Fox has unveiled its first primetime schedule for the fall 2019-2020 season after the Disney merger. As an aftermath of the merger, the new schedule is tightly packed with animated and sports titles. Only two new dramas and one new animated comedy debut this season.
‘WWE SmackDown Live’ displaces Fox’s live-action comedy roster. The broadcasting network has revealed in May that ‘SmackDown’ would come to Fox from USA in the upcoming season. According to the latest reports, the Friday version of WWE will remain as a two-hour live show. The new schedule also points at Fox’s slow transition into sports programming arena. Apart from ‘WWE Smackdown,’ the list features ‘Thursday Night Football,’ ‘Fox College Football,’ and ‘Sunday NFL.’
The new shows premiering in the fall season include Michael Sheen’s crime drama ‘Prodigal Son,’ ‘Not Just Me’ and the animated comedy ‘Bless the Harts.’ The lineup also marks the series finale of ‘Empire‘ and a different night for ‘The Resident.’ ‘Last Man Standing,’ which is missing in the lineup, is expected to come back in 2020.
New and returning shows like ‘9-1-1,’ ‘Deputy,’ ‘Filthy Rich,’ ‘Outmatched,’ ‘Duncanville,’ ‘The Great North,’ and ‘neXt,’ will have to make room for upcoming sports titles. The shows having new seasons are ‘Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Masterchef,’ ‘Masterchef Junior,’ ‘Paradise Hotel,’ ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ and ‘Spin the Wheel.’ The physical competition show ‘Ultimate Tag’ will also premiere in 2020.
Check out the fall 2019-20 lineup below (New shows in bold).
8:00-9:00 PM 9-1-1
9:00-10:00 PM Prodigal Son
8:00-9:00 PM The Resident
9:00-10:00 PM Empire
8:00-9:00 PM The Masked Singer
9:00-10:00 PM Not Just Me
7:30-8:00 PM ET Thursday Night Football Pregame Show
4:30-5:00 PM PT 8:00 PM-CC ET/5:00 PM-CC PT NFL Football
8:00-10:00 PM WWE’S Smackdown Live
7:00-10:30 PM Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7:00-7:30 PM NFL on Fox
7:30-8:00 PM The OT / Fox Encores
8:00-8:30 PM The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 PM Bless the Harts
9:00-9:30 PM Bob’s Burgers
9:30-10:00 PM Family Guy
‘Prodigal Son’ stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, the son of a notorious serial killer knows as The Surgeon, played by Michael Sheen. Bright is the best criminal psychologist in the town because he can trace what the criminals think. But his gift comes with a curse along with it.
Watch the trailer for ‘Prodigal Son’ below.
The animated comedy ‘Bless the Harts’ follows the broke Southern family known as the Harts. Despite the hard life, they still believe in the American Dream. While struggling to make both ends meet, they never realize that the family is already rich with lots of friends, family members and laughter. The series features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, and Mary Steenburgen in the voice cast. ‘Bless the Harts’ is created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey.
Watch the trailer for ‘Bless the Harts’ below.
‘Not Just Me’ tells the story of a strange fertility specialist who used his sperm to conceive dozens of children during his decades-long career. When his only legitimate daughter, played by Brittany Snow, learns this truth, her life turns upside down. She also discovers that her former best friend and an ex-Olympic athlete are actually her sisters!
Watch the trailer for ‘Not Just Me’ below.
The drama is based on Endemol Shine Australia’s series ‘Sisters.’
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