FOX Releases Fall Trailers
Compared to other networks, Fox had a relatively bloodless finales season, but that’s mainly because Fox didn’t have a lot of shows on the schedule to cut. Officially, there were only three cancellations in the 2012-13 season (Touch, Ben and Kate, and The Mob Doctor). But they seem to be learning from this past season, where a turkey like The Mob Doctor stayed on the air a lot longer than it should have because there were no other shows available to take its place.
As a result, Fox announced that twelve new shows will join its slate for Fall and Midseason placement. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?
J.J. Abrams, who seems to have his hands in everything science fiction of late, is behind Almost Human, a futuristic cop drama in which some of the cops are synthetic (although, they’d prefer you not use that term). It looks to be action-packed, but it also looks like it could be a huge downer…
While Brooklyn Nine-Nine is also about cops, it stars Andy Samberg, so you know it’s a serious and highbrow drama.
Just kidding! It’s a comedy in which Samberg plays a smart but very immature detective who butts heads with his stiff boss, played by Andre Braugher. It’s from the writing/producing team behind Parks and Recreation, so it might actually be good!
Another comedy in the line-up is Us & Them, which is a remake of the UK series Gavin & Stacey, a romantic comedy about a couple who meet face-to-face after an extended phone and email relationship, and fall instantly in love, much to the chagrin of their respective (and wacky) families and friends. Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel stars alongside Jason Ritter (which means the odds of him returning to Parenthood to marry Rory Gilmore’s mom, Lorelei, are very slim).
And really, Us & Them is the only chick-centric new addition to the schedule. The rest of the shows are bros bros bros. Case in point: Enlisted, which is a comedy about brothers enlisted in a Florida Army base. George Stults, Chris Lowell, and Parker Young star. (As a result Parker, a regular on Suburgatory, probably won’t be back much next season).
Another bro comedy comes from the king of bro comedies, Seth MacFarlane. Dads is his first live-action show for Fox, and it’s the classic sitcom format, complete with laugh track and clueless dads, only this time the dads are moving in with the kids.
Supernatural or fairytale-influenced dramas are hits on NBC and ABC, so of course Fox had to follow suit. Sleepy Hollow is very, very loosely based on the old story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless horseman, with a bit of Rip Van Winkle thrown in. Crane falls asleep during the Civil War, and awakens in 21st century New England, where he must continue to fight his cranial-challenged foe.
Greg Kinnear returns to television in Rake, this time playing an exceedingly difficult to love character, but being that the show is from the creators of Rescue Me, the king of hard-to-love-characters, this comes as not surprise. Basically he’s a lawyer who is also a compulsive gambler and womanizer, with bad teeth.
Fox, a network that debuted in the 90’s, goes back to that era in Surviving Jack, which I guess is based on the premise that the 90’s were hilarious. (Note: they were not hilarious). Christopher Meloni is the bro in this one, a suburban father to a teenage boy.
And finally, we have more cops, this time Los Angeles cops fighting gangs in the appropriately named Gang Related. Southland is no more, so this may be just the thing to fill the LA-cops void. Or, it could just prove to be a far inferior version…