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FOX Sets Summer Schedule March 29, 2009 11:10 pm

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foxlogo-514Fox has announced their summer schedule, which will see the return of So You Think You Can Dance? on May 21st, new medical drama Mental on May 22nd, Hell’s Kitchen on July 21st, Teen Choice 2009 on August 10th and Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on May 22nd and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on July 3rd. The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)


Fox Renews The Simpsons For Two More Seasons February 26, 2009 6:38 pm

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thesimpsons-60408Fox has ordered two additional seasons of The Simpsons, bringing the animated comedy through its 22nd season and making it the longest-running series in primetime television history.  The 44-episode order will bring the episode count to 493.

The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Michael Cera Finally On Board for Arrested Development Movie February 25, 2009 3:04 pm

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michaelcerageorgemichael-022509Awesome.  After months of indicating he wasn’t interested in doing a feature-length version of the hilarious, if not successful, Fox comedy Arrested Development, E! Online’s Kristin reports that Michael Cera has apparently buckled to pressure and agreed to board the project.  Kristin further reports that the movie may go into production as early as the end of the year.  Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz is writing and directing the script.  Fox Searchlight is the studio.

A later update has a reaction from one of the series’ star, Portia de Rossi, who when asked why there was such a hold up with Cera’s casting replied: “I don’t know, I honestly don’t. I spoke to Jason Bateman and Will Arnett; I think it was just a matter of timing. I don’t know.”

First X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot Online February 16, 2009 12:44 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fox, Movie Trailers, Movies, Television, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The first of three planned 60-second TV spots for X-Men Origins: Wolverine aired on Fox last night and you can watch the spot embedded below.  The second TV spot will air tonight during an episode of House (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) and the third will air on Tuesday night during an episode of American Idol (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on Fox.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.

Jeffrey Tambor Believes Arrested Development Film Will Happen This Year January 29, 2009 4:03 pm

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arresteddevelopment-120408The New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher is reporting that Jeffrey Tambor believes that Michael Cera, previously reported as the lone hold out for an Arrested Development film, is on board for the project and that the movie will happen this year:

If I have to call him up and say, ‘Get on set right now, young man,’ he’ll be there…The movie is going to happen this year, and Michael Cera is on board. Trust me.

ABC Greenlights Three Pilots, Fox One January 27, 2009 10:43 pm

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abclogo-513ABC today announced greenlights for three drama pilots from ABC Studios, including one from Grey’s Anatomy creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes. titled Inside the Box.

According to THR, Inside the Box, written by Richard E. Robbins, is set in a  Washington network news bureau and centers on an ambitious female news producer and her colleagues.  The project has been in development since 2006, (ABC picked it up to pilot), but was ultimately shelved because Rhimes got busy with Grey’s Anatomy and its spinoff Private Practice.

I, Claudia, is a contemporary drama from writer John Scott Shepherd and centers on Claudia McIntire, a young prosecuting attorney who doesn’t know that one day she is going to be a serious contender for the presidency of the U.S.

The untitled Brothers & Detectives adaptation, written and exec produced by Daniel Cerone, is about a low-level detective who, after the death of his estranged father, discovers he has a brilliant 11-year-old brother who is adept at helping him solve crimes.

Fox, meanwhile, has greenlit a drama titled Masterwork from Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring.  The series is described by THR as a globe-trotting adventure like National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code about  a race against time to recover the world’s most sought-after artifacts.

Fox Cancels Prison Break + Schedules Sit Down, Shut Up January 13, 2009 4:05 pm

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prisonbreak-011309After four seasons, the ride that was Prison Break is coming to an end.  Fox has announced that the currently running fourth season will be the show’s last.

Fox will shift the series to Friday’s this spring starting on April 17th at 8pm.  Four episodes remain.  The show will be taking over for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles once that show ends its first season.

“The show is just played out,” says Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “Creatively everybody feels enough stories have been told … we want to finish strong and not just give out next season.”

They might shoot extra series-ending episodes, but Reilly assures: “They have a cool ending.”

In other Fox news, the network announced that Mitch Hurwitz’s animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, will premiere on April 19, 2009, filling in for the King of the Hill slot on Sundays at 8:30pm after The Simpsons‘Sit Down’ will take over after the series finale of King of the Hill.

Source: THR

Cera Holding Up Arrested Development Film? December 29, 2008 2:31 pm

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arresteddevelopment-120408Mitch Hurwitz, creator of the critically beloved but low-rated Fox series Arrested Development, has confirmed that a deal is in place with Fox Searchlight to make a big screen adaptation of the series.  However, Hurwitz cautions that casting is still not complete, and hints that the rumor that Michael Cera is the one holding up the process is accurate.  From FilmCast:

So what of the rumors that new dad Will Arnett and shiny movie star Michael Cera are the only two remaining holdouts?

“I don’t want to talk about who is holding out right now because we might still work that out and I don’t want to pressure anyone through the press,” said Hurwitz. “Although I will say that Will Arnett is gung-ho, so there’s a big clue!”

