The time has come, Reelers!
Luckily, as quickly as these summer shows finish up, the networks are already rolling out some of their Fall Premieres, as early as next week! Therefore, we decided it was high time for SideReel to talk about the various new series that the networks are offering up this Fall. What show will be the next big thing? What will be the first new series that is axed?
Each day this week, we'll check out one network's new crop of shows, starting with Fox:
Historically, FOX Fall has pretty much just been a waiting game for Spring. While they do launch a few new series each year (including mid-sized hit Fringe last year), everyone knows that FOX's year really starts in January with the American Idol premiere.
However, it looks like this Fall FOX is making a more concerted effort to be a ratings-player before American Idol makes its monstrous yearly premiere come January. So, perhaps the biggest FOX change this Fall is not a new series, but that the network is releasing a Fall Cycle of Summer Hit So You Think You Can Dance, which thus consumes a considerable chunk of the weekly lineup (2 hours Tuesday, 1 hour Wednesday). Beyond this, there's only room for 3 new series, which we'll take a look at now:
Glee - We already know that we love Glee. This is because Fox showed a preview/pilot/sneak peak (their terminology is not always consistent, but it was the first episode of the series) in May following American Idol. From Ryan Murphy (the genius behind Nip/Tuck), this show is unlike any other show on TV. It's part comedy, part drama, part musical; we described it back in May as "having tinges of Fame, Election and Freaks & Geeks". The question therefore isn't whether or not Glee is good, but whether or not people will watch. When Glee debuted back in May (with the best possible lead-in on television...the American Idol finale), it premiered to an acceptable but not stellar 10 million viewers. Since the show's May debut, FOX has been promoting Glee ad nauseam. Let's hope that it has worked, because this is one that we desperately want to stick around!
Brothers - This new series stars Michael Strahan (former NFL player) as - get this - a former NFL player - who is forced to return home and live with his family...and help care for his paralyzed brother. Though SideReel has not screened the pilot, everything we have read suggests that this one is a giant stinker. Acting: Bad. Jokes: Offensive (and not funny). Basically, don't bother watching; this one is a likely candidate for Fall's first cancellation, as it never should have gotten to air.
The Cleveland Show - The Cleveland show has a lot going for it, as its from Seth MacFarlane and is a spinoff of none other than one of the most beloved cartoons to air on TV ever, Family Guy. FOX also has enough confidence in the show that they've already ordered a second season of it! But...fans of Family Guy have questioned whether the character of Cleveland was the right one to give the "spin-off" to in the first place. Is he interesting enough to sustain an entire show? You guys will have to decide...
Saved for Midseason
Which new Fox shows will you be checking out?