Fox is looking beyond the traditional broadcast schedule, planning to roll out originals around the year and break out of the confines of the typical 22-episode season.
"We are breaking down the notion of a fall season," said Kevin Reilly, chairman-entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, during a call with press ahead of the network's upfront presentation Monday afternoon. Fox will stagger premieres throughout the year, he said, attempting to break the perception that premieres can only come in September and January and that summer is a dead zone for scripted TV.
To that end, a 12-episode run of "24," starring Keifer Sutherland, will likely premiere next May and run through the summer. Fox is also introducing a second limited series, "Wayward Pines," a thriller from M. Night Shymalan that will also debut next year.
"Glee," renewed for its fifth and sixth seasons, will start in the fall but take a midseason break, return in the spring and run through the summer.
The moves come as Fox looks to regain its dominance in the 18-to-49 demographic, giving up its eight-year winning streak as the most-watched network among that audience to CBS.
The network is beefing up its Tuesday night comedy block with two new comedies: "Dads," from Seth MacFarlane and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," starring "Saturday Night Live" alum Andy Samberg. They will join "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project." Comedies will also live on Friday nights, with "Raising Hope" and the new "Enlisted," about three brothers getting to know each other again on an army base in Florida, starting in late fall.
Fox will fill the Thursday night, post-"X-Factor" slot vacated by "Glee" during that show's midseason break with "Rake," a new series about a criminal defense attorney with a screwed-up personal life. "Rake" will later be paired with "American Idol" results episodes.
"Bones" will start out the season in the Monday, 8 p.m. time slot, before being bumped to Friday nights in late fall to make room for J.J. Abrams' new robot-cop show, "Almost Human," which will be paired with the new "Sleepy Hollow" in the first half of the season and then the second season of "The Following" in midseason.
Wednesday nights will start with "The X-Factor," which is in the process of finding two new judges to replace Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. In mid-season, "American Idol" will return. Veteran judge Randy Jackson has already announced he will not return for the next season; Mr. Reilly confirmed that the format will get a revamp, including the likely return to three judges from four.
The network plans to run an episode of "New Girl" and a new comedy following its airing of the next Super Bowl.
"Gang Related," "Surviving Jack," "Us & Them" and "Murder Police" are slated for midseason debuts. MONDAY 8:00-9:00 PM
BONES (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (new; late fall)
9:00-10:00 PMbr /> SLEEPY HOLLOW (new; fall) / THE FOLLOWING (midseason)
8:00-8:30 PM DADS (new)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR Results (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
:00-10:00 PM GLEE (fall) / RAKE (new; midseason)
8:00-9:00 PM JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (new; fall)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (late fall)
9:00-9:30 PM RAISING HOPE (late fall)
9:30-10:00 PM ENLISTED (new; late fall)
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
11:00 PM-12:30 AM ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF
7:00-7:30 PM NFL Game (fall)
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT (fall)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM BOB'S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD