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Upfronts: Fox's New Shows and 2016-17 Schedule

Updated 5/20: Pitch and Bones will swap places, with the former now debuting in the fall rather than at midseason. Prison Break has also been pushed back to a spring premiere.

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at Fox's plans for the 2016-17 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...

Fox's cancellations (announced late last week) include all four of its first-year comedies, as well as two freshman dramas. Only three 2015-16 newcomers (Lucifer, Rosewood, and Scream Queens) will return, with the fate of a fourth—the just-launched Houdini and Doyle—still undetermined. Fox also sounds likely to pick up additional episodes of its X-Files revival should it be able to come to contractual agreements with cast and crew, though those episodes probably wouldn't air until the 2017-18 season.

Scripted shows are in bold below.

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

The 12 first-year series ordered for Fox's 2016-17 season are detailed below. Shows that did not get picked up include Recon (a terrorist drama from Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec that could potentially be reworked for consideration at midseason), an adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta film Urban Cowboy that nobody was clamoring for, an adaptation of the nonfiction medical book Zoobiquity, the Judy Greer/Patton Oswalt workplace comedy HR, and the Courteney Cox comedy Charity Case.

24 Legacy

Mondays at 8p starting February 5

A reboot of Fox's one-time hit 24, Legacy will exist in the same universe (and retain the real-time format) but feature an all-new cast of characters. Heading the cast is Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, The Walking Dead), who plays a troubled military hero who enlists CTU to save his life and prevent yet another large-scale terrorist attack. Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Dan Bucatinsky, and Teddy Sears also star. The original producers return, joined by Kiefer Sutherland as an executive producer (though don't expect him to appear on screen unless his new ABC series, Designated Survivor, meets a quick demise). As was common with the previous series, Legacy will premiere over two consecutive nights, though this time it will get Super Bowl LI as a lead-in.


Mondays at 9p starting early 2017

From Person of Interest producer David Slack comes this new crime procedural that's sort of a cross between that show and Chicago PD. Justin Kirk stars as a Chicago tech billionaire who, fed up with his city's sky-high crime rate, puts up his own money to privatize the police department's 13th Precinct and implement cutting-edge technology to fight crime. Natalie Martinez and Ernie Hudson also star, while Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will serve as showrunner. Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-0) directs the pilot and produces.

ImageThe Exorcist

Two different priests attempt to aid a family troubled by demonic possession in this modern-day psychological thriller based on the classic 1973 horror film and William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel. Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and Alan Ruck star. The adaptation comes from screenwriter Jeremy Slater (2015's Fantastic Four, though in his defense it was changed quite a bit in rewrites), with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directing the pilot and producing.

ImageMaking History

Sundays at 8:30p starting midseason

Of the three new time travel series headed to primetime next season, this is the only one that's a comedy. Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, and writer-comedian Yassir Lester star as three friends—who happen not to live in the same century (most of the time). Fox is pitching the series as two shows in one, with one being a modern-day relationship comedy and the other a historical adventure. It's one of two Fox newcomers produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who already have The Last Man on Earth on Fox and are directing the upcoming Han Solo film), and it comes from The Grinder writer Julius Sharpe.


A young pitcher becomes the first woman to play in the majors when she is called up by the San Diego Padres in this sports drama from Dan Fogelman (Galavant) and Rick Singer. Star Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome, Twisted) has already been generating great buzz for her strong performance in the pilot. The show's creators are aiming for realism in the baseball scenes, so another plus is a license from Major League Baseball, which means that you'll see actual team uniforms, stadiums, and potentially even players. Bob Balaban, Ali Larter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, and Dan Lauria also star, and Paris Barclay (Sons of Anarchy) directs the pilot and produces.

ImageSon of Zorn

Fox's most unusual newcomer is the other series produced by the aforementioned Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Originally ordered last fall, Zorn stars Jason Sudeikis as a legendary warrior who returns home to Earth after a decade away (fighting battles in his homeland of Zephyria) to reconnect with his son and ex-wife while adapting to a new office job. One catch: he is animated, while everyone and everything else in the show is live-action. Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, and Tim Meadows also star. The show was created by Eli Jorne and Reed Agnew (who both wrote for Wilfred, which also featured one unusual character who was not like the others), though the former has since departed the series due to creative differences.

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