Video Preview: Fox's New Shows for 2011-2012

Trailer time is always one of the best parts of the television year because it provides us with a first glimpse of the shows we'll be watching (or avoiding) in the fall. Fox doesn't have quite as many new shows to put into trailer form as NBC does, but it still has seven—three dramas and four comedies. Note: No trailers have been released for The X Factor or midseason entry Touch.


THE DRAMAS


Terra Nova

What it's about: In the near future, the world becomes an uninhabitable disaster. To give mankind a second shot at life, some humans are sent back in time to rebuild society. But something else is already there: dinosaurs!

Our take: This show is from Steven Spielberg, which is either a good thing or a bad thing. It's going to have to be a huge hit to justify its budget, but as long as it has big guns, cool vehicles, and dinosaurs, we'll tune in.

Alcatraz

What it's about: From producer J.J. Abrams, this mystery follows a detective and an expert on Alcatraz as they try to figure out why inmates and prison guards who disappeared decades ago have suddenly resurfaced in the present.

Our take: We already have our theories: Maybe they were abducted by aliens from a parallel universe and placed on an island in Purgatory! In other words: We're intrigued and ready for the ride.

The Finder

What it's about: This Bones spin-off centers on a man who has the ability to find just about anything or anyone.

Our take: We're not going to complain about more Bones.

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THE COMEDIES


New Girl

What it's about: A young woman (Zooey Deschanel) who's just gone through a bad breakup moves in with three guys.

Our take: Zooey is adorable and all, but so far all we see is a woman moping around and three guys who put up with her.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter

What it's about: After being picked on throughout their school lives for being nerds, two moms (Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran) vow to raise their daughters so they'll be popular. But in an ugly twist of fate, the two daughters end up behaving just like the girls that picked on the moms.

Our take: Katie Finneran's the real surprise here, and the twist makes this series stand out—albeit just a teeny bit—from a disappointing crop of comedies.

Allen Gregory

What it's about: Jonah Hill created and voiced this new animated entry into Fox's stable of cartoons. Allen Gregory is a boy genius who undergoes his greatest challenge yet: attending elementary school with normal kids.

Our take: One joke over and over. Unwatchable.

Napoleon Dynamite

What it's about: Based on the indie movie sensation, this cartoon follows the awkward Napoleon Dynamite and his unusual group of friends.

Our take: I have to be honest: I didn't really like the movie. But I think even fans of the movie will wonder why Fox is making a cartoon out of it.

Based on these trailers, which new Fox shows look good to you so far?

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012


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Terra nova cancelled, and Alcatraz pretty much cancelled, just like every other good show by fox that doesnt make a billion dollars in a year. Not putting any time into Fox again, is full of disappointments! Booooooooooooo
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Now that 5 episodes of terra nova has been watched. It is not up to the mark at all; as it was expected. Just atmosphere like "LOST" and missions like "Star Gate" and dinosaurs. i am waiting for "Alcatraz". That sounds good to wait for such show.
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Great more shows that will be cancelled....yeah!
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3 of the comedies are private now, and i cant see them on here
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Terra Nova and Alcatraz seems promising
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As some of the other writers noted here, it is pointless to get involved in Fox Shows as they cancel anything good, ie The Chicago Code. If I was to watch it would be Terra Nova and The Finder. But I have decided, as others have, not to invest my time into shows on Fox that will likely be cancelled.
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Alcatraz and New Girl
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i wont be watching any of these shows until there is like 4 seasons, since fox is a dumb piece of **** that cancels everything
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I'll watch ANY FOX show .........as soon as the 3rd season contracts are signed!!
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Terra Nova might be good for a made for tv movie...I just dont see it as serial material. Alcatraz is the only one am interested in.
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Interesting...All FOX shows. Think someone is getting a kickback from this advertising?
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It is Fox's lineup ROFL!
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terra nova, new girl
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I love Zooey so I'll probably tune in for that.
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In the first 15 sec of the Alcatraz preview they mention THE ISLAND. I'm so not watching it.
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Alcatraz has my full attention and I'll watch Terra Nova. Hopefully Fox can keep these shows around.
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Only the dramas look any good here. Alcatraz & Terra Novaaaa. Hopefully they actually succeed.
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New Girl....weird!
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Now that I've seen what all the network channels have to offer, gotta say Fox is the clear-cut winner with Alcatraz and Terra Nova. Super Serial.
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Terra Nova looks so expensive to make that they are going to need crazy ratings to stay afloat. I'll be checking it out. I love your take on Alcatraz. After Lost and Star Trek, I have to go into anything with Abrams name attached to it with caution. I'll be giving it a whirl, though. Allen Gregory could be really terrible, but something about it makes me want to check it out. Not sure what.
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Terra Nova!
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Napoleon looks like a blonde butthead
-nothing looks too great to really follow right now...
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Terra Nova, The Finder & I Hate My Teenage Daughter
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And i thought FOX couldn't sink any lower in the animated sitcom field when they brought out Cleveland Show & Bob's Burgers. Allen Gregory is the ABSOLUTE WORST show they ever put out! They should have never cancelled King Of The Hill.

