Fox needs a change due to staples like American Idol, and the once-hit Glee crashing and burning to the point where it won't be long until they're off the air forever (Glee has one final season left. AI isn't far behind). The network definitely knows this which is why they have claimed they're no longer participating in the normal "pilot season" and instead, ordering shows straight to series. The network is also going with live-action comedies on Sundays instead of having an all-animation lineup. What I'm saying is, Fox really needs a hit really soon in order to keep up.
- American Idol
- Bob's Burgers
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Family Guy
- The Following
- MasterChef Junior
- The Mindy Project
- New Girl
- The Simpsons
- Sleepy Hollow
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Almost Human
- Raising Hope
- Surviving Jack
- Us & Them
- The X Factor
I was somewhat surprised to see Almost Human cancelled because it did pretty well for a network that has come to keeping low-rated shows on the air (Glee, Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). And here's why we won't be seeing a second season of Almost Human: Fox doesn't own the show. And when you're not seeing profits from a show, there's little reason to keep it on the air unless it's a bonafide hit. Surviving Jack and Enlisted were given basically no chance, and we didn't even see Us & Them on the air. Over at Fox, it's pretty clear that mid-season shows will not be sticking around. With all this said, overall I'm most excited about Fox's new shows over any other network.
I'm not sure how this show is going to work, but I'm intrigued. It's highly anticipated, and I'm highly pessimistic. Fox has it paired nicely on Monday night's leading in to Sleepy Hollow, making it a supernatural night for the network. However, it'll be competing with The Big Bang Theory and both of these shows are aimed toward the same demo. Luckily, Gotham won't have to compete for long when 2 Broke Girls replaces TBBT in October, giving it less of a ratings challenge. As it stands, the only thing that will get in the way of this show being is a hit is whether or not it's good.
Event series are unavoidable these days so it was only a matter of time until Fox took a shot at the new TV trend. Gracepoint is basically an exact remake of Britain's Broadchurch. Both shows even feature David Tennant as the lead. Unfortunately, Gracepoint stars an american-accented Tennant. If this show looks good to you then just go watch the original because it's very good. You can still watch Gracepoint because Anna Gunn, in my book, is not to be missed. On the schedule, Gracepoint will compete against Scandal and Football, and if people see this trailer and decide to rewatch True Detective instead, the ratings for this could be less-than-stellar. Fortunately, it's only ten episodes long so it isn't a huge commitment for Fox.
I love John Mulaney and I love sitcoms and standup. This show is right up my alley, though it definitely needs some work. I trust that Mulaney, Lorne and the writers will tweak the show a few episodes in once they find their own voice. I was at the taping of the pilot and it was pretty funny. There was a lot that worked and some things that didn't work but I'll tell you all you need to know: Martin Short is the funniest human being on the planet. Nasim Pedrad absolutely kills it. And while it's definitely the go-to criticism, the show is not trying to be too much like Seinfeld so everyone can relax.
Is this the next big reality show? If it can compete against The Voice, maybe. Who knows, I really don't.
Midseason: Backstorm, Empire, Hieroglyph, The Last Man on Earth, Wayward Pines. I would be so much more excited for these midseason shows if Fox actually gave its midseason shows a chance.
I'm going to watch Gotham and see how long it can hold my attention, and I really hope it does. And I'm looking forward to Mulaney, as well as The Last Man on Earth. Are you going to watch any of these shows? Do you have any faith in them? Let us know.