With the Fox Television Network in major transition -- its parent company is selling about half its TV-film businesses to Walt Disney -- the network has announced five new shows for the upcoming season.
Three comedies and two dramas are planned for this year -- including a resurrected “Last Man Standing,” which last appeared on ABC in 2016-2017 season.
This year, Fox will see 13 of its prime-time scripted TV shows coming from its own Fox TV production unit. A potential $52.4 billion acquisition that will see the TV-film studio moving to Disney.
“Last Man Standing” will get the 8 p.m. time slot on Friday -- the same time period that it ran on ABC for virtually all of its initial run. Also on Friday will be a new show, “The Cool Kids” at 8:30 a.m. -- about a group of friends living in a retirement community;
This fall, Fox will devote more time to the NFL, securing the complete broadcast network portion of the “Thursday Night Football” package under a five-year deal for $550 million -- airing 11 games per year. “TNF” broadcast airings were shared by NBC and CBS last year.
With the 2017-2018 TV season nearly complete, Fox is in a tie for third place (with ABC) among key 18-49 viewers, with a Nielsen 1.5 rating/6 share for the live-program plus same-day viewing. Fox is in fourth place in overall viewers, averaging 5 million in prime time.
On Sunday, at the end of its animation block, Fox will start “REL,” a comedy about a Chicago husband/father who finds out his wife is having an affair with his barber.
In midseason, Fox will air the drama “The Passage” -- about a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease -- or potentially wipe out the human race. Another hourlong drama, “Proven Innocent,” tells the story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own.
Fox will continue its live musical efforts with “Rent” debuting Jan. 27, 2019. Also coming is a new limited “Cosmos” series -- its third season -- via Fox/National Geographic Channel -- “Cosmos: Possible Worlds, host by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Fox Fall 2018 Schedule
(all times ET/PT)
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Resident
9:00-10:00 p.m. 9-1-1
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Gifted
9:00-10:00 p.m. Lethal Weapon
8:00-9:00 p.m. Empire
9:00-10:00 p.m. Star
7:30-8:00 p.m. ET Thursday Night Football pregame
4:30-5:00 p.m. PT
8:00 p.m. ET Thursday Night Football
5:00 p.m. PT
8:00-8:30 p.m. Last Man Standing (all-new episodes)
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Cool Kids (new series)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen
7:00-10:30 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7:00-7:30 p.m. NFL on Fox
7:30-8:00 p.m. The OT /Fox encores
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. Bob’s Burgers
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. REL (new series)