Okay, get this — FOX has decided that there are just too many commercials on television. Or, so they sort of, almost, kind of say. At their Upfront presentation they announced that they would launch two series this year with half the number of network commercials. Half. They also said that these shows would not just have more promo time. And, while they didn't say it, I don't think that they meant that they'd just be giving the local affiliates the commercial time. I'm totally getting ahead of myself though, let's talk about their actual schedule - or schedules, fall and spring.
In the fall:
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|8:30||King of the Hill||Cops|
|9:00||Family Guy||Prison Break||Fringe||'Til Death||Kitchen
|9:30||American Dad||Do Not Disturb|
And, in the spring:
|'Til Death||America's Most
So, the new stuff. Well, in the fall there's not much. There's the new J.J. Abrams series, Fringe, which, from the preview, looks kind of like an update of The X-Files. And there's Do Not Disturb, a terribly unfunny looking (from the preview FOX showed during their presentation) comedy starring Jerry O'Connell. I like O'Connell; I have since before I knew who he was when I first saw Stand By Me, but the clip we saw was unamusing.
In the spring there's more new on the schedule, including two new animated series, The Cleveland Show, which is a spinoff of Family Guy; and Sit Down, Shut Up which reunites a bunch of folks from Arrested Development, teams them with a few other people, and has them play dysfunctional teachers. The series has live action backgrounds with animated characters on top, and looks like it could be amusing enough.