2011/12 TV Season Breakdown: FOX

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with second announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the list over on Fox.

Aiming to stop the ratings slide that takes place when “American Idol” isn’t on, Fox laid waste last week to practically every show that wasn’t majorly performing on its schedule, though the fate of “Breaking In” remains in question right now. They’re also betting big on the new take of Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” in the Fall – hoping it will perform as well or better than the now Cowell-less “American Idol” does in the Spring.

They’re also using the Fall to launch arguably the single biggest show of the new season – “Terra Nova”. The lavishly expensive series about future humanity living in a colony in the prehistoric past is not just being touted as the next potential “Lost” but could become it – that is if the production problems that have been plaguing it don’t affect either the end result or the air dates.

Unlike other networks which pack them together, Fox is spreading out its new comedies and tying their berths next to already strong performing shows in the hopes of giving them a good launching pad. Half of its eight new scripted series will launch mid-season including J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz” and the “Bones” spin-off “The Finder” which already had a backdoor pilot air the other week. “America’s Most Wanted” will be phased out during this upcoming season.

A few notable pilots didn’t make the final cut, most notably David Goyer’s haunted house comic adaptation “Locke and Key” which was thought to be a slam dunk, but the pilot was met with a muted response. Ethan Hawke-led spy drama “Exit Strategy” was passed on but could be retooled and come back mid-season. The medical drama “Weekends at Bellevue” and several sitcoms including “Family Album”, “Council of Dads,” “Tagged” and “Outnumbered” also didn’t make it.

Onto the new shows and they are:

Allen Gregory
(Animated Comedy, Sundays 8:30pm)
Allen Gregory is one of the most pretentious seven-year-olds of our time, a child who sees himself as intelligent, sophisticated, worldly, artistic and romantic. He lives with his father whom he idolises, his dad’s life partner whom he has little respect for, and his adopted Cambodian sister.

Now he’s about to embark on his greatest adventure, leaving the safety of his father’s homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age. His journey will be a struggle, not only with the other kids at school, but with the faculty as well. Jonah Hill, Nat Faxon, French Stewart, Joy Osmanski, Cristina Pucell and Will Forte lend their voices.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter
(Comedy, Wednesdays 9:30pm)
Two former high school outcasts find their pasts inform their current parenting styles. Annie, who was raised in an ultra-strict, uber-religious household where she had little-to-no freedom, pretty much allows her daughter to do whatever she wants. Nikki, once an unpopular, overweight social pariah, has reinvented herself as a pretty Southern belle whose top priority is providing her daughter with the childhood she never had.

They have given the girls everything they asked for and everything they never had: clothes, money and self-esteem. The unintended consequence is they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago. Jaime Pressly, Katie Finneran, Kristi Lauren, Aisha Dee, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Kevin Rahm and Chad Coleman star.

New Girl
(Comedy, Tuesdays 9pm)
An offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home.

Her roommates include an ambitious young man who stopped caring and became a bartender, a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova, and a former high school athlete who currently makes his living as a personal trainer. Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone and Damon Wayans Jr. star.

Terra Nova
(Sci-Fi Drama, Mondays, 8pm)
In the 22nd century with the world dying, mankind sets out on a great experiment to save the human race – by transporting themselves 85 million years into the past.

The story centres on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet foreboding land. Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn, Landon Liboiron, Allison Miller and Naomi Scott star.

MID-SEASON:

Alcatraz
(Sci-Fi Drama, Mondays 9pm)
When clues in a murder lead to an Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago, SFPD Detective Rebecca Madsen looks into the case. In the process she discovers a much larger, more sinister present-day threat – one that will lead to more former prisoners, including the worst criminals in the country’s history, reappearing in the modem day.

Along the way everything she thought she knew about her family’s past is shattered. The J.J. Abrams-produced series stars Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Robert Forster, Santiago Cabrera, Jonny Coyne, Jason Butler Harner.

The Finder
(Comedy/Drama, Thursdays 9pm)
Brain damage from an explosion turns Walter, an Iraq war veteran, into a man with a unique gift to help others recover what they’ve lost. Moving to Key West, he takes cases for various people who are searching for something that the police can’t help them with.

Along the way he’s helped by a British woman with a mysterious past, and his legal advisor and muscle Leo. Geoff Stults, Michael Clarke Duncan and Saffron Burrows star.

Napoleon Dynamite
(Animated Comedy, Sundays, 8:30pm)
An animated series which follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho.

The original cast – Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Diedrich Bader, Tina Majorino and Sandy Martin – will voice their characters in the series.

Touch
(Mid-Season)
A preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect, the series follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters who affect each other in ways seen and unseen.

These include a former firefighter tormented by a failed rescue, an Iraqi teenager, a gifted singer, and a British businessman. Kiefer Sutherland stars in this drama from Tim Kring, the creator of “Heroes”.

The nightly FOX schedule will be as follows:

FALL 2011:

MONDAY
8pm: “Terra Nova”
9pm: “House”

TUESDAY
8pm: “Glee”
9pm: “New Girl”
9:30pm: “Raising Hope”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “The X Factor: Performance Show”
9:30pm: “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”

THURSDAY
8pm: “The X Factor: Results Show”
9pm: “Bones”

FRIDAY
8pm: “Kitchen Nightmares”
9pm: “Fringe”

SATURDAY
8pm: “Cops”
9pm: “America’s Most Wanted”

SUNDAY
7pm: “The OT” (NFL Post-Game)
7:30pm: “The Cleveland Show”
8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “Allen Gregory”
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “American Dad”

SPRING 2012:

MONDAY
8pm: “House”
9pm: “Alcatraz”

TUESDAY
8pm: “Glee”
9pm: “New Girl”
9:30pm: “Raising Hope”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “American Idol: Performance Show”
9:30pm: “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”

THURSDAY
8pm: “American Idol: Results Show”
9pm: “The Finder”/”Bones”

FRIDAY
8pm: “Kitchen Nightmares”
9pm: “Fringe”

SATURDAY
8pm: “Cops”
9pm: “America’s Most Wanted”

SUNDAY
7pm: “Animation Domination” (encores)
7:30pm: “The Cleveland Show”
8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “Napoleon Dynamite”
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “Bob’s Burgers”

RENEWALS
“American Dad,” “American Idol,” “America’s Most Wanted,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Bones,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Cops,” “Family Guy,” “Fringe,” “Glee,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “House,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Masterchef,” “Mobbed,” “Raising Hope,” “The Simpsons,” “So You Think You Can Dance.”

CANCELLATIONS
“The Chicago Code,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “The Good Guys,” “Human Target,” “Lie To Me,” “Lone Star,” “Running Wilde,” “Traffic Light”