Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fox Mid-Season 2016 Schedule; Fox Orders Live-Action/Animated Hybrid Comedy

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Fox is announcing premiere dates for new series Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (Jan. 3), Bordertown (Jan. 3), Second Chance (Jan. 13) and Lucifer (Jan. 25); and returning series New Girl (Jan. 5), American Idol (Jan. 6 and Jan. 7) and Hell's Kitchen (Jan. 15). In addition, Brooklyn Nine-Nine will move to Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on Jan. 5, joining Grandfathered at 8:30PM ET/PT and The Grinder at 9:30PM ET/PT, each in new time periods following New Girl at 8. As previously announced, the special Superhuman airs Jan. 4; The X-Files returns Jan. 24 and Jan. 25; and three-hour LIVE musical event Grease: Live will air Jan. 31.

Two new comedies join the Sunday night lineup on Sunday, Jan. 3. New ensemble comedy Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life will premiere at 8:30PM ET/PT, following an all-new The Simpsons. Then, following an all-new Family Guy, new animated comedy Bordertown will debut at 9:30PM ET/PT and stars the voices of Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander, Nicholas Gonzalez and Missi Pyle. Tuesday nights of comedy continue Jan. 5 with an all-new lineup, including: the Season Five premiere of New Girl at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT; the time period premiere of Grandfathered, which moves to 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT; all new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine - on a new night and time - at 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT; and the time period premiere of The Grinder at 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT.

American Idol will begin its 15th - and farewell - season with a special two-night, four-hour premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New drama Second Chance (fka Lookinglass) debuts Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following the time-period premiere of Idol from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Masterchef Junior continues on Fridays returning with a special two-hour episode on Friday, Jan. 8 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Hell's Kitchen, starring fiery chef Gordon Ramsay, cooks up its 15th season beginning Friday, Jan. 15 at 9:00PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of Masterchef Junior in its regular time period from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.

Lucifer, the new drama starring Tom Ellis (Merlin), premieres Monday, Jan. 25 at 9:00PM ET/PT, after the time period premiere of The X-Files at 8:00PM ET/PT. As previously announced, Superhuman, a new two-hour special hosted by actor Kal Penn that tests the extraordinary skills of 12 contestants, premieres Monday, Jan. 4 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. The next mind-bending chapter of The X-Files debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 from 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT, following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Grease: Live, a three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical Grease, will air LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31 from 7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed.

And finally, Sleepy Hollow, which has its fall finale on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9:00PM ET/PT, moves to Fridays and returns with all-new episodes on Feb. 5 at 8:00PM ET/PT following the conclusion of Masterchef Junior. After The X-Files concludes its six-episode run, Gotham makes its spring return on Monday, Feb. 29 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Later that week, on Wednesday, March 2 at 8:00PM ET/PT, Morris Chestnut-starrer Rosewood returns. Empire begins Part Two of its second season Wednesday, March 30 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The return dates for Bones and The Last Man On Earth are to be announced.



Sticking to Fox, they have ordered Son of Zorn, a new live-action/animated hybrid comedy from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Last Man On Earth, The Lego Movie). Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn (the voice of Jason Sudeikis, The Last Man On Earth, Saturday Night Live), a fully animated, legendary warrior, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton, 21 Jump Street), and ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm), while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria. Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) also stars. The series is scheduled to debut during the 2016-2017 season.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Clean Slate" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On the eve of Chinese New Year, Jessica pushes the entire family to settle all debts, disputes and grudges to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Unsure if she can contain her temper for the remainder of the day, Jessica enlists Emery to makes sure she keeps her cool. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan go on a wild goose chase to hunt down some hate mail, and Eddie is forced to entertain his super lame cousin.

Speechless - " S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "Good Dre Hunting" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Bow convinces a begrudging Dre to try therapy, and he learns how to cope with his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan becomes a life coach to the kids.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Charlie thinks Mac's mom is holding his mom hostage so the gang installs spy cameras in their house to monitor what's going on. What they end up discovering is the moms are quite entertaining once Dennis makes some quick edits and adds a laugh track to the surveillance footage. Dee wants in on the new hit show and Frank becomes obsessed with banging Charlie's mom now that he's seen her on TV.

Man Seeking Woman - "Horse" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Lucy attempts to forge a relationship with Josh's best friend Mike.

Schitt's Creek - "The Throuple" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David and Stevie try to come to terms with their new relationship; Alexis and Moira plan a mother/daughter lunch.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Wednesday, January 18

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Watch Wendi on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Louie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) and B.J. Novak (The Office) - Neil and B.J. are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. Neil can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:20am.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Less Than Perfect) - Patrick is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie dishes about the new season of Scream Queens and her weight loss with Jenny Craig on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.