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The Resident and Last Man Standing are still standing at Fox!
May 19th, 2020 under Fox, Tim Allen. [ Comments: none ]


Even though Fox announced their 2020-2021 season last week, they were not done scheduling their lineup that was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. What do they need to fix that problem? They need residents and an outdoorsman to help them get through it.

That’s right, they picked up The Resident for a fourth season, and Last Man Standing for a third with the network. The Tim Allen sitcom is the little show that can. LMS did six seasons on ABC, took a year off, and reemerged on Fox.

It will be interesting to see how LMS will resume production of their show when they are finally allowed to film again. It is one of the few shows that tapes in front of a live audience. Will they be able to do that again when they are given the go-ahead? Way too early to tell.

When it comes to The Resident, it will probably be one of the first shows back at work. They film out of Atlanta, Georgia, and that state is much more lax with the lockdown than California and NY. I am also curious to see how many stories they will be doing on COVID-19 next season. I would love to see them take on the CDC since they are both in the same city. I am rooting for Chastain Memorial to win.

Are you as happy as I am that both shows will be back?

UPDATE 2: I am beginning to wonder if push comes to shove, will Fox turn Last Man Standing into an animated show. You know, since it is the only live-action sitcom left on their air. That is because they canceled Outmatched with Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson today. I am bummed about that because it grew on me.

You know, since Lawson is show killer (none of her shows have lasted more than a season), Peacock should pick up a revival of Psych. At least she had one show she didn’t kill, and we want back.

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Fox found an interesting way around Coronavirus for their fall lineup
May 11th, 2020 under Fox. [ Comments: 2 ]

Jack Zeman / FOX.


With production at a standstill, the networks are going to have to be creative in order to air anything new in the fall. Fox is the first network to reveal their 2020-2021 schedule, and they are very creative. However, you might want to hold off on watching tonight’s season finale of 9-1-1.

That is because both 9-1-1’s are going to be held for midseason. I think it would be nearly impossible to film around Los Angeles or anywhere anytime soon.

What will be on their fall schedule? The Masked Singer, of course! But that is not all, Animation Domination will be back on Sundays because animation is still in production. Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which was held because of alleged rumors about Neil de Grasse Tyson, will see the light of day. As will Spectrum Original’s LA Finest. The show, that stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, was rejected by the networks, and saved by Spectrum. Talking about a Cinderella story, that is a book you will want to read to the kids of MasterChef Junior. Finally, Next and Filthy Rich were both supposed to air around now, but instead, they will be debut in the fall.

Wait, what about their other shows? The 9-1-1’s, Duncanville, and Hell’s Kitchen will be back later on in the season. They also slated two new animated shows, The Great North and Housebroken, for then along with the sitcom Call Me Kat from Mayim Bialick and Jim Parsons.

What about Last Man Standing, The Resident, and Prodigal Son? Their fate is still up in the air. Hopefully, they will be back when our fate is less up in the air.

To see the lineup and read descriptions of the new shows, then

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM L.A.’S FINEST (network television debut)
9:00-10:00 PM NEXT (new series)

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (network television debut)
9:00-10:00 PM FILTHY RICH (new series)

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER (new season)
9:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (new season)

THURSDAY
7:30-8:00 PM ET/ FOX NFL THURSDAY PRESENTED BY VERIZON
8:00-8:19 PM ET/ GMC KICKOFF SHOW
8:20 PM-CC ET THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM

FRIDAY
8:00-10:00 PM WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / FOX ENCORES
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (new season)
8:30-9:00 PM BLESS THE HARTS (new season)
9:00-9:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS (new season)
9:30-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (new season)

The all-new series premiering this fall are NEXT and FILTHY RICH.

From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), executive producer Charlie Gogolak (“This Is Us”) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), NEXT is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, “The First”) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. The series also stars Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Aaron Moten (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”) and Evan Whitten (THE RESIDENT).

FILTHY RICH is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us,” “24: Legacy”) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (five-time Emmy Award nominee and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor (“Ma,” “The Help,” “The Girl on the Train”), the series also stars Melia Kreiling (“Tyrant”), Aubrey Dollar (“Battle Creek”), Corey Cott (“The Good Fight”), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mark L. Young (“We’re The Millers”) and Olivia Macklin (“LA to Vegas”), with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Aaron Lazar (“Quantico,” “The Strain”). Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.

Making their network television debuts are L.A.’S FINEST and COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS.

From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer “Bad Boys” franchise and Sony Pictures Television, the one-hour series L.A.’S FINEST follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

Returning for its third installment, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning COSMOS will once again be executive-produced, written and directed by Ann Druyan (NASA’s Voyager Record, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” “Contact”); executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark; and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon and astrophysicist. Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. Created and produced in partnership with the National Geographic Channel, which aired the series this spring, the new season will reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have.

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The Masked Singer is unstoppable
May 6th, 2020 under Alan and Robin Thicke, Fox, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger. [ Comments: none ]


Here is some news that will surprise no one, Fox picked up The Masked Singer for a fourth season. According to Deadline, they are hoping to go back into production in August.

I am beginning to think that production will be able to restart by then, but I doubt they will be able to do it with an audience. Since they play a part in who gets an eliminated, it will be interesting what Fox does with that roadblock.

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9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lonestar don’t have to call 9-1-1
April 13th, 2020 under Fox, Ryan Murphy. [ Comments: none ]


We are a month away from the possible upfronts, but Fox is not going to wait that long to announce that they picked up two shows for next season. 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lonestar will both be on the lineup whenever the new seasons starts up.

Is this news a surprise? Far from it. They are both the network’s top scripted shows behind The Masked Singer. The latter is the perfect show during this time since everyone is wearing masks now.

Back to the dramas, I hope Lonestar is wilder like 9-1-1 when it comes back for its second season. It was too serious and too much about their lives. I want them to take on some crazy crap like the original show. That is what makes 9-1-1 so much fun. You never know what Ryan Murphy is going to pull out of his ridiculous hat.

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It is lights out for Lights Out with David Spade and Deputy
April 5th, 2020 under Coronavirus, David Spade, Fox. [ Comments: none ]


We might be in a pandemic, but even Coronavirus couldn’t save Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade and Fox’s Deputy from cancellation. While Deputy is dead dead, Lights Out is not. They are trying to find a new home for David Spade’s talk show. It will be interesting to see if someone else will pick it up.

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