FOX has released its impressive fall line-up and there’s certainly enough variety presented to whet fans’ appetites, no matter their preferred taste.
5 new dramas, two new event series, four new comedies and one unscripted series were unveiled at the Beacon Theatre today as new additions to the 2014 schedule.
Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), stated that, “Our portfolio of content this year reflects the biggest investment in programming we’ve ever made.” He added, “FOX is redefining the network experience on our air and as a 24/7/365 platform, with distinctive series, addictive event dramas and can’t-miss live specials that will deliver broadcast’s most youthful audience at scale.”
“The new series and specials we’re presenting today feature buzzworthy worlds and characters that we think will be the most talked about, liked, tweeted and shared of the season,” commented Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer of FOX.
Some highlights on the upcoming 2014 roster include:
Gotham ,which traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”) and Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Gotham follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Red Band Society, a provocative, inspiring and, at times, comedic young ensemble drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces.
Gracepoint, a riveting 10-episode mystery series which follows the tragic death of a young boy, and the major police investigation and nationwide media frenzy that subsequently overtake a picturesque seaside town, where anyone is a suspect. The show stars Welsh BAFTA winner David Tennant (“Dr. Who”), Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte (“Warrior,” “Affliction”) and SAG Award winner Michael Peña (“American Hustle”).
In addition to the beefed up 2014 schedule, 2015 will also bring its fair share of additions to the network, with 3 distinctive dramas (Empire, Heiroglyph, Backstrom) , three comedies (Weird Loners, The Last Man On Earth, Bordertown) and the evocative event series, Wayward Pines.
Highlights from the 2015 season include:
Empire, a sexy and powerful new drama that hails from Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), follows the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Set to an original soundtrack written and produced by hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland, the family drama stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (“Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).
Wayward Pines, an intense, mind-bending 10-episode thriller starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (“Crash”) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. Every step closer to the truth makes him question if he will ever get out of Wayward Pines alive. The all-star cast also includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (“Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”), Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), Shannyn Sossamon (“How to Make It in America”), Toby Jones (the “Harry Potter” franchise) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear”). The series is based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”).
The Last Man On Earth, created by and starring Will Forte (“Nebraska,” “Saturday Night Live”) , is a new single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. Phil Miller (Forte) was once just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank – now he’s humanity’s last hope. Will he ever find another person alive on the planet? Would hoping that she is a female be asking too much?
FOX’s Complete Fall 2014-2015 Schedule
8:00-9:00 pm–Gotham (new)
9:00-10:00 pm —Sleepy Hollow
8:00-9:00 pm– Utopia (new)
9:00-9:30 pm– New Girl
9:30-10:00 pm– The Mindy Project
8:00-9:00 pm–Hell’s Kitchen
9:00-10:00 pm–Red Band Society (new)
9:00-10:00 pm– Gracepoint (new)
8:00-9:00 pm– MasterChef Junior
9:00-10:00 pm–Utopia (new)
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 —Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00-9:30 pm —Family Guy
9:30-10:00 pm– Mulaney (new)
Do you plan on tuning in to any of the new FOX programming?