Fox opens up fall schedule

By Tim Surette

May 18, 2007

Fox is continuing with its bread and butter.

The network will rely heavily on reality shows for the first half of the fall season, with primetime programming on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday occurring sans scripts.

The new project from the producers of American Idol, The Search for the Next Great American Band, and another music-themed reality series, Nashville, will air Friday nights. As previously announced, Next Great American Band takes the Idol formula and applies it to bands, and Nashville follows the music industry in Tennessee.

Thursday sees Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? and Kitchen Nightmares, following temperamental chef Gordon Ramsay on the road as he gets restaurants up to snuff. Saturday sees its usual double dose of real justice with Cops and America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back.

As for the network's new dramas, K-Ville, about a pair of cops working the beat in a post-Katrina New Orleans, airs Monday after Prison Break. Come January, the show will open for 24.

New Amsterdam has the daunting task of filling the slot left by ratings magnet American Idol on Tuesdays. The show follows New York homicide detective John Amsterdam, a man who has been granted immortality.

Canterbury's Law, the new legal drama starring Julianna Margulies, will air Thursday at 9 p.m. in January. The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a television spin-off of the Terminator movies, debuts in January on Sunday at 9 p.m.

The lone comedy getting liftoff this fall is the network's prize possession Back to You, which will air on Tuesday nights. The show stars television stalwart Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as coanchors at a local news station.

Laughers debuting in January include The Return of Jezebel James, starring Parker Posey as a woman who asks her estranged sister to carry a child for her, and The Rules for Starting Over, a show about 30-year-olds getting back into the dating scene.

Below is the 2007-2008 fall schedule for Fox. (New shows in bold.)

Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Prison Break
9:00-10:00 p.m. K-Ville

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. New Amsterdam
9:00-10:00 p.m. House

Wednesday
8:00-8:30 p.m. Back to You
8:30-9:00 p.m. 'Til Death
9:00-10:00 p.m. Bones

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9:00-10:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

Friday
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Search For the Next Great American Band (Working Title)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Nashville (Working Title)

Saturday
8:00-8:30 p.m. Cops
8:30-9:00 p.m. Cops
9:00-10:00 p.m. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back
11:00 p.m.-midnight MadTV
Midnight-12:30 a.m. Talk Show With Spike Feresten

Sunday
7:00-8:00 p.m. The OT (NFL Post-Game)
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. King of the Hill
9:00-9:30 p.m. Family Guy
9:30-10:00 p.m. American Dad

Fox schedule beginning January 2008

Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. K-Ville (January)/Prison Break (Spring)
9:00-10:00 p.m. 24

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. American Idol
9:00-10:00 p.m. House

Wednesday (January)
8:00-8:30 p.m. Back to You
8:30-9:00 p.m. 'Til Death
9:00-10:00 p.m. American Idol

Wednesday (Spring)
8:00-8:30 p.m. Back to You
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Return of Jezebel James (Working Title)
9:00-9:30 p.m. American Idol Results Show
9:30-10:00 p.m. 'Til Death

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9:00-10:00 p.m. Canterbury's Law

Friday (Spring)
8:00-9:00 p.m. Bones
9:00-10:00 p.m. New Amsterdam

Saturday
8:00-8:30 p.m. Cops
8:30-9:00 p.m. Cops
9:00-10:00 p.m. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back
11:00 p.m.-midnight MadTV
Midnight-12:30 a.m. Talkshow With Spike Feresten

Sunday (Spring)
7:00-7:30 p.m. King of the Hill
7:30-8:00 p.m. American Dad
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:00-10:00 p.m. The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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  • DCohen726 Aug 08, 2007

    Honestly, I think come January it should be, on mondays, Sarah Conner Chronicles at 8 then 24 at 9. That would be Win freakin Win

  • Ibixat Aug 05, 2007

    House and Bones will definately get my DVR time, I wonder if New Amsterdamn will be worth it given the change to midseason

  • shaggylakky Jul 21, 2007

    i like to see k-ville look nice The Search For the Next Great American Band look nice too

  • metroplex2k7 Jul 08, 2007

    Hooray for Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares! Love the UK series. Some US restaurants should be fairly amusing.

  • lunabrava Jul 02, 2007

    I'm definitely in for Prison Break and House.Can't wait!

  • SimonAitken Jun 14, 2007

    cant wiat untill new 24! the best thing thy have on there list lol

  • motormuil2 Jun 11, 2007

    lol, you're right. We've seen enough of those shows

  • tviq May 27, 2007

    That's a shame. We need more comedy and much less Idol Search.

  • chikanoman May 25, 2007

    where can i go 2 find out when all the returning shows start

  • pgsuperfan May 22, 2007

    Cannot wait for HOUSE !!!!!!!!!!

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