Fox's 2013-2014 Schedule: Robot Cops on Mondays and a New Comedy Block on Fridays

Fox may have had a down year last season, but the network knows how to bounce back. Its schedule is a solid combination of old vets helping out new shows and an interesting flow to releasing new projects. Fox has added a "late fall" launch window for some of its biggest attractions, making its schedule more of a year-round affair of premieres rather than the standard "fall" and "midseason" launches. Fox is also making good on its "event series" (cool guy speak for "miniseries") with M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines and a 12-episode return of 24. Fox will also add the Animation Domination High-Def block on Saturday nights, featuring short-form (12-minute) cartoons. All this is kinda cool, if you ask me. And with cable's total disregard for standard scheduling changing audience's expectations for show launches, the old network routine looks a bit archaic and Fox may be showing networks how it's done.

Let's run through Fox's week day-by-day (scroll down for an easy-to-read detail-free schedule):


MONDAY

Fox is looking to build on Mondays, where it made some ground last season with The Following. The network hasn't been relevant on Mondays since House was in its prime, but it looks like that has a good chance to change with Bones leading in the new series Sleepy Hollow at the start of the season. Fox appears to be pretty high on Sleepy Hollow and has already scheduled repeat airings of the genre procedural about a time-warped Ichabod Crane on Fridays. In "late fall" (whenever that is) Bones will pack its bags and move to Fridays to give way to the Fringe team of J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's Almost Human (pictured, android cops pair with human cops in the future) at 8pm, presumable with Sleepy Hollow continuing behind it. Come midseason, The Following and its shorter episode run (Kevin Bacon's contract stipulates seasons of no more than 15 episodes) follows Almost Human


TUESDAY

It's more comedy on Tuesdays as Fox tries its hand at a comedy block again. New Girl remains the anchor at 9pm, followed by The Mindy Project which looks to rebound from a disappointing first season. Kicking off the night are a pair of noobs: Seth MacFarlane's live-action comedy Dads, starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green as two dudes who let their dads move in with them (LOL), starts at 8pm, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (pictured), starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as cops and Fox's best-looking new comedy, sits at 8:30. Sounds like Fox is trying to make the 8pm hour for the men and the 9pm hour for the ladies. The transition between beer commercials to tampon ads should be jarring. (Note to self: track the commercials in that hour and write something about it.) Noticeably missing is Raising Hope, which has been moved to Fridays.


WEDNESDAY

Nothing much to discuss here. The X Factor in the fall and American Idol in midseason. Let's move on!


THURSDAY

It's results show Thursdays! The 8pm hour will be taken up by The X Factor and American Idol making and breaking nobodies. Glee returns for Season 5 in the fall, and Greg Kinnear's new drama Rake (pictured), about a cranky but brilliant (it's always "...but brilliant" with these TV shows) criminal defense lawyer, will get an American Idol boost in 2014.


FRIDAY

Things get a little wacky on Fridays, which appears to be Fox's experimental evening. At 8pm in the fall, Gordon Ramsay will make children cry on Junior Masterchef, which is exactly what it sounds like. That's followed by the previously mentioned Sleepy Hollow repeats. In "late fall" (again, not sure when that is) Friday completely changes over. Bones moves to 8pm, and the 9pm hour becomes a comedy block with Raising Hope at 9 and new comedy Enlisted (pictured), about three brothers at a Florida army base, at 9:30pm. Hey, at least Fox is already upfront about moving Bones to Fridays. Is it wrong to be unreasonably excited about this potentially new scheduling system? 


SUNDAY

If it ain't broke, no need to fix it. The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad air from 8pm to 10pm. It looks like The Cleveland Show is a goner, as expected. 



WHAT'S MISSING?

New drama Gang Related and new comedies Surviving Jack, Us & Them (pictured), and Murder Police are all waiting in the wings for midseason. And I'm sure there are about 15 Gordon Ramsay shows lurking in the shadows as well. M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines mystery miniseries (with a TWEEEST!) will air in 2014 as the first of Fox's planned "event series," the much-hyped return of 24 is actually happening with the 12-episode 24: Live Another Day (date TBD), and Fox's new short-form animation block Animation Domination High-Def is set to premiere Saturday nights in the fall. Oh, one final note: New Girl will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this year.     


