Did you ever get a song stuck in your head? That seems to be happening to me with FOX’s 2016-17 pilots for the upcoming season. It’s not necessarily a bad thing either. I keep having Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time pop into my head and then sometimes I hear Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time as well. It could be that I grew up in the 1980’s or maybe, just maybe, there is something as to why these “time” songs are stuck in my head. FOX’s new line-up has reboots of some classic movies, some returning series with new twists, and of course, A TIME TRAVEL SHOW!
The fall will see only four new shows for FOX, while the rest of the line-up will consist of returning shows on the network. This is a good sign as FOX tries to build on their momentum of successful shows like Empire, Gotham, and Rosewood.
FOX New Shows
LETHAL WEAPON, Wednesday 8P-9PM, Drama Harkening back to to Cher’s chart topper, FOX will unleash a series based on the classic films from the 1980’s franchise Lethal Weapon. The remake will star Damon Wayans (In Living Color) as Roger Murtaugh and Clayne Crawford (24) has been picked to reboot the famous Martin Riggs character. COMMENTS: This show was partnered with Empire by design, as it will allow a big audience to view it. The opening show does not stray too far from the original movie and the Riggs-Murtaugh dynamic seems to work. Getting a relative unknown to play Riggs was a good idea with such a unique character.
PITCH, Thursday 9P-10PM, Drama This is not a remake, but I do think you’ll recognize the formula in this sports drama about the first female major league baseball player. Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome) leads a recognizable cast that also includes Ali Larter (Varsity Blues), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By The Bell), and Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). COMMENTS: The network seems to be sticking to a successful sports formula with underdog, feuding teammates, and a difficult parent/child relationship. It gained an audience in theaters, but I’m unsure of how it will come together on the small screen. Putting it after last year’s hit, Rosewood, will definitely help audiences to at least sample the program.
THE EXORCIST, Friday 9P-10PM, Drama Yes, THAT Exorcist is being rebooted. The 1970’s classic will now haunt you on the small screen, starring Geena Davis (A League of Their Own) and Ben Daniels (House of Cards). COMMENTS: Despite some reservations, the pilot did not disappoint and it looks like Fridays could be a very scary evening at home this fall, as FOX is pairing it with Hell’s Kitchen. (OK- the cooking show is only really scary in name.) The pilot did not cross the line and actually delivered some moments that made us jump. I wonder how a network drama can continually toe that edgy line that made the original movie such a hit.
SON OF ZORN, Sunday 8:30-9PM, Comedy Son of Zorn will debut at 8:30PM (excluding NFL late runs) this fall and has a little bit of a twist. The voice of Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) appears to be one of very few animated characters that team up with real life actors, such as Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live). The comedy will be centered around Sudeikis as a cartoon barbarian back to build a life with his estranged family who are not animated. COMMENTS: The trailer received plenty of laughs, but no pilot was available. I can see this doing very well, considering the success FOX has seen on Sunday nights. This show appears to fit right in with The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers.
FOX Mid-Season Replacements
STAR Lee Daniels is back and sticking with what made Empire a smash hit They are bringing out some big names with Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Benjamin Bratt (Traffic) to lead the way. They pave the way for a young trio of girls trying to form the next big group in the Atlanta music scene.
24: LEGACY We have another reboot! The series has just been too successful for the network to stay away, but with Kiefer Sutherland busy, the show will hinge on Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). The show focuses on Hawkins’ character returning from war with problems as he tries to stop terrorists on the home front. This will debut after the Super Bowl, so you know the network loves it.
APB A tech billionaire (Jason Kirk) buys a police department in Chicago and has the technology to fight crime in one of America’s most violent cities. Natalie Martinez (Secrets & Lies) will also star.
MAKING HISTORY Time travel comedy alert! Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) travels back to the time of the Revolutionary War. He uses modern sayings, songs, and others things to woo his dream woman, played by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl).
THE MICK FOX will try its hand at pushing the comedy envelope by looking to FX for a breakout star. They may have just found one with Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny). Olson is a down-and-out partying character who finds herself looking after her nephews and niece after her very wealthy sister and brother-in-law wind up in jail.
PRISON BREAK The series left off at the end of the decade, but several years later it is back with some surprising twists. The gang is back with Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, and Sarah Wayne all reprising their roles… Well, I guess we have to see if Miller is really Michael Scofield this time around or if there is something else to it.
SHOTS FIRED This star-studded show will focus on police and their relationship with the surrounding community after a shooting goes wrong. Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Will Patton, and Edwina Findley Dickerson (Get Hard) will all head up this ensemble cast. We’ll have to see how well FOX can handle this controversial topic.