Network Upfronts Extravaganza – ‘FOX’ 2007-2008 Schedule

FOX always needed to be different, and this year they’ve certainly accomplished that. It’s perhaps their most epic full-year schedule to date, with three of their pickups being held over until the Spring and being replaced by a glutton of new reality shows. What does this mean for holdovers like Bones or House? And what are these new shows all about? For all the details continue onto the epicness that is the FOX Full Year 2007/2008 Schedule.

Now, here’s how this works. First, the Fall Schedule, and then the Spring one. Which itself has two different areas. Le sigh.

FOX’s Fall 2007 Schedule

Mondays

8pm – Prison Break

9pm – K-Ville

FOX has gone with a fairly competitive Monday, hoping that K-Ville (A crime procedural set in New Orleans) is able to succeed where Vanished failed last year: filling in for 24. It’s a tough task, but I think the quasi-procedural has a better shot of it.

Tuesdays

8pm – New Amsterdam

9pm – House

This is a huge mistake for the network, only because they’re not using House to their advantage. House should be leading into a new series, not out of it! The show has such huge potential, and although that timeslot is good for the show it’s still not doing as much as it could for new programming. New Amsterdam, meanwhile, needs all the help it can get with its 400-year old spiritually enchanted investigator. I don’t see many viewers tuning in for that.

Wednesdays

8pm – Back to You

8:30pm – ‘Til Death

9pm – Bones

Bones gets a nice jump up to the usual American Idol slot this fall, which is sure to be a comfy location for its newfound success. Back To You, the only comedy making its debut in the fall, has Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton…and Billy from Battlestar Galactica! Guess which one excites me the most (Hint: It’s Billy!)

Thursdays

8pm – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader

9pm – Kitchen Nightmares

Snore. Sorry FOX, I know that this has counter-programming options, but it’s just plain boring.

Fridays

8pm – The Search for the Next Great American Band

9pm – Nashville

Similar here…all reality? It’s a lineup that will struggle against CBS’ crime procedurals, unless for some reason people really want to see young country stars trying to make it in Nashville, Laguna Beach style…oh wait, they probably do. Damn people.

Sundays

8pm – Simpsons

8:30pm – King of the Hill

9pm – Family Guy

9:30pm – American Dad

King of the Hill gets a surprise renewal, allowing the Animation Domination block to officially be 100% animation.

But wait: Everything changes in the Spring. And I mean everything. I’ll just make a new schedule, but another three series make their debuts in the Spring.

Spring 2008 Schedule

Mondays

8pm – K-Ville (Jan.) / Prison Break (Spring)

9pm – 24

Tuesdays

8pm – American Idol

9pm – House

Wednesdays

8pm – Back to You

8:30pm – ‘Til Death (January) / The Return of Jezebel James (Spring)

9pm – American Idol (One-hour: January, ½ hour: Spring)

9:30pm – ‘Til Death (Spring)

‘Til Death keeps its post-Idol spot that it did well in this year, while Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Jezebel James takes over for it at 8:30.

Thursdays

8pm – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader

9pm – Canterbury’s Law

Fridays

8pm – Bones

9pm – New Amsterdam

Sundays

8pm – King of the Hill

8:30pm – American Dad

8pm – The Simpsons

8:30pm – Family Guy

9pm – The Sarah Connor Chronicles

That’s right: Animation Domination is dead as they attempt to launch a drama on Sundays for the first time in a long time. How well will it work against Desperate Housewives and Cold Case? My bet is not very long.

Well, that’s that: for all the information about the different shows, continue reading through these hilarious press releases (Which I’ve graciously edited down form their enormous lengths).

Reality

Kitchen Nightmares

Hell hath no fury like an angry chef, and no chef has a sharper temper than Gordon Ramsay when things go wrong in the kitchen. The star of the highly rated culinary boot camp “Hell’s Kitchen” returns to FOX with another sizzling unscripted series. This time, Chef Ramsay hits the road in each episode, tackling a restaurant in crisis and exposing the stressful realities of trying to run a successful food business.

The Search for the Next Great American Band

What “American Idol” did for individuals, THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND is going to do for musical groups. The producers of “American Idol” will conduct the ultimate search for an undiscovered band. THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND is scouring the country, seeking groups from all musical genres who think they have what it takes to make it big. Judges will narrow down bands from all walks of life musicians of different ages, family acts, garage bands, etc. to 10 semi-finalists, who will perform in front of a live studio audience. Viewers then will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite bands. The final three acts will compete for a major recording contract and the chance to become music superstars.

Nashville

From the creative minds behind the hit series “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” comes NASHVILLE, a high-stakes, high-drama docu-soap set in “the biggest small town in America.” The show focuses on the dreamers and dream-makers in the music industry, as well as those trying to make their mark on Nashville’s big business and high society. The series features a diverse, vibrant young cast perched on the cusp of achieving their greatest successes in a town that can make you or break you. Talent, power, drive, love and hope are the fuel that makes Nashville burn bright and makes this unique place the true embodiment of the American Dream. Behind every song there’s a story waiting to be told, and there are many such stories in NASHVILLE.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Executive producers Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”), David Nutter (“Supernatural,” “Smallville”) and C2 Pictures (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”) bring to television an intense new drama based on the celebrated heroine of the “Terminator” movies: Sarah Connor. At the end of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Sarah vanquished the liquid metal Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future, and the present, could attack at any moment. SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES reveals what happens when SARAH CONNOR (Lena Headey, “The Brothers Grimm,” “300”) stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life, and perhaps the world.

