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, Ambrose quickly learns that his prison cell might be safer than the dangerous new world in which he finds himself: Atum, the empire's capital. Ambrose must answer to Pharaoh Shai Kanakht (Reece Ritchie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), a god in the flesh, a young ruler with a cool charm and a violent, frightening temper. The question for Ambrose is not whether he can trust his new boss, but whether he can trust anyone. Also stalking the halls of the palace is Nefertari Kanakht (Condola Rashad, Smash, Steel Magnolias), half-sister to the Pharaoh, whose relationship with Shai's closest advisor, Magister Bek (guest star Hal Ozsan, 90210), masks her own designs for power. Finding few leads in the palace, Ambrose's investigation takes him to the doorstep of his long-lost love, Peshet (Caroline Ford, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter), a magic-wielding adoratrice, a type of homespun priestess who uses her femininity as a portal to the gods...for the right price. Peshet was the keystone in Ambrose's merry band of thieves, an impressionable youth with great knowledge of magic, a woman who never saw a lock for which she didn't have an unlocking charm. Five years later, Peshet has left her old life behind in a pious pursuit of divine contact. Ambrose's journey also leads him to old friends, such as Vocifer (John Rhys-Davies, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Raiders of the Lost Ark), a peddler of mystical wares and Ambrose's mentor. But he also comes face-to-face with foes both old and new, from Rawser (Antony Bunsee, EastEnders, Sex and the City 2), the Pharaoh's captain of the guard, who imprisoned him five years ago; to Lotus Tenry (Kelsey Chow, One Tree Hill), a palace concubine and spy for a rival kingdom. As Ambrose unravels the mystery of The Book of Thresholds, he begins to see the extent to which sorcery has seeped into the halls of power in ancient Egypt, and how close it is to causing this great civilization's downfall. Hieroglyph is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Travis Beacham. The series is executive-produced by Beacham, Peter Chernin (New Girl, Touch), Katherine Pope (New Girl, Touch) and Anna Fricke (Being Human, Men in Trees). Miguel Sapochnik (Mind Games, Repo Men) also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot.
From creator/executive producer Hart Hanson (Bones), Backstrom is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irascible - albeit brilliant - detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (three-time Emmy Award nominee Rainn Wilson, The Office) is a man with no filter. After a five-year banishment to the traffic division for offensive behavior, he has returned from disgrace to lead Portland's newly minted S.C.U. Tasked with navigating the city's most sensitive and serious cases, he must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive behavior. To no one's surprise, Backstrom's return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer, Police Chief Anna Cervantes (guest star Inga Cadranel, Orphan Black). Backstrom's second-in-command and the person who actually supervises the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson, House of Lies). The ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom's yang, she extends herself to the limit to counterbalance his erratic and controversial behavior. By her side is Detective Sergeant John Almond (Dennis Haysbert, 24, The Unit), a tested veteran of the Bureau who doesn't approve of Backstrom's xenophobic antics; although he tries to find the light in people, when it comes to Backstrom, he sees only darkness. The group's forensics liaison is Sergeant Peter Niedermayer (Kristoffer Polaha, Ringer, Life UneXpected), a handsome, free-spirited, philosophical man whose open approach to the universe pushes all of Backstrom's buttons. Managing the chain of evidence at S.C.U. headquarters is civilian support Nadia Paquet (Beatrice Rosen, The Dark Knight), a beautiful French immigrant with a profound ability to navigate both cyberspace and legal bureaucracy. She also takes a liking to Backstrom and, at least technically, fills Backstrom's doctor's prescription to "make a friend." On the street, uniformed officer Frank Moto (Page Kennedy, Blue Mountain State, Weeds) proves his value by suppressing the perpetrators and swiftly maneuvering around hostile conditions. Meanwhile, Gregory Valentine (Thomas Dekker, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who serves as Backstrom's tenant, decorator and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop. Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case, even as he less ably adjusts to the progressive sensibilities of 21st century Portland. Backstrom is from Far Field Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Hart Hanson, and based on Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson's hit series of books of the same name. The series is executive-produced by Hanson, Kevin Hooks (Last Resort, Detroit 1-8-7), Persson, Niclas Salomonsson and Mark Mylod (Shameless, Once Upon a Time), who directed the pilot.
When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town's residents. Welcome to Gracepoint, a new 10-episode mystery event series based on Broadchurch, the U.K.'s critically acclaimed hit crime drama. Gracepoint is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative. Leading the investigation is Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant, Broadchurch, Doctor Who), who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town's police force. That job previously had been promised to Detective Ellie Miller (Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad), who, in light of the tragedy, must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss. Det. Miller must break the news to her doting husband, Joe (Josh Hamilton, American Horror Story) and her son, Tom (newcomer Jack Irvine), who was the best friend of the murder victim, Danny Solano (Nikolas Filipovic, Falling Skies). Danny is survived by his grieving parents, Mark (Michael Peña, End of Watch) and Beth Solano (Virginia Kull, Boardwalk Empire), and his rebellious older sister, Chloe (newcomer Madalyn Horcher), who has an older boyfriend, Dean Iverson (Kendrick Sampson, The Vampire Diaries), unbeknownst to her parents. All of Gracepoint is pulled into the investigation, including Jack Reinhold (Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Nick Nolte, Luck), a private man who runs the kayak rental service on the beach, as well as the local wildlife observation program, for which Danny volunteered. Susan Wright (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook), a mysterious woman, lives in the RV park near the coast, with her dog. The town's minister, Paul Coates (Kevin Rankin, Justified), becomes the de facto spokesperson for the community as the media descends on Gracepoint. Danny's death also impacts tourism, with the decline in visitors felt most harshly by hotel owner Gemma Fisher (Sarah-Jane Potts, Kinky Boots), a vivacious Brit with secrets of her own. Also touched by Danny's death is Mark's apprentice at his plumbing company, Vince Novik (Stephen Louis Grush, Lucky 7). The investigation is followed closely by the town's local newspaper reporter, Owen Burke (Kevin Zegers, Transamerica), who is Det. Miller's nephew. Owen's ambition is fueled by San Francisco Globe reporter Renee Clemons (Jessica Lucas, Cloverfield), who has a history with Detective Carver and sets up camp in Gracepoint to cover the case. The riveting crime series carves a powerfully dark wake through the town of Gracepoint with a startling conclusion, as the detectives piece together what happened on the night of Danny's death. Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends, Gracepoint is executive-produced by Anya Epstein (In Treatment, Homicide: Life on the Street); Dan Futterman (Capote, In Treatment); the original series' creator, Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who, Camelot); Kudos' Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Utopia), John Goldwyn ("Dexter"); and Shine America's Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge). Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners. Chibnall wrote the premiere episode, and James Strong (Broadchurch, "Downton Abbey") directed.