Calling its 2013-14 schedule Fox’s “biggest investment in original programming in our history,” Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly on Monday presented the network’s plans to launch original shows over all 12 months of the year.
The schedule includes five new comedies, four dramas and the network’s first “event” series, “Wayward Pines” from M. Night Shyamalan. Reilly also confirmed that the network would bring back “24” as a limited-run event series.
Other highlights of the schedule include “New Girl” getting the post-Super Bowl slot for 2014 and “Glee” taking a midseason break, returning in the spring and continuing into the summer.
The “Glee” plan is indicative of the overall Fox schedule, which will see staggered premiere dates, shows lasting anywhere from 13 to 22 episodes and one season bleeding into another. Reilly said he’d prefer abolishing the idea of the midseason, since Fox plans to offer continual new programming.
Fox beefed up its Tuesday night comedy block and moved some shows, including “Bones” and “Raising Hope,” to Friday nights, where it will air scripted programs for the first time.
Reilly wouldn’t say if all the “American Idol” judges were out, but did confirm Randy Jackson was leaving. He said the show will go back to a three-judge panel next season and that other format changes were coming.
Below is the schedule Fox released this morning, as well as short descriptions of its new series.
FOX 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
(New shows in CAPS. All times CT)
7-8 p.m.: Bones (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (late fall)
8-9 p.m.: SLEEPY HOLLOW (fall) / The Following (midseason)
7-7:30 p.m.: DADS
7:30-8 p.m.: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8-8:30 p.m.: New Girl
8:30-9 p.m.: The Mindy Project
7-9 p.m.: The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)
7-8 p.m.: The X Factor Results (fall) / American Idol Results (midseason)
8-9 p.m.: Glee (fall) / RAKE (midseason)
7-8 p.m.: JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (fall)
8-9 p.m.: SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
7-8 p.m.: Bones (late fall)
8-8:30 p.m.: Raising Hope (late fall)
8:30-9 p.m.: ENLISTED (new; late fall)
6-9:30 p.m.: Fox Sports Saturday
10-11:30 p.m.: ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF
6-6:30 p.m.: NFL Game (fall)
6:30-7 p.m.: THE OT (fall)
7-7:30 p.m.: The Simpsons
7:30-8 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 p.m.: Family Guy
8:30-9 p.m.: American Dad
Scheduling to be announced for the following new series slated for midseason: GANG RELATED, SURVIVING JACK, US & THEM and MURDER POLICE.
FOX NEW SERIES SYNOPSES
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”) and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a single-camera workplace comedy about what happens when a hotshot detective (Samberg) gets a new Captain (Braugher) with a lot to prove.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Universal Television
CREATORS/WRITERS: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dan Goor, Michael Schur, David Miner
DIRECTORS: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
CAST: Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Ray Holt, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Chelsea Peretti as Gina
Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the team behind “Ted” FAMILY GUY, stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green (FAMILY GUY) and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi (“My Name is Earl,” “Ted,” “Avatar”) as two successful gaming entrepreneurs – and childhood best friends – whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, “Two and a Half Men,” and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos”) move in.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Fuzzy Door Productions
CREATORS/WRITERS: Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
DIRECTOR: Mark Cendrowski
CAST: Seth Green as Eli, Giovanni Ribisi as Warner, Martin Mull as Crawford, Peter Riegert as David, Vanessa Lachey as Camila, Brenda Song as Veronica, Tonita Castro as Edna
Starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent and heartfelt single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.