New Series Breakdown: FOX

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

While the numbers overall slipped a bit this past season for the Murdoch network, it still attracts the most people in the key 18-49 demographic. “American Idol” remains a powerhouse and has weathered Ellen DeGeneres replacing Paula Abdul without issue, however with Simon Cowell departing next season many are wondering how big an impact that will have (Cowell’s “The X Factor” starts up on the network next Fall).

“Bones” is arguably the safest drama series of the network right now, the show consistently rating between 9-11 million viewers and hasn’t dropped off any of its viewership at all despite approaching the end of its fifth season. “House” remains a powerhouse but its heady days of 20-25 million per episode viewership are long gone as the last few episodes of this past sixth season have slipped below 10 million viewers for the first time since early season one.

Despite its third season renewal, the time slot change of “Fringe” this past season remains one of the stupidest decisions in TV of the past year with a season one viewership around 9-10 million an episode falling to a viewership of 5-6 million per episode in the second season. While most of last season’s newcomers have either already been canned (Past Life, Brothers) or are modest performers (Human Target), the network had one major success story with “Glee” which started out a cult success and has already morphed into a bonafide hit with recent episodes sitting at around 11-12 million viewers each. This explains a 25-episode second season renewal for the series, along with a special post-Superbowl episode slot come January.

This season the network will premiere one animated series, three dramas and three single-camera comedies. “So You Think You Can Dance” was slotted into the Fall last season, but has been pulled back into the Summer off-peak time which has caused some shuffling of Fox’s Tuesday and Wednesday night line-up. “Human Target” has been pushed into the network’s troubled Friday night slot, and four of the seven new shows (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Mixed Signals,” “Ride-Along,” “Terra Nova”) are being held back to mid-season.

A few notable pilots didn’t make the final cut, notably the high-testing drama “Breakout Kings” about ex-fugitives turned U.S. marshals and the legal drama “Pleading Guilty”, starring Jason Isaacs and John Laroquette and based on the Scott Turow novel. Also not making it were comedies like the Ben Stiller-produced “The Station” about a covert South American CIA office; the Christian Slater-led “Breaking In” about security system hackers; “Most Likely To Succeed” about high school superstars dealing with adulthood; the family-owned brewery set “Strange Brew”; and the noble IRS agent-led “Tax Man”.

Onto the new shows and they are:

Bob’s Burgers
(Animated Comedy, Sundays 8:30pm – Mid-Season)
Follows a man, his family and their floundering burger joint. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob and his lovable and quirky family are convinced their burgers are their ticket to success.

Loren Bouchard (“Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”) produces.

Lonestar
(Drama, Mondays 9pm)
A sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil. James Wolk stars as a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can’t break free. He’s caught between two very different lives and two very different women.

Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (“Party of Five”) will produce.

Mixed Signals
(Comedy, Tuesdays 9pm – Mid-Season)
Three longtime friends attempt to balance their committed relationships with their desire for freedom. Their friendships and romances enhance – and further complicate – the lives of men and the women who love them.

Nelson Franklin, David Denman, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira and Alexandra Breckenridge star. Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) produces.

Raising Hope
(Family Comedy, Tuesdays 9pm)
The sweet, offbeat comedy follows Jimmy Chance (Neff), a well-meaning screw-up trying his best to raise his infant daughter with the help of the eccentric family who did a less-than-stellar job of raising him.

Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman star. Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”) produces.

Ride-Along
(Police Procedural, Mondays 9pm – Mid-Season)
A fast-paced series, shot on location, that will take audiences on an unflinching and unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago to navigate crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Delroy Lindo star. Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”) produces.

Running Wilde
(Comedy, Tuesdays 9:30pm)
The comedy centers on a lovable, but immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart, the uber-liberal humanitarian who got away.

Will Arnett and Keri Russell star. Jim Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz and Arnett (“Arrested Development”) will produce.

Terra Nova
(Sci-Fi Drama, Mid-Season)
An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. The action-adventure series follows an ordinary family from the future on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race..

Steven Spielberg (“Jurassic Park,” “The Pacific”), Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and David Fury (24, “Lost”) will produce.

The nightly FOX schedule will be as follows:

FALL 2010:

MONDAY
8pm: “House”
9pm: “Lonestar”

TUESDAY
8pm: “Glee”

9pm: “Raising Hope”

9:30pm: “Running Wilde”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “Lie to Me”
9pm: “Hell’s Kitchen”

THURSDAY
8pm: “Bones”
9pm: “Fringe”

FRIDAY
8pm: “Human Target”
9pm: “The Good Guys”

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

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

SPRING 2011:

MONDAY
8pm: “House”
9pm: “Lonestar”/”Ride-Along”

TUESDAY
8pm: “American Idol: Performance Show”
9pm: “Running Wilde”/”Mixed Signals”

WEDNESDAY
8pm: “Raising Hope”
8:30pm: “American Idol: Results Show”
9pm: “Glee”

THURSDAY
8pm: “Bones”
9pm: “Fringe”

FRIDAY
8pm: “Human Target”
9pm: “Kitchen Nightmares”

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

SUNDAY
7pm: “The Simpsons (Encores)”
7:30pm: “American Dad”
8pm: “The Simpsons”
8:30pm: “Bob’s Burgers”
9pm: “Family Guy”
9:30pm: “The Cleveland Show”

Renewals include “American Dad,” “American Idol,” “America’s Most Wanted,” “Bones,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Cops,” “Family Guy,” “Fringe,” “Glee,” “The Good Guys,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “House,” “Human Target,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Lie To Me,” “The Simpsons,” “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Cancellations include “24,” “Brothers,” “Dollhouse,” “Past Life,” “Sons of Tuscon,” “Til Death”.