Hurwitz added that he won’t get to work on a script until the cast he wants is locked up, but he did talk a bit about the possible story and whether or not the film would start where the show ended:

“I think in some respect it would have to pick up where the show left off,” he said. “Maybe the benefit of that would be, if nothing else, just to recap everything. There are a couple of ways to get into it. I was even thinking about a big animated sequence to start. Kind of like how the Blake Edwards movies used to start – to kind of catch everyone up.”

Hurwitz also noted that he hasn’t ruled out a possible prequel movie.  Click here to read the entire interview.


New Dollhouse Video December 26, 2008 11:39 pm

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Entertainment Weekly has a two-minute clip from the February 13, 2009 series premiere of Fox’s Dollhouse, from creator Joss Whedon.  Watch it below.

via /Film

Fox Developing Werewolf Dramedy Bitches December 26, 2008 11:35 pm

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doughertymichael-122608Superman Returns screenwriter Michael Dougherty is developing a werewolf drama/comedy for Fox titled Bitches.  According to THR, the series is described as a “quirky fairy tale” about four female friends in New York City who are also werewolves.  The project has received a script plus a penalty commitment from the network.  Pushing Daisies co-executive producers/writers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have also been brought aboard the project.

American Idol Returns on January 13th December 16, 2008 4:31 pm

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foxlogo-514Fox has announced that the eighth season of American Idol will premiere on January 13th. The eighth season will kick off with three weeks of audition episodes.

Read the complete press release after the jump.


Fox Cancels Mad TV November 13, 2008 5:54 pm

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madtv-111308After 14 seasons on the air, Mad TV is coming to an end.  Fox confirmed on Wednesday that the Saturday night sketch series, which in the past has escaped cancellation, will end its run at the end of this season.

“There’s been great interest in recent years,” said exec producer David Salzman. “We’ve had a number of networks inquire as to whether the show was coming off Fox and saying that they’d be interested. We have not started to talk to them yet, but now is the time to begin those conversations. I think we have real prospects, but you never know, especially given the economy.”

Fox decided to inform the show’s producers of their decision now, rather than later in the season, in order to give them a chance to end the series with a proper sendoff:

“This will give us a proper sendoff, a chance to promote the finale and bring back old cast members,” Salzman said.

Source: Variety

The Cleveland Show Pushed to 2009 November 12, 2008 3:00 pm

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theclevelandshow-111208The Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show is being pushed back by Fox and is now unlikely to debut this season.  The series is now expected to premiere the fall of next year.  At the same time as the delay, however, Fox has ordered the back-nine episodes of Cleveland, giving the 20th Century Fox series a full 22 episode order for the 2009/10 season.  Also, Arianna Huffington has joined the show’s voice cast in a recurring role.

Source: Variety

Dollhouse Pushed to February, Will Air on Friday Nights with ‘Terminator’ November 11, 2008 2:17 pm

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dollhouse-102708Fox’s updated schedule has bad news for Joss Whedon fans.  The network has pushed back the debut of Whedon’s new series Dollhouse from January to Friday, February 13, 2009.  The one-month delay is obviously concerning, but the move to Friday nights into the “time slot of death” is even more so.  The network also isn’t giving the show much help in terms of a lead-in, deciding to move the struggling Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to Friday nights at 8pm.

Production delays are also still an issue, with the LA Times reporting that production on the show’s seventh episode may have to be delayed due to issues with the script.

Meanwhile, Fox is showing more confidence with Fringe, deciding to give the show a boost from American Idol, which will lead into it.

Sources: Fox and LA Times

New 24 Season Seven Trailer November 11, 2008 2:15 pm

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Fox has released a new trailer for the seventh season of 24, which returns with a two-night, four-premiere on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12.  Also, don’t forget the two-hour movie Redemption, which airs on November 23rd.

New Dollhouse Video November 11, 2008 2:14 pm

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Fox has released a new video for the upcoming Joss Whedon drama Dollhouse.  Check it out below.  Dollhouse is expected to air on Fox sometime in early 2009.

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“American Dad” Renewed for Fifth Season November 2, 2008 2:42 pm

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While Fox opted not to renew its long-running animated series King of the Hill (related article here), the network has decided to give a greenlight for a fifth season of American Dad.  Executive producers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman have also signed new overall deals with 20th Century Fox TV:

“It was one of our goals going into the summer to make sure their services were secured,” said 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden. “The show has evolved creatively under their leadership. And when you find a tentpole player like Seth, one of the critical elements in supporting their companies is locking up the services of the people they depend on, they trust.”

Production on the currently running fourth season of American Dad is coming to a close, just as the writing team is starting to break stories for the show’s fifth season.

Source: Variety

Fox Cancels King of the Hill October 30, 2008 11:19 pm

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Fox has decided that they will not be renewing King of the Hill beyond the show’s current 13th season. Production is currently being wrapped on the show’s final 13 episodes.

Despite the loss of the long-running animated series, Fox remains commited to the medium as they are prepping two new animated series for midseason: Mitch Hurwitz’s Sit Down, Shut Up and the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Fox Puts ‘Til Death on Hold for Two Weeks October 30, 2008 9:05 pm

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Fox has pulled the low-rated Brad Garret comedy Til Death from its lineup.  According to the network, the show will be off the air for at least two weeks.  Repeats of House will occupy the 9pm Wednesday time slot in the short term.  The third year series is expected to return to the air after November sweeps.