As for Napoleon Dynamite, it belongs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup, not on FOX primetime.
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Terra Nova, and maybe Allen Gregory, and New Girl... if i find out their time slots
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Fox isn't the only channel that cancels a lot NBC and ABC both cancelled a lot also. ABC cancelled 7 to pick up 10 and I have not ideal why just so they can cancel them. All channels are the same they cancel everything anymore without giving anything a chance to get it up and running. It is a huge diappointment. I get afraid to pick up anything new anymore I have lost Off the Map, Chase, One Life to Live, All my Children, Hellcats...the list goes on.
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Wow I'm slightly impressed. I might watch some of those. But I'm sure whatever I watch will get cancelled!!!
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Everything from J.J. Abrams is sure thing! Can't wait for Alcatraz!!!! Terra Nova looks interesting too!
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Terre Nova Looks Awesome And Alcatraz Looks Interesting and even The Finder :O)
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Terra Nova - seems interesting if they keep the human aspect in, not go overboard with the drama and make believable dinos. The time travel aspect does present a paradox and without a paradox machine... However, it can be explained if the Earth they go to is actually a parallel universe.
Alcatraz - time travel again? It's kind of funny that Doctor Who launched in 1963. Anyway, love a good mystery.
The Finder - it was obvious in Bones that it was a spin-off line-up. I liked the characters, so I'll check it out.
New Girl - seems funny. I'll check it out if it gets lame.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter - they still do the laugh thing? Anyway, not really interesting.
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Terra Nova - If I wanted to watch Jurassic Park, I'd watch Jurassic Park. This show is going to have to be pretty awesome to get any viewers.



Alcatraz looks fairly interesting.



The Finder looks like a standard procedural with a quirky lead (see Lie to Me, The Mentalist). 4 seasons.



Zooey Deschanel is freaking adorable, but she seems slightly annoying in that show.



The one about the moms and teens was complete garbage



Johna Hill show looked pretty bad.



Napolean Dynamite was the second worse movie I've ever seen (ughm Flight Plan *facepalm*), and the fact that it is being remade after about 5 years makes me want to cry.
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terra nova and alcatraz look amazing!!!
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I'm a sucker for the Deschanel sisters, so I'll watch new girl, also I like the chapter with the Finder on Bones so that too, and maybe, just maybe Alcatraz
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I'll definitely check out Terra Nova, Alcatraz, The Finder and New Girl.
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Ive been waiting for Terra Nova..Alcatraz looks interesting...i did like the finder episode on Bones, so ill give The Finder a shot..oh man i was hoping Zooey Deschanel new comedy to be better, oh well..I Hate My Teenage Daughter had some funny parts so ill check it out..
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I like alcatraz and terra nova

I'll be waiting for them
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Damon Wayans Jr is on Happy Endings, which got picked up for a second season, so they'll have to recast him on New Girl. Adam Pally is also on it and he's on a NBC's Best Friends Forever so that'll have to be recast too. I'm only interested in New Girl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and Terra Nova. I hated the Napoleon Dynamite movie so this cartoon won't be any different
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I'm sick of Jonah Hill (and his voice!) and a Napoleon Dynamite cartoon? Blechhhhh.
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Terra Nova looks bad-ass (dinosaurs!!), and Alcatraz looks like Lost and Fringe had a baby! I'm a sucker for these kinds of shows, so count me in.
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I might check out Tera Nova and New Girl because Zooey is so cute
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I thought I would like Terra Nova but from the trailer, it looks like one of the sci fi shows that would be focus more about the drama of the family and less about the science, which isn't my kind of show. So does Alcatraz but after watching the trailer, I realize that it does not interest me at all. I guess the only new show from Fox I will be giving a chance is the Finder. I'm not a fan of Fox sitcoms but Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel on the same network?! Now that is interesting, to me at least. I could care less about the new animated shows since the only cartoons I watch nowadays are the Simpsons and Futurama, with the occasion Scooby Doo.
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hmm Alcatraz and Terra Nova look interesting so I'll probably tune in. It seems to me like those ideas would of been better as movies though..
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I didn't like the the Finder-episode from Bones, not gonna watch that. I'm very excited about Terra Nova and Alcatraz, but maybe I should get a life.
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terra nova and alcatraz look like they will be good. I think that new girl has potential but i'm not sure how many episodes they are gonna get out of the same story line.
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I'm definitely interested in Finder, because I love Bones. Alcatraz seems kind of interesting. I might also watch Allen Gregory once just to see how it is. I have a soft spot for shows like that.
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the dramas looks terra nova and alcatraz. hope they give them a chance not just one season :P
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These shows are CRAP except for the FINDER (watch that) I like most SPIN-OFF i don;t want it to end up like SMALLVILLE's Aquaman and the new Wonder Woman.
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how can DW Jr. be in the new girl and happy endings?
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Alcatraz looks really good! Way better than what I thought when I first read about it!!!! Well, it J.J. so I shouldn't be surprised!!!! And Terra Nova looks cool! My only fear is that this is Fox! They axe series very easily!!!
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New Girl is the only comedy that looks entertaining. The Dramas are all interesting though except for The Finder but I'll probably give that a try any way.
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TERRA NOVA: Jurassic Park meets Avatar meets Absolon, "thank goodness" you canceled HUMAN TARGET and LIE TO ME for that you *bleep* *bleep*!

ALCATRAZ: This one on the other hand looks really good, and how could you go wrong with Hurley and Sam Neill? Well, you can't! And the female lead is absolutely gorgeous.

THE FINDER: I actually liked that BONES episode, but a whole show, I don't know yet.

NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanal is just hilarious, but here she takes it to a whole new level, I'm watching this solely because of her.

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER: WTF??? Are you kidding me? This is the mother of all epic fails, unbelievable that people really seem to have interested in that kind of crap.
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