FOX announced their Fall 2007 TV Schedule on Thursday, May 17th and they have split the premieres of their new shows between the fall and next January. This includes two new dramas, a comedy and three unscripted shows for the fall. In January two more dramas and a comedy get added into the mix. All told FOX has four dramas, three comedies and three unscripted shows. FOX also has the Super Bowl this year and has already announced that House will get the post game slot. ABC, CBS, The CW and NBC have all previously announced their Fall 2007 TV Schedules as well.
Update 8-21-2007: Check out the Ultimate Guide to the Fall 2007 TV Schedule.
The interesting thing about FOXâ€™s schedule is that they are waiting to premiere some of their bigger shows until January, most notably The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Return of Jezebel James. This will be something to watch, as FOX has in the past tried to launch shows super early, even at the end of August to try and get traction before their schedule gets interrupted by the MLB Playoffs and World Series. If these new shows take root, however, it will allow them to run straight through with out repeats, as they do with 24.
FOX has gone in a similar route to The CW and have schedule a lot of reality type series. In the fall: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full of scripted comedies and dramas. Thursday, Friday and Saturday is all unscripted all the time. Then in January they all but disappear, but of course American Idol returns for a seventh season.
So, what does the new FOX Fall 2007 Schedule look like?
King of the Hill
Sunday (January 2008)
King of the Hill
The Sarah Connor Chronicles â€“ This is the story of Sarah Connor and her son John and what happens to them between Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Stars Lena Headey (300), Summer Glau (Firefly), Thomas Dekker (Heroes) and Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy).
Prison Break â€“ K-Ville, which follows, takes this timeslot when 24 returns in January. Prison Break returns to this timeslot in the spring.
K-Ville â€“ About a group of cops called the Felony Action Squad in New Orleans who hunt down the worst of the worst. Stars Anthony Anderson (The Shield), Tawny Cypress (Heroes) and John Carroll Lynch (Close to Home, The Drew Carrey Show). Moves up an hour in January to make room for the return of 24.
New Amsterdam â€“ The story of a New York homicide cop that has lived for over 400 years. He has been given the ability to stay young and never grow old until he meets his one true love. Moves to the second hour of primetime on Friday nights after Bones in January.
Back to You â€“ The new comedy starring Kelsey Grammar (Frasier) and Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) as newsanchors reunited after ten years at a Pittsburgh television station.
â€˜Til Death â€“ Moves to after the American Idol results show in the spring.
Bones â€“ Moves to the first hour of primetime on Fridays in January.
Wednesday (January 2008)
Back to You
â€˜Til Death â€“ In the spring this will move back and hour and new show The Return of Jezebel James will take over this timeslot.
American Idol â€“ In the spring this will be a half-hour results show followed by â€˜Til Death.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Kitchen Nightmares â€“ Gordan Ramsay from Hellâ€™s Kitchen gets called in to fix problems at restaraunts in crisis. Canteburyâ€™s Law takes over this timeslot in January.
Thursday (January 2008)
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Canterburyâ€™s Law â€“ The return of Julianna Marguiles (ER) to network TV as an attorney. It is from the producers of the FX show Rescue Me. The story of an attorney on the rise that risks everything to take on case that no one else will.
The Search for the Next Great American Band â€“ Tries to be the American Idol for bands instead of solo artists. Bones moves to this timeslot in January.
Nashville â€“ A reality soap opera in the vein of Laguna Beach about wannabe country music artists. New Amsterdam moves to this timeslot in January.
Americaâ€™s Most Wanted
Other FOX Fall 2007 TV Schedule Info
Nanny 911 and Trading Spouses were not mentioned in their presentation, but could still be back to fill the voids of cancelled shows. Late night staple MADtv will be back for another season on Saturday nights and will be followed once again by Talkshow With Spike Feresten.
The FOX shows that wonâ€™t be returning are Drive, Happy Hour, Justice, The Loop, The O.C., The Rich List, Standoff, Vanished, The War at Home, The Wedding Bells and The Winner.
New shows waiting in the wings are the comedy The Rules for Starting Over and all the shows that are not scheduled to start until January mentioned above.
The shows that sound interesting to the TVaholic at this point are K-Ville, New Amsterdam, The Return of Jezebel James and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
What new FOX shows look good to you? What shows are you sad to see didnâ€™t make it? What do you think of FOXâ€™s Fall 2007 TV Schedule?
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what is the actual start date of the FOX and CBS programs this fall?
Jen, all of the networks have announced their premiere dates and subsequently moved things around in the last few weeks. Things seem to have mostly settled in now, so full coverage of the fall TV season will begin next week here at TVaholic and will include premiere dates for both new and returning shows.