Source: TV Week

24 Season Seven Trailer October 29, 2008 7:23 pm

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THR has gotten their hands on a two and a half minute trailer for the seventh season of the Fox hit 24.  This trailer will actually be featured at the conclusion of this November’s two-hour 24 movie.

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The new season of 24 is scheduled to premiere on Fox in January 2009.  Meanwhile, the two-hour movie, titled 24: Redemption, will air on November 23rd.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Whedon Talks “Dollhouse” October 27, 2008 12:01 pm

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It’s been quite some time since Joss Whedon updated fans on the status of the upcoming Fox show, Dollhouse, but that’s just what he did yesterday in a post over at Whedonesque.  Whedon discusses various aspects of the show, including the shut down of production and some other behind-the-scenes tidbits.  Here are some highlights from the post:

Yes, we’ve had to make adjustments. Yes, it’s been hard and I’ve been depressing to be around for awhile. Basically, the Network and I had different ideas about what the tone of the show would be. They bought something somewhat different than what I was selling them, which is not that uncommon in this business. Their desires were not surprising: up the stakes, make the episodes more stand-alone, stop talking about relationships and cut to the chase. Oh, and add a chase. That you can cut to. Nothing I hadn’t heard before on my other shows (apparently my learning curve has no bendy part) but frustrating as hell given our circumstances – a pilot shot, scripts written, everybody marching together/gainfully employed… and then a shutdown. Glad I was for the breathing room, but it’s hardly auspicious. So back into the writer cave I went, wondering why I put up with this when I can make literally dozens of dollars making internet movies.

As for what’s been changed, well, some things I obviously can’t tell you. Some I can, for the record: The original pilot was in fact thrown out. Again, at my behest. Once it became clear what paradigm the Network was shooting for, it just didn’t fit at all, even after I’d reshot more than half of it (see above re: despair). To get a sense of how completely turned around I was during this process, you should know there was a scene with Eliza and the astonishing Ashley Johnson that I wrote and shot completely differently three different times, with different characters in different places (actually I wrote it closer to eight times), and none of it will ever see air. Which is as it should be (though I’m determined to get Ms. Johnson back in the future). The scene just didn’t belong anymore. Similarly, the character of November has fallen out of the mix, because the show simply moves too fast now for me to do what I wanted with her. Season three, anyone…? Happily, Miracle Laurie is still with us in a new role, playing against (and pining for) Tahmoh’s character, Paul Ballard. Their chemistry is deeply nifty. The only other major cast shift is that the Dollhouse head of security, Laurence Dominic (played by Reed Diamond), who was written just for the now-defunct first ep, has stuck like fly-paper, and Reed is very much in the family for the present. (Most of my problems seem to involve my actors making themselves indispensable. This is the good problem kind.)

Click here to read the rest of the post.  Dollhouse is still scheduled to air on Fox this January.

Source: Whedonesque

Amy Acker Downplays “Dollhouse” Production Issues October 26, 2008 11:25 pm

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Amy Acker, co-star of Joss Whedon’s upcoming Fox series Dollhouse, told SCI FI Wire that all the publicity surrounding the recent production shut down was blown out of proportion:

“You know, we did take a little break,” Acker said in an interview earlier this month. “And I feel like it’s coming back, and everyone is just excited to be there. The first show that came back was a Steve DeKnight show; he was directing it, and it’s just really, really great. I think we just kind of had that time, because it doesn’t air until January.”

“Instead of rushing to make episodes, they thought, ‘Well, we’ve already made four, and they’re all going to be done before the first one airs,’” Acker said. “So we have the luxury to take the time and make them the way they want them.”

Source: SCI FI Wire

Fox Gives ‘Terminator’ Full Season Order October 26, 2008 10:59 pm

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Despite only average ratings, Fox has decided to give a full season order to its freshman sci-fi drama series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The back-nine order brings the show to a full 22 episodes this season, eight more than aired in last year’s strike-shortened season.

The show’s most-recent episode drew 5.7 million viewers and had a 2.3/6 rating/share among the coveted A18-49 demo.  The network had recently ordered two additional scripts from producers.

Source: THR

Fox Developing Animated Series About NASCAR; Jeff Foxworthy to Voice September 18, 2008 8:18 pm

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Fox has greenlit a new animated series focusing on a NASCAR family.  The series will be voiced by comic Jeff Foxworthy.  Fox has also announced that they’re developing a daily syndicated version of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, which Foxworthy currently hosts on the network.

Foxworthy is heading the untititled animated series, along with 10 Items or Less executive producers Nancy Hower and Lehr.  The three willa lso write and executive produce.

Source: Variety

“American Idol” Adds Kara DioGuardi As Fourth Judge August 25, 2008 2:45 pm

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Fox has announced that grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has joined American Idol has a fourth judge, sitting alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the upcoming eighth season of the show that peremieres on Fox in January 2009.

“We are turning the heat up on ‘Idol’ this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

The full press release follows after the jump.