FOX's 2013-2014 SCHEDULE (New shows in ALL CAPS)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM     Bones (fall) / ALMOST HUMAN (late fall)   
9:00-10:00 PM    SLEEPY HOLLOW (fall) / The Following (midseason)

TUESDAY
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

WEDNESDAY
8:00-10:00 PM  The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM  The X Factor Results (fall) / American Idol Results (midseason)
9:00-10:00 PM  Glee (fall) / RAKE (midseason)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM  JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (wt) (fall)
9:00-10:00 PM   SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (fall)
Late 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)

SATURDAY
7:00-10:30 PM   Fox Sports Saturday
11:00 PM-12:30 AM   ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF

SUNDAY
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


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almost human (robocop series wannabe?) I see they are killing Bones off in the last fall, granted if it was going on Mondays (football) it would get killed anyway otherwise not much again on FOX reality network they really should rename it (or call it we cant sign anyone to actually right good material so lets put people on TV call it reality TV( who do you know acts real when they know they are on TV) miss me my fringe

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so this "almost human" looks like a cross between Fringe, Judge Dredd, and Irobot
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I know in the beginning of Season 5 of Glee, there should be Nationals. Then, Brittany and Sugar are leaving early. Then, Tina, Artie, Blaine and Sam are leaving afterwards. I know the 12th episode is the 100th episode celebration. Finally, there is a midseason break afterwards.
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seems alright I guess, not that I watch most stuff 'live' on tv anymore though.. I'm sure Glee will come back in the spring.
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When do the season premieres of both Glee, New Girl and The Mindy Project begin?

I hope in New Girl, there will be a sixth character, which is a third female in a Jess and Cece type, to be added in Season 3 cast lineup!

I hope in The Mindy Project, there will be two characters to be added in Season 2 cast lineup, to make it a total of eight!

- If Beverly stays as permanent member, then this cranky old man doctor should keep Beverly from getting isolated.

- If Morgan keeps on going to be kept, then this young woman member should be of both Mindy and Betsy type.
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Overall this schedule looks very solid
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Jack is back Summer 2014
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I think that the flop will be Enlisted. Enlisted will then get replaced by Surviving Jack. Meanwhile, I think that Us & Them will end up somewhere on Tuesday in the spring, and really, it could be 8:00, 8:30, or 9:30.
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Considering I started watching 24 regularly when reran episode Fridays after canceling Pasadena, the Sleepy Hollow rerun struck me as the most interesting part of the schedule, but if Sleepy Hollow completely flops, does that mean Kitchen Disasters Mondays at 9:00 until The Following returns? And how is The Following season 2 "shorter"? I thought season 1 was only 15 episodes.
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The animation block looks like it's trying to be another Adult Swim and is slotted to compete with Saturday Night Live.
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Dads looks mediocre, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine looks hilarious! Can't wait for that one!
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I noticed in the picture for Enlisted the actor in the center is the same actor that plays Ryan Shea on ABC's Suburgatory. Has he left that show or was he cast in the pilot and will be replaced if the series is a success? Just wondering.
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I can't answer your question, but I watch Suburgatory. In the last episodes of the latest season, they kinda set up Ryan to leave Chatswin (he's going to college and said goodbye to Tessa already), so I can only assume that he has left Suburgatory to do a new show.
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That was my thinking but with tv one never knows.
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Fox seriously needs to add 10pm programming so that their scheduling isn't so chaotic and messed up. As sleazy and notorious Fox Network is, they have some of my favourite shows.
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24! I am counting down the seconds til Jack is back

marathoning begins now!
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What's the point of 24 if there aren't 24 hours?
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Who says it wont do well enough to get the back 12 episodes? (May isn't promising but hey! it's JACK!)
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Jack--my hero!!!
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Not sure what to say about FOX.

Being Human may be their biggest sleeper hit. Or should that be Sleepy Hollow? If done right, yes, but one or both could be next season's Terra Nova. It'll be interesting to see how they do.

I think Dads and Brooklyn 9-9 are gonna go at some point. Seth Green is not for everyone (imo) and the show may depend on how rude or crude it is too judging from Family Guy and Ted. If it is, expect a lot of people to to avoid it. The Brooklyn thing looks stupid. Then again, it may have those who like Breaking In like this, which I didn't, but still won't be enough. I could be surprised if it does succeed though.

Enlisted I don't know much about, but the fact it's has a military theme may work and that photo seems to show a likeable cast. This one's a toss-up.

So Kinnear is Mr. Magoo? A lawyer Magoo? Another toss-up. It might actually be good despite this being done many times, many ways before.

Expect this to be the last year of Raising Hope.
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24 being back is awesome, though I hope the 12 episode season can do better than the 2 hour movie.

