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The 2009 Network Upfronts: FOX Announces New Schedule

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Today FOX announced their new fall and winter lineup. The network can be counted on to tweak things repeatedly as the launch of the fall season gets closer and currently has both Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares (both Gordon Ramsay shows) sitting on the bench waiting to return, and other new shows (Mental and More to Love) picked up, but not yet on the schedule. Perhaps the biggest thing FOX is doing in their fall lineup though, is airing a new cycle of So You Think You Can Dance, which will cover all of Tuesday night and half of Wednesday.

The fall schedule only has three new shows on it. The first, Brothers, is a half-hour sitcom starring Michael Strahan, Carl Weathers, CCH Pounder, and Darryl “Chill” Mitchell. The second, The Cleveland Show, is a spinoff of Family Guy and was originally announced last year, and the last, Glee, is actually airing a “special preview” this week before launching officially in the fall.

As of this moment, the FOX fall schedules appears like this:

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00 The OT
7:30
8:00 The Simpsons House So You Think
You Can Dance
So You Think
You Can Dance
Bones Brothers Cops
8:30 The Cleveland Show ‘Til Death Cops
9:00 Family Guy Lie to Me Glee Fringe Dollhouse America's Most
Wanted
9:30 American Dad

Not surprisingly, the midseason schedule features the return of American Idol and 24. That schedule looks like this:

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00 Comedy
Repeats
7:30 American Dad
8:00 The
Simpsons
House American
Idol
American Idol Bones Brothers Cops
8:30 Sons of Tucson ‘Til Death Cops
9:00 Family
Guy
24 Past Life Human
Target
(Jan.)
/
Glee (Spring)
Fringe Dollhouse America's
Most
Wanted
9:30 The Cleveland
Show

The new spring comedy, Sons of Tucson, stars Tyler Labine as a “dad-for-hire” for a dysfunctional family. It may be an odd fit with FOX’s Sunday night animated fare, but Labine’s style of humor may prove compatible. FOX’s first new drama in the spring, Past Life focuses on detectives examining whether one’s past life is affecting their present crises (presumably they do). The other, Human Target, stars Mark Valley and is based on a DC Comics comic book and graphic novel. Valley plays Christopher Chance and each week his character has to protect a new client who is threatened, and, as the title implies, Chance tends to make himself the target to do his job. As presented by FOX, Human Target certainly looks like a lot of fun, and full of both action and humor.

Stay with Blogcritics as the 2009 Network TV Upfront continues, we’ll cover it all. Until then, check out the Human Target promo:

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