FOX Announces More Than Six New Shows For 2014-15 Season

Monica Gleberman | May 19, 2014

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FOX held a conference call presentation to go over its new fall schedule. The schedule includes the addition of new shows, like “Backstrom” from “Bones” creator Hart Hanson, “Gotham,” “Empire,” and “Gracepoint.” During the call, Shannon Ryan said the network has had an amazing year.

“We’re ending the season steady with last year and we came out with a number of wins, including the number one unscripted series with Adults 18 to 49 in “Masterchef Junior,” the number two new drama with adults 18 to 49 in “Sleepy Hollow,” six of the top 25 comedies out of 127, four of the top 25 dramas out of 145, and seven of the top 25 unscripted shows out of over 500 on television,” Ryan said. “We also set records once again in the younger adult and teen demos. We’re going to win the 12th consecutive season among adults 18 to 34 and this year, we’ll mark our 14th straight wins among teens”

Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, got on the call to discuss how the network will be morphing into a brand new media soon.

“We’re really transforming into a 24/7-365 platform, that embraces the non-linear viewing experience,” Reilly said. “The third point is that on the linear channel, we are eventizing our entertainment slate, which is where the power of broadcast television really shines through. It’s about urgency to view, and you see that in our sports package, andwe’re going to be bringing more of that to the entertainment side.”

“We’re going through a real transitional time in television right now. People are watching more of it than ever before, and on a multitude of platforms, and we are certainly embracing that at FOX.”

Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, added, “The new series and specials we’re presenting today feature buzzworthy worlds and characters that we think will be the most talked about, liked, tweeted and shared of the season.”

A couple of the new shows include, “Gotham” and the coming-of-age series “Red Band Society.” “Gotham” traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”) and Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), “Gotham” follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Another one on the line up is “Backstrom,” which centers on Detective Everette Backstrom (Rainn Wilson, “The Office,” “Six Feet Under”), an unhealthy, offensive, irascible detective who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.).

Then of course, there is a new suspenseful thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”), called “Wayward Pines” an intense, mind-bending 10-episode thriller starring Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (“Crash”) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. Every step closer to the truth makes him question if he will ever get out of Wayward Pines alive. The all-star cast also includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (“Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”), Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), Shannyn Sossamon (“How to Make It in America”), Toby Jones (the “Harry Potter” franchise) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear”).

This is the full FOX fall schedule for 2014. All times are ET/PT.

Monday

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Gotham” (new)

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. “Sleepy Hollow”

Tuesday

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Utopia” (new)

9:00 – 9:30 p.m. “New Girl”

9:30 – 10:00 p.m. “The Mindy Project”

Wednesday

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen”

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. “Red Band Society” (new)

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Bones”

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. “Gracepoint” (new)

Friday

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Masterchef Junior”

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. “Utopia” (new)

Saturday

7:00 – 10:30 p.m. FOX Sports Saturday: FOX College Football

Sunday

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. NFL on FOX

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. The OT / “Bob’s Burgers”

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. “The Simpsons”

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

9:00 – 9:30 p.m. “Family Guy”

9:30 – 10:00 p.m. “Mulaney” (new)

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