Fox Introduces Seven New Fall Shows At Upfront

Fox, the last network to hold its upfront presentation in New York yesterday afternoon, introduced seven new shows for the fall season with a dozen returning shows.

Fox’s long-standing hit Ally McBeal will be replaced by a similar new drama, Girls Club. Although it takes place in San Francisco instead of Boston, the show will be about three young female attorneys. It was created by David E. Kelly, whose credits include Ally and The Practice.

Other new dramas include Fastlane, a Los Angeles cop show produced by Warner Bros; Firefly, a sci-fi adventure about a spaceship 800 years in the future, from Mutant Enemy and 20th Century Fox; and John Doe, about a man possessing special knowledge which he uses to help Seattle police solve impossible crimes, from Regency Television.

Fox will also introduce three new comedies: Cedric the Entertainer Presents, a comedy troupe variety show, from 20th Century Fox; The Grubbs, a family sitcom starring a 14 year old boy who is “a poster child for mediocrity," from Granada Entertainment and 20th Century Fox; and Oliver Beene, a family sitcom that takes place in 1962 about growing up in the Cold War, from Dreamworks Television and 20th Century Fox.

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Fox also announced mid season shows, including Septuplets, a drama about a group of septuplets who turn 16, from 20th Century Fox; 30 Seconds to Fame, a game show in which contestants demonstrate skills to compete for cash prizes, from Explorer Production Group; Meet the Marks, a reality sitcom in which guests have no idea they’re part of a scripted show, from Vin Di Bona Productions; The Pitts, a family comedy from Mike Scully, producer of The Simpsons, from 20th Century Fox; Keen Eddie, a drama about a New York cop who turns up in London, from The Littlefield Comp. and Paramount Network Television; and The Time Tunnel, a drama about time travel, from 20th Century Fox and Regency Television.

Returning shows include 24, The Bernie Mac Show, Boston Public, Futurama, Grounded for Life, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons, That 70's Show, Cops, America's Most Wanted and MADtv.

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