2018/2019 TV Series Breakdown: FOX

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

With basically all its new dramas succeeding last season, and with the network’s future uncertain with the coming Disney deal, FOX’s new series line-up this year is anaemic despite all their recent axings of shows. There’s two new dramas (both held to mid-season). two new comedies, and the just acquired from cancellation “Last Man Standing”.

Football will dominate Thursday nights in the Fall, pushing much of the network’s genre fare like “Gotham,” “The Orville” and Ridley Scott’s new series “The Passage” to early next year.

NEW DRAMA SERIES

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The Passage
(Sci-Fi Thriller, Mid-Season)
Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy, this epic, character-driven thriller is written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”) and executive-produced by Ridley Scott and ‘Apes’ sequels helmer Matt Reeves. The story focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. The book series (and the show) will ultimately turn into a post-apocalyptic tale in which vampires rule the world. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Caroline Chikezie and Vincent Piazza co-star.

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Proven Innocent
(Legal Drama, Mid-Season)
Danny Strong (“Empire”) and David Elliot (“Four Brothers”) executive produce this legal drama about an underdog criminal defense firm led by the fierce and uncompromising Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre). At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother (Riley Smith), in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession. She now runs the firm with her partner (Russell Hornsby), the very lawyer who helped set her free after seven years in prison. Vincent Kartheiser, Nikki M. James and Brian d’Arcy James co-star.

NEW COMEDY SERIES

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The Cool Kids
(Comedy, 8:30pm Fridays)
Comedy legends David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan and Vicki Lawrence team for this multi-camera comedy about a rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun. Grier plays the party goer, Jordan the nervous hypochondriac, Mull the storyteller who drifts into wild stories, and Lawrence as a brash confident woman who won’t be told no. Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) serves as executive producer.

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REL
(Comedy, 9:30pm Mondays)
Based on the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Insecure”), this multi-camera comedy stars Howery as a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair. And not just any affair, an affair with Rel’s own barber. Rel finds his embarrassing business is known by everyone, including the Pastor (also played by Howery), before Rel can even process the emotions himself. Sinbad, Jess Moore and Jordan L. Jones star.

The nightly FOX schedule will be as follows:

MONDAY
8pm: “The Resident”
9pm: “9-1-1”

TUESDAY
8pm: “The Gifted”
9pm: “Lethal Weapon”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “Empire”
9pm: “Star”

THURSDAY
8pm: NFL Football (Fall)
8pm: “Gotham” (Spring)
9pm: “The Orville” (Spring)

FRIDAY
8pm: “Last Man Standing”
8:30pm: “The Cool Kids”
9pm: “Hell’s Kitchen”

SATURDAY
7:30pm: “Fox College Football”

SUNDAY
7pm: “NFL on Fox”
7:30pm: “The OT”/FOX Encores
8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “Bob’s Burgers”
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “REL”

DATE TBD
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” “Gotham,” “The Orville,” “The Passage,” “Proven Innocent”

FATE TBD
“Ghosted,” “L.A. to Vegas”

CANCELLATIONS/ENDED
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (shifted to NBC), “The Exorcist,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Lucifer,” “The Mick,” “New Girl,” “Shots Fired,” “The X-Files”