Continuing this week’s upfront presentations, Fox was next to announce their new series for the 2010/2011 season. With Fox’s current primetime line-up remaining largely unchanged, there weren’t many openings available for new programming. That being said, Fox picked up seven new series in total with three premiering this fall, three midseason series and a new romantic comedy slated for spring.
Amongst those picked up were a new comedy from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz (Running Wilde) – staring Will Arnett, a new comedy from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia (Raising Hope), a new animated series from Loren Bouchard, the genius creator of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (Bob’s Burgers) and previously announced Steven Spielberg drama Terra Nova – although, it won’t premiere until next year.
All in all, Fox has proven once again why the other networks need to watch their backs. While Fox has always been treated like the lesser network, these past years have proven Fox to be one of the only broadcast networks to consistently delivery quality programs.
Check out Fox’s newly announced 2010/2011 line-up below:
A sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil, will premiere this fall. From Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (“Party of Five”), writer Kyle Killen and directed by Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”), the compelling series stars newcomer James Wolk as a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can’t break free. He’s caught between two very different lives and two very different women.
The new family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”), starring Lucas Neff (“The Beast”), Martha Plimpton (“How To Make It In America”), Garret Dillahunt (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Academy and Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman (“Malcolm In The Middle”). The sweet, offbeat comedy follows Jimmy Chance (Neff), a well-meaning screw-up trying his best to raise his infant daughter with the help of the eccentric family who did a less-than-stellar job of raising him.
The new romantic comedy from “Arrested Development’s” Jim Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett. Starring Arnett (“30 Rock”) and Keri Russell (“Waitress,” “Felicity”), the comedy centers on a lovable, but immature playboy (Arnett) trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart (Russell), the über-liberal humanitarian who got away.
A new relationship comedy created by Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) about three longtime friends and their attempts to balance their committed relationships with their desire for freedom. The ensemble comedy stars Nelson Franklin (“I Love You, Man”), David Denman (“The Office”), Kris Marshall (HUMAN TARGET), Liza Lapira (“Dexter”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (FAMILY GUY) and reveals how friendships and romances enhance – and further complicate – the lives of men and the women who love them.
A new animated comedy series from creator Loren Bouchard (“Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”) about a man, his family and their floundering burger joint. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob and his lovable and quirky family are convinced their burgers are their ticket to success.
An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, is the new event drama slated for midseason from executive producers Steven Spielberg (“Jurassic Park,” “The Pacific”), Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and David Fury (24, “Lost”). The action-adventure series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.
From creator Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”), the fast-paced series, shot on location in Chicago and starring Jason Clarke (“Public Enemies”), Jennifer Beals (LIE TO ME) and Delroy Lindo (“Kidnapped”), will take audiences on an unflinching and unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago to navigate crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.
While I said earlier that NBC’s announced line-up was strong, I really mean it when talking about Fox. While some of these series may not make it, I have no doubt that a good majority will be sticking around.
Without seeing a complete pilot for any of the new shows, the only one that I am will to wager on sticking around for a while is Raising Hope.
Do I have any takers?
What do you think of Fox’s new line-up? What series will you be watching? Which ones do you think will be canceled?
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