Fox has taken the next step in the ratings wars: year-round programming. The network announced today that it will debut six new shows in June:
Dramas The North Shore (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET/PT, June 14), with an ensemble cast set at a Hawaiian hotel; The Jury (Tuesdays, 9 pm. ET/PT, June 8), a courtroom series focused on deliberations from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson (Homicide, Oz).
Comedies Quintuplets (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, June 16) with Andy Richter as dad to five 15-year-olds; Method & Red (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, June 16) starring Method Man and Redman as rappers who move to a gated community.
Reality fare The Simple Life 2 (Wednesdays, 9 pm. ET/PT, June 16), following “celebutantes” Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on a motor home tour; The Casino (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET/PT, June 14) from producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), which goes behind the scenes at Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget.
Expect the other networks to follow suit, if not this summer, than certainly by 2005.