Fox has announced their fall 2014 line-up for prime-time shows. The network will be bringing back old favorites and creating potential new ones, as well as letting go of a few series whose takeoff was less than stellar. The Fox news channel has ordered five new series, looking to boost channel ratings in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
The most highly anticipated of these up-and-coming series is the Batman prequel Gotham, starring former O.C. star Ben McKenzie, whose most recent acting endeavor was in the American crime drama Southland, which was axed by executives at the TNT network before the launch of its second season. Gotham will give Batman enthusiasts a look into the life of a young Jim Gordon, before the emergence of Batman. The show will be broadcast on Monday, a sure sign that producers have high faith the series will be a hit.
Among the new series that Fox has announced in its latest lineup is Utopia, an allegedly unscripted experiment into whether or not humans can truly live in harmony with one another once the creature comforts of life have disappeared. 15 Americans will abandon the safety and security of their current lives to be placed on an uninhabited island, where the task will be to create a new civilization. Utopia will premiere on Tuesdays.
Red Band Society will follow a group of teenagers as they find common ground after meeting at a hospital pediatric ward. It will be aired on Wednesdays. Gracepoint, slated for Thursdays, is the American adaptation of the hugely popular U.K. crime drama Broadchurch, starring Doctor Who veteran David Tennant, who will also appear as the lead in the U.S. version. Sunday nights will showcase the comedy Mulaney, featuring stand-up comic John Mulaney, as he searches for fame and struggles to balance his sometimes overwhelming friends and family.
Fox announced this Fall 2014 lineup shortly after releasing the list of shows that had been axed from the network. This list includes Surviving Jack, a tongue-in-cheek comedy starring Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star Christopher Meloni. The series barely survived a single season due to abysmal ratings. Also put on the chopping block was Raising Hope, a Grey’s Anatomy-esque medical drama that survived four seasons before ultimately facing cancellation due to declining audience rates. The remainder of the cancelled series include the comedy-drama Rake, the American adaptation of the U.K. supernatural drama Being Human, and the comedies Enlisted and Dads.
Fox has chosen to renew animated comedies Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Bob’s Burgers, which will respectively air their 13th, 26th and fifth seasons on the network. Fellow animated series American Dad airs its final FOX episode on May 18, 2014, after which the show will be picked up for a shortened 11th season on TBS.
The network’s top reality show, singing competition American Idol, has also been renewed for another season. Former The Office star Mindy Kaling’s romantic comedy series The Mindy Project was surprisingly picked up for a third season, after critics predicted the show would meet its demise after the second season came to an end. Fox’s popular musical-comedy-drama series Glee has been confirmed for one final season, premiering early 2015. Also returning for another year are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Bones, The Following, and Sleepy Hollow.
Fox’s announcement of the network’s Fall 2014 line-up will no doubt bring excitement and anticipation for the newly premiering series and disappointment for fans of series cancelled. By the same token, there should be much relief for viewers of the aforementioned renewals.
by Rebecca Grace