New Amsterdam

Directed and executive-produced by visionary Lasse Hallstrm (“My Life As a Dog,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “The Hoax”) and written by Allan Loeb (“Things We Lost in the Fire,” “21”) and Christian Taylor (“Showboy,” “Six Feet Under”), NEW AMSTERDAM is the story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other. He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret he is immortal. In 1642, JOHN AMSTERDAM (Nikolaj Coster Waldau, “Kingdom of Heaven”), then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam later to become New York City stepped in front of a sword intended for a Native Indian girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality. But Amsterdam has found this to be a mixed blessing. Over the course of three centuries, he’s experienced endless adventure and honed his many talents. But everyone Amsterdam meets must leave him in time; lovers and children die while he remains young. His sole confidante and lifelong friend is the sage jazz club owner OMAR (Stephen Henderson, “Law & Order: SVU”), the keeper of Amsterdam’s secret, as well as a few of his own. As the exhilaration of eternal life has given way to emotional isolation and bitter loneliness, Amsterdam discovers the blessing has become a curse. love.

K-Ville

When everything changes, so do the rules. From writer and executive producer Jonathan Lisco (“NYPD Blue,” “The District”) comes an explosive police drama set in New Orleans America’s new Wild West. Two years after Katrina, the city is still in chaos. Criminals roam the streets with AK-47s, many cops have quit, and the jails, police stations and crime labs still haven’t been rebuilt. But the cops who remain have courage to burn and a passion to reclaim their city. MARLIN BOULET (Anthony Anderson, “The Departed,” “The Shield”) is a brash, funny, in-your-face veteran of the NOPD’s Felony Action Squad, the specialized unit that targets the most-wanted criminals. Even when his partner deserted him during the storm, Boulet held his post, spending days in the water saving lives and keeping order. Now, two years later, he’s unapologetic about bending the rules when it comes to collaring bad guys. The stakes are too high, and the city too lawless, for him to do things by the book.

Canterbury’s Law

From executive producers Denis Leary and Jim Serpico (“Rescue Me,” “The Job”) and writer Dave Erickson (“Murder in Greenwich”) comes CANTERBURY’S LAW, a courtroom drama about a rebellious female defense attorney who’s willing to bend the law in order to protect the wrongfully accused. ELIZABETH CANTERBURY (Julianna Margulies, “ER”) is a force of nature. An attorney on the rise, she puts her career on the line to take on risky and unpopular cases, even when they take a toll on her personal life. Elizabeth and her law professor husband MATTHEW CANTERBURY (Linus Roache, “Batman Begins,” “The Chronicles of Riddick”), haunted by the disappearance of their young son, have settled in Providence, Rhode Island, in an attempt to distance themselves from the tragedy and put their relationship back together. But those goals become elusive whenever Elizabeth’s work provides a stark reminder of the justice absent in their own lives.

Comedies

The Return of Jezebel James

Can two estranged sisters, polar opposites, really raise a baby together? SARAH THOMKINS (Parker Posey, “For Your Consideration”) is a bright, optimistic, determined woman who seems to have it all a great job as a children’s book editor, an eager-to-please assistant, BUDDY, who helps keep her life together, and a no-strings-attached relationship with successful businessman MARCUS SONTI (Scott Cohen, “Kissing Jessica Stein”). Nevertheless, as her father, RONALD (Ron McLarty, “Law & Order,” “Champs,” “Spenser: For Hire”), is constantly pointing out, something is missing from Sarah’s life. Her hard work may garner accolades, but when she goes home at night, she is very much alone. All too aware that she isn’t getting any younger, Sarah decides to have a baby on her own and gets the shock of her life when the doctor tells her she can’t get pregnant. Having no concept of the term “can’t,” she wills herself to execute a plan. With nowhere else to turn, Sarah sets up a meeting with her quirky younger sister, COCO (Lauren Ambrose, “Six Feet Under”), and asks her to carry her baby.

The Rules for Starting Over

Dating is like going to the farmers market if you get there early, there’s plenty of fruit, all ripe, juicy and yours for the taking. That’s dating in your 20s. But if you get there at closing time, it’s a completely different story. What little fruit is left has been sitting in the sun all day. It’s been dropped, squeezed and handled by a thousand different people. That’s dating in your 30s. From the creatively fruitful minds of the Farrelly Brothers, THE RULES FOR STARTING OVER is a single camera comedy, set in Boston, about a group of newly single friends learning the painful lessons of starting over in their 30s. They’d all love to get re-married, if they could just find their true loves. JACK “GATOR” GATELY (Craig Bierko, “Cinderella Man,” “Boston Legal”) is a charismatic, optimistic leader who never expected to be single again. But now that he is, he’s determined to make the best of it. He’s going to sift through all the bruised, damaged, occasionally psychotic fruit until he finds “the one.” Along the way, Gator and his buddies will chronicle their dating misadventures in a cautionary list of dating don’ts, such as: “if she’s still nursing, it’s too soon,” “learn to identify gang tattoos” and “Pretty Woman’ is not a documentary.”

Back To You

In the 90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: CHUCK DARLING (Kelsey Grammer, “Frasier,” “Cheers”) and KELLY CARR (Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond”). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry … at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of an egomaniacal womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed. Now, after an embarrassing newscast tirade ends up on the Internet, Chuck finds himself on the downswing career-wise. He’s even questioning whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels is as exciting as it used to be. So when he gets the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

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