Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group; and Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, today unveiled the Fox primetime schedule for the 2010-2011 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at The New Beacon Theatre.
"Fox has been the No. 1 network for six consecutive seasons not only because our programs are hits, but also because they're the most engaging shows on television," said Rice. "We're very excited to add a full slate of creative, original new series next season that will help us continue to capture imaginations and draw people back to Fox week after week."
"Last season, we did what Fox does best: we took some risks that paid off. Now we're going to up the ante with an even more diverse and creative roster of programs for next year," said Reilly. "With three daring new dramas, a fresh new animated series and three new live-action comedies, we're positioned to rebuild the Fox comedy brand, introduce the next generation of unique characters and deliver an even more compelling experience for our viewers next season."
Glee, the No. 1 new series of this season among Adults 18-49 and key demos, returns for its sophomore season to anchor a new Tuesday comedy block. Premiering this fall is Raising Hope, the new family comedy from Emmy Award winner Gregory Thomas 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.
Also debuting this fall is Running Wilde, the new romantic comedy from Arrested Development's Jim Vallely, Mitchell 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.
Lonestar, a sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil, will premiere this fall. From Christopher 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.
Terra Nova, 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, 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.
Joining the Sunday ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup in midseason is Bob's Burgers, 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.
The new drama scheduled for a midseason debut is Ride-Along. 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.
Mixed Signals, scheduled for a spring premiere, is 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.
It was also announced that a very special Glee will air following SUPER BOWL XLV on Sunday, February 6. Glee, the most award-winning series of the year, will then make its spring premiere Wednesdays following American Idol.
Other FOX series returning in 2010-2011 include: American Dad! (Season 6), American Idol (Season 10) America's Most Wanted (Season 24), Bones (Season 6), The Cleveland Show (Season 2), Cops (Season 23), Family Guy (Season 8), Fringe (Season 3), The Good Guys (Season 1), Hell's Kitchen (Seasons 7 and 8), House (Season 7), Human Target (Season 2), Kitchen Nightmares (Season 3), Lie to Me (Season 3), The Simpsons (Season 22) and So You Think You Can Dance (Season 7). Specials returning to the FOX schedule include NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE and TEEN CHOICE 2010.
Following are the FOX 2010-2011 primetime schedule and synopses of the new series: