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Fox’s Fall 2015 Primetime Schedule


Fox has unveiled its schedule for the 2015-2016 television season. Check it out below, along with programming notes, cancellations and new series episode descriptions.

Fox Fall Schedule:

8pm — Gotham
9pm — Minority Report

8pm – Grandfathered
8:30pm — The Grinder
9pm — Scream Queens

8pm — Rosewood
9pm — Empire

8pm — Bones
9pm — Sleepy Hollow

8pm — Masterchef Junior
9pm — World’s Funniest

Fox Sports Saturday

7pm — NFL
7:30pm — Bob’s Burgers
8pm — The Simpsons
8:30pm — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9pm — Family Guy
9:30 — Last Man on Earth


Empire’s episode count has been upped to 18 (it aired 12 episodes in season one). The second season will premiere this fall and will be split up into two parts.

— The six-episode X-Files revival will premiere on Sunday, January 24 and then premiere in its usual Monday at 8pm timeslot the following night.

— The final season of American Idol will premiere in January 2016.

New Girl is also being held until January. It will still have a complete season of 22 episodes. It will air Tuesdays at 9pm when Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens wraps.

24 could return. No decision has been made yet. 24: Live Another Day (last spring/summer’s miniseries event did well).

— Fox cancelled The Mindy Project last week, but the series could end up on Hulu for a fourth and fifth season.

Midseason: The X-Files, New Girl, Lucifer, Frankenstein Code, Guide to Surviving Life, Bordertown, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, So You Think You Can Dance, Grease: Live.

Cancelled/Not Returning: Backstroke, The Following, Gang Related, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project (could go elsewhere), Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners.

New Series Descriptions from Fox:

A comedy about coming of age – at any age – GRANDFATHERED stars John Stamos (“Full House,” “ER”) as the ultimate bachelor whose life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather.

THE GRINDER, starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”), follows a famous TV lawyer (Lowe) who, after his hit series, “The Grinder,” is canceled, moves back home and joins his brother (Savage) at their family’s real-life law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice and no experience in an actual courtroom.

scream-queensScream Queens
Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (GLEE, “American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (GLEE, “American Horror Story”) and Ian Brennan (GLEE) meld comedy, mystery and horror in SCREAM QUEENS. All hell is about to break loose for the Kappa House sisters of Wallace University when a murder takes place, exactly 20 years after a mysterious death originally rocked their college campus. The super-charged anthology series is a modern take on the classic whodunit with a killer cast, including Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”), Lea Michele (GLEE), Oliver Hudson (“Nashville,” “Rules of Engagement”), Keke Palmer (“Akeela and the Bee,” “Masters of Sex”) and guest stars Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”), among others. With at least one casualty each week until the mystery is solved, anyone could be the next victim – or the murderer.

minority-reportMinority Report
Based on Steven Spielberg’s international blockbuster film and the first of his films to be adapted for television, MINORITY REPORT follows the partnership between a man (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) haunted by the future and a cop (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”) haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes before they happen.

ROSEWOOD stars Morris Chestnut (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Best Man” franchise) as DR. BEAUMONT ROSEWOOD, JR., a brilliant private pathologist who uses wildly sophisticated technology and his drive to live life to the fullest to help a tough-as-nails detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz, “The After”) and the Miami PD uncover clues no one else can see.

the-x-filesThe X-Files (midseason)
The next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

luciferLucifer (midseason)
Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER stars Tom Ellis (“Merlin”) as the charming, charismatic and handsome-as-hell original fallen angel, who, bored and unhappy in Hell, takes refuge in Los Angeles, where he uses his gift of persuasion to punish bad guys. But the longer he’s away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape.

frankenstein-codeThe Frankenstein Code (midseason)
In THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE, from executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”), a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops, is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists, as a 35-year-old (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities.

cooper-barrettThe Guide to Surviving Life (midseason)
The new young ensemble comedy about a group of friends living together for the first time. Each episode is told from the perspective of Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”), a wickedly charming and deeply flawed recent college grad whose life is filled with terrible choices, excellent mistakes and fantastic misadventures.

Bordertown (midseason)
A new animated comedy from FAMILY GUY’s Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane, BORDERTOWN is a satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Grease: Live (midseason event)
GREASE: LIVE, a three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease,” starring superstar singers, dancers and actresses Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) and Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway’s “Gigi,” “Spring Breakers”), will air LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 on FOX. With Hough as the angelic “Sandy” – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Hudgens as iconic bad girl “Rizzo,” this first-ever live television production of “Grease” will re-imagine the hit musical for an entirely new generation.


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