Glee only for the fall huh. I suspect that will change since they typically will send it on a fall break for 2 or 3 months and then bring it back. That could very well be the length of RAKE.
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Well it was always said that if people listened to Jack they would have to start calling the show "12"
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so true!
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I like the Sleepy Hollow/The Following slot, but I'm really surprised that Glee is only half the year.
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I suppose this will be the death blow for Raising Hope. It was fun while it lasted.
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I hope The Cleveland Show is done for. It's time for that dumb show to finally get off the air like it should've done after its first season.
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Bones to Fridays. Really? I'm glad Almost Human got picked up and all, but to Fridays? Seriously?
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Dads might be the first FOX sitcom to fall victim this season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine may transfer to Friday Nights next fall. Raising Hope and Enlisted will both get axed by May 2014. I'm glad Cops moved to Spike TV network to reduce the hell appraisal parts.
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might watch Almost Human, but the only other shows i'll be watching on fox are Simpsons & NFL if the Eagles are on.
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I can't tell which I'm laughing at more, the idea that Fox things M. Night Shyamalan can draw an audience instead of pissing the bed, or a 12-episode return of 24 where I'm assuming the irony is lost on the executives.

ADHD trying to steal Adult Swim's thunder is the one move that might work, but Fox is not known for supporting small content well.

Monday is a wreck, Bones can't build an audience and Sleepy Hollow trying to be Elementary is just sad. And then to just toss that out come midseason proves how little faith they have in their Monday run.

Tuesday seems tonally inconsistent, 2 "guy" sitcoms followed by 2 "gal" sitcoms is a recipe for confusion, and then isn't there some awful warbling moron show that will interrupt this flow at some point? The guy sitcoms could work but I'm not expecting much.

Wow, Wednesday's a wash? That's not good. At least I know where the warbling moron shows went. Is Fox afraid of NBC's The Voice?

Thursday gets spanked again, but Greg Kinnear already entertained me just with that photo, so who knows.

Friday is a train wreck, that's cute.

Sunday is the same, wise. Even Cleveland Show knew it was on the outs by making jokes about it this season, that's what you get for committing 2 seasons before the audience has seen the first episode.

And why give New Girl the post-Superbowl slot? There's no need to build that audience up from an outside audience, it doesn't say anything about the network as a whole, and there's not that much crossover audience appeal. What a waste, they could have launched something new yet very "Fox" with that, a la Family Guy.
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24: They better be 2 hour long episodes!! I'm still giddy though;-)
Will it have the real time aspect that is its trademark? It HAS to so it HAS to have two hour episodes....please tv gods let it have 2 hour episodes
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From what I've read, yes and no. It will still have the ticking clock format, and be real-time for the most part, but it will also skip at certain places. They've said those skips will be at places where it makes sense story-wise. IMO, while I was a bit iffy about the new formatting when I first heard about it, I'm actually kind of liking the idea now, because it should (hopefully) mean that they'll have a tighter plot, with less filler.
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So the return of 24 is official now? YES!
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Yea!!!! totally FTW! I'm so happy---ok, now I have to calm down (but I can't) and lower my expectations (I need to be sedated to calm down about this)
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I want TOUCH!
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I want to be touched too. :(

What? I read that wrong?
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New Girl the only watchable thing on FOX
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Seems like a better batch of shows than usual this year. Looking forward to Almost Human thanks to jj abrams and karl urban
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Not gonna lie....very much looking forward to Sleepy Hollow.....I hope it's good!!
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Bye Cleveland. Or as Stewie put it. Bye Bye Chocolate People
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I'm pretty sure "late fall" for FOX is after the baseball coverage ends in late October/early November. Considering how their shows ratings drop after airing 3-4 episodes after their season premiere and take a month long break I think its a great idea.
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AniDom Hi-Def is actually debuting this summer, not in the fall.

The existence of "Dads" bugs me the most. For someone like Seth, this is really....bland and boring. Where are the talking teddy bears or alien visitors? Fox must feel the same as they only ordered six shows. It'll be replaced midseason guaranteed.
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These new schedules look exciting. I want to see how they turn out. :)
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Welcome back Jack Bauer! Super news! Amazing!

DAMN IT CHLOE!
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- Jack Bauer wants to sell his car to Chloe -

Chloe: "But Jack, I have a car. Plus, this one was blown up with a bomb --"
Jack: "DAMN IT, CHLOE!"
Chloe: "Okay. I'll take it."
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