FOX’s 2008/2009 TV Schedule

Emmy Award-winning writer Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”) and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) comes an animated comedy that focuses on the lives of eight staff members at a high school in a small northeastern fishing town (Go Baiters!) who never lose sight of the fact that the children must ALWAYS come second. We watch them grapple with their own egos, needs and personal agendas, their petty insecurities and prejudices, unrequited loves, and ruthless battles for power and that’s just at the staff meeting.

SUE SEZNO (Kenan Thompson), a woman who frequently says “no,” is the acting principal of the school (the actual principal is recovering from a series of unfortunate accidents that might be seen as escape attempts). Then there’s Vice Principal STUART PROZACKIAN (Will Forte) who has a terrifically positive and upbeat attitude… possibly from the performance-enhancing medication he’s been secretly put on by the other teachers. There is one educator who feels the focus should be on academics, but despite the old adage, at this school, those who can teach, teach gym and that’s where LARRY SLIMP (Jason Bateman) has been exiled to. Immensely frustrated, Larry nurses a crush on science teacher MIRACLE GROHE (Maria Bamford), a woman whose superficial grasp on science is balanced by her superficial grasp on spirituality.

Rounding out the staff is the aging German teacher WILLARD DEUTSCHEBOG (Henry Winkler), a deeply defeated man whose yearbook quotation reads “If I believed in reincarnation, I’d kill myself tonight.” Uptight HELEN KLENCH (Cheri Oteri) is a librarian whose life’s work in research and archiving can now be surpassed by the average Google search from the average cell phone. Proud ANDREW SAPIEN (Nick Kroll) is the flamboyant drama teacher. ENNIS HOFFTARD (Will Arnett) is a fellow teacher and a self-obsessed body builder who yearns to be thought of as a “cool dude” by his students. And finally there’s HAPPY (Tom Kenny), the plotting secretive custodian who’s assumed to be Hispanic despite the fact that his real name is Muhannad Sabeeh Fa’ach Nuaba.

With a distinctive new look a combination of animation against a live-action backdrop SIT DOWN, SHUT UP is a series for the young and old at heart. It lampoons modern society while exposing the dreams, flaws and struggling humanity of our first and most formative authority figures: teachers.

Renewals include “24,” “American Dad,” “American Idol,” “America’s Most Wanted,” “America Fights Back,” “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?,” “Bones,” “Cops,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” “Family Guy,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “House,” “King of the Hill,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “MADtv,” “The Moment of Truth,” “Prison Break,” “The Simpsons,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Talk Show with Spike Feresten,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “‘Til Death.”

Cancellations include “Back to You,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “K-Ville,” “Nashville,” “New Amsterdam,” “The Next Great American Band,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Unhitched.”

The nightly FOX schedule will be as follows:

AUGUST TO DECEMBER 2008:

MONDAY: 8pm: “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
9pm: “Prison Break”

TUESDAY: 8pm: “House”
9pm: “Fringe”

WEDNESDAY: 8pm: “Bones”
9pm: “‘Til Death”
9:30pm: “Do Not Disturb”

THURSDAY: 8pm: “The Moment of Truth”
9pm: “Kitchen Nightmares”

FRIDAY: 8pm: “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”
9pm: “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”

SATURDAY: 8pm: “Cops”
9pm: “America’s Most Wanted: America Strikes Back”
11pm: “MADtv”
12am: “Talkshow with Spike Feresten”

SUNDAY: 7pm: “The OT” (NFL Post-Game)
8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “King of the Hill”
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “American Dad”

JANUARY TO MAY 2009:

MONDAY: 8pm: “Dollhouse”
9pm: “24”

TUESDAY: 8pm: “American Idol”
9pm: “Fringe”

WEDNESDAY: 8pm: “House”
9pm: “American Idol Results Show”
9:30pm: TBA Comedy

THURSDAY: 8pm: “Hell’s Kitchen”
9pm: “Secret Millionaire”

FRIDAY: 8pm: “Bones”
9pm: “‘Til Death”
9:30pm: “Do Not Disturb”

SATURDAY: 8pm: “Cops”
9pm: “America’s Most Wanted: America Strikes Back”
11pm: “MADtv”
12am: “Talkshow with Spike Feresten”

SUNDAY: 8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “King of the Hill” (Jan)/”Sit Down, Shut Up” (Mar)
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “American Dad” (Jan)/”The Cleveland Show” (Mar)