Fox Announces Fall TV Lineup & Squirms On Sarah Connor

Yesterday (Monday, the 19th) Fox announced it's upcoming Fall lineup today and we will be seeing some of Screen Rant's favorites like House, Lie To Me, Bones, Fringe & Dollhouse return this fall.  These are the shows we here at Screen Rant are more focused on.

The news in and about the industry this last weekend was swirling in a dance on what was being renewed and canceled.  Specifically, some were focused on the fates of Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles and why one show was given the axe, and the other given a reprieve.

For the upcoming Fall season House and Lie To Me will be on Mondays.  Bones leads into Fringe on Thursday nights.  Dollhouse stays on Friday with two 30-minute comedies as lead-ins.

At the mid-season point in the schedule, 24 will show up on Mondays following House.

Human Target starts in January on Wednesdays.

PS:  I've picked up some noise that 24 will take place in New York City next season.

Fringe Moving To Thursday Nights

Olivia?  Are we really moving to Thursdays?

If you don't look at the other network schedules, I'm thinking that Fox is pitching two popular shows on one night.  Seems good, but if you dwell on the issue at hand, it seems that they might as well put Fringe on Friday nights with Dollhouse.

I say that because as it currently stands Thursday nights are dominated on other networks by The Office, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy and CSI.

If you look at these shows on the other networks, in regards to viewers there is some serious competition on these other networks for Bones and Fringe.  Numbers from last weeks ratings:

  • The Office had 7.8 milion viewers;
  • 30 Rock - 6.1 mil;
  • Grey's Anatomy - 15.5 mil;
  • CSI - 14.9 mil.

Meanwhile, Bones brought in 8.8 mil and Fringe 9.2 million viewers.

What happens when you pitch Fringe and Bones up against Grey's and CSI?  To me it sounds like a bit of a slaughter and possibly an excuse to cancel one or the other.  Fox may be trying to compete for Thursday nights, but I'm not sure this is their best way of doing it.  It almost seems like they're setting up some shows to be the fall guy.

The guys at Fox seem to think that CSI had a decline in ratings and, I presume, they are thinking it is vulnerable to a new competing show.  Of course, last week Grey's Anatomy was 6th and CSI was 7th in the top 10 of all shows, and 3rd and 4th respectively amongst scripted dramas.

Who is this "decline" statement aimed at?  Mutants from a planet with no TV?  Despite this "toe the company line" stance, Reilly still managed, with a straight face, to toss out statements like "Thursday night, ... the door's more open on this night than it's been in a long, long time."

Regardless, this placement to Thursdays for Fringe concerns this writer.  The only potential saving grace is that we don't know for sure if the regular line up from Thursdays will still exist on the other networks this fall. We only have to wait a day or two to find out.

On The Dollhouse Renewal

I have to kick butt next season.  You with me?

Despite fan-polls on the internet showing a massive popularity draw to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox renewed Dollhouse.


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