You're probably just getting used to your summer sunburn, but Fox is already thinking ahead to the fall. The network has followed NBC, CBS, and The CW in announcing its autumn premiere dates, kicking things off in early September with a reality fueled head start, courtesy of new series Utopia. But the meat of the network's premieres will wait for the traditional premiere week in late September.
Utopia, which combines elements of Survivor with Big Brother as contestants create a new society in the wilderness, launches with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, September 7. After that it will move to two nights a week, occupying an hour on both Tuesdays and Fridays. Hell's Kitchen also gets a jump on the rest of Fox's schedule, starting Wednesday, September 10.
The network's lady-centric comedies return Tuesday, September 16 with the season premieres of New Girl and The Mindy Project. The following day sees the launch of new series The Red Band Society, about kids who bond while they're in the hospital. A little bird named Kaitlin told me that the pilot is really good and the kids are not annoying, so it's got that going for it.
But you're hear to find out when Gotham, the Batman prequel without Batman, will debut. Mark your bat calendars with a bat marker for Monday, September 22 at 9pm, where it will share an evening with the Season 2 premiere of Sleepy Hollow. Bones' tenth season debuts later that week, on Thursday, September 25.
On Sunday, September 28, Animation Domination Sundays return with less animation. The Simpsons gets things started at 8pm followed by the very undrawn Brooklyn Nine-Nine at 8:30pm (I'm so curious to see how the show will do on Sundays when it's sandwiched between cartoons) and the special Family Guy / Simpsons hour-long crossover episode at 9pm.
Gracepoint, Fox's adaptation-slash-carbon-copy of the U.K.'s Broadchurch, starts its 10-episode run on Thursday, October 2 at 9pm after Bones. Fox's Sundays revert to their (new) normal shape on October 5, with Bob's Burgers and live-action multi-cam comedy Mulaney joining the block. Straggling along to bring up the rear will be MasterChef Junior, which premieres Friday, November 7.
Here's how all of that looks in easy-to-read list format (new shows are in ALL CAPS):
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
8:00-10:00pm UTOPIA (Series premiere, Part 1)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8:00-9:00pm UTOPIA (Series premiere, Part 2 / time period premiere)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
8:00-10:00pm Hell's Kitchen (Season 13 premiere)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
8:00-9:00pm UTOPIA (Series premiere, Part 3 / time period premiere)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:00-9:00pm UTOPIA (All-new)
9:00-9:30pm New Girl (Season premiere)
9:30-10:00pm The Mindy Project (Season premiere)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
8:00-9:00pm Hell's Kitchen (All-new / time period premiere)
9:00-10:00pm RED BAND SOCIETY (Series premiere)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
8:00-9:00pm GOTHAM (Series premiere)
9:00-10:00pm Sleepy Hollow (Season premiere)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
8:00-9:00pm Bones (Season premiere)
9:00-10:00pm Sleepy Hollow (Encore of season premiere)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
8:00-8:30pm The Simpsons (Season premiere)
8:30-9:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season premiere)
9:00-10:00pm Family Guy (One-hour “The Simpsons Guy” season premiere crossover event)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
8:00-9:00pm Bones (All-new)
9:00-10:00pm GRACEPOINT (10-part mystery event series premiere)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
7:00-7:30pm The Simpsons (Encore)
7:30-8:00pm Bob's Burgers (Season premiere)
8:00-8:30pm The Simpsons (All-new)
8:30-9:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine (All-new)
9:00-9:30pm Family Guy (All-new)
9:30-10:00pm MULANEY (Series Premiere)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
8:00-9:00pm MasterChef Junior (Season premiere)
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