With the TV upfronts next week, the major networks are clearing house in time for the arrival of the new kids.
Following their series pickup of “Gotham” earlier this week, Fox has also given series orders for two more new dramas. One is the hospital set, Octavia Spencer-led, coming-of-age dramedy “Red Band Society”.
The other is the hip-hop dynasty drama “Empire” with “Hustle and Flow” stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson re-teaming on the project.
The three new shows are coming at the cost of four others. The remake of the Aussie legal dramedy “Rake” and a trio freshman comedies “Dads,” “Enlisted” and “Surviving Jack” have all been cancelled.
The axings follow in the wake of Fox’s recent “Almost Human” cancellation. The network has also confirmed it will not be picking up new comedy pilots “Fatrick,” “Dead Boss” and “No Place Like Home” to series.