Fox isn't waiting until its upfront presentation next week to share its new series pickups. The network has gone ahead and unveiled its series orders earlier than usual, describing a new slate including four dramas and five comedies.
Fox only announced five new series in total last year, including two dramas, "The Following" and the doomed "The Mob Doctor."
The larger order comes as CBS ends Fox's eight-year-streak as the most-watched network among 18-to-49-year-olds and as "American Idol" continues its descent. Fox also seems to be after a buzzy show. Chase Carey, chief operating officer of at Fox parent News Corp., said during the company's earnings call yesterday that the network will take some creative risks this year.
To that end Fox is calling in J.J. Abrams for the cop show "Almost Human," set 35 years in a future, in which Los Angeles police officers are paired with androids.
"Gang Related" is a gritty procedural that follows a task force led by Terry O'Quinn from "Lost" as it takes on L.A. gangs.
The legal drama "Rake" is based on an Australian series of the same name and follows a criminal defense attorney struggling with his own self-destructive personal life.
And Fox will attempt a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic story "Sleepy Hollow."
On the comedy front, Fox picked up "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," stars "Saturday Night Live" alum Andy Samberg as a lax detective forced to get his act together when he gets new boss. The comedy is from Dan Goor and Michael Schur, writers/producers for NBC's "Parks and Recreation."
"Dads" -- from Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild -- centers on two successful men whose fathers move in.
"Us & Them," based on the BBC 3 series "Gavin and Stacey," stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as a young couple whose relationship is complicated by the screwed-up people around them.
And Fox is proceeding with "Enlisted," a military sitcom, and "Surviving Jack," based on author Justin Halpern's semi-autobiographical book, "I Suck at Girls."
Fox will pitch its upcoming schedule to ad buyers at its upfront presentation Monday afternoon at the Beacon Theater.