Upfront 2013: FOX
“We’re making the biggest investment in original programming in our history to ensure that FOXcontinues to engage viewers and move the culture more than any other entertainment brand,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, yesterday, at the network’s Upfront presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York. While he admitted that last year was not Fox’s best, he trumpeted what he called the “year-round original programming” that will makes up FOX’s primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season.
Jack is back! Kiefer Sutherland returns as Jack Bauer in the compressed, 12-hour event series 24: Live Another Day. The show retains its original real-time format with 12 episodes representing 24 hours and is set to debut in the summer of 2014.
- Dads (from 20th Century Fox Television and Fuzzy Door Productions) stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as successful gaming entrepreneurs and childhood best friends whose lives get turned upside down when their fathers move in.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (produced by Universal Television) focuses on a hotshot detective (former SNL’er Andy Samberg), who gets a new Captain (Andre Braugher) with a lot to prove.
- Enlisted (from 20th Century Fox Television) is an irreverent but heartfelt comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them.
- An action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, Almost Human (from Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions and Bonanza Productions Inc.) focuses on a time when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
- Sleepy Hollow (from 20th Century Fox Television and K/O Paper Products) is modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane.
- Kids take over the kitchen in Junior MasterChef [wt] (from Shine America and One Potato Two Potato), a culinary competition series for kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook.
- Gang Related (from 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment, Chris Morgan Productions and Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions) is a gritty action-drama centered on Detective Ryan Lopez, a former gang member turned rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force.
- Rake (Sony Pictures Television, Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd.) follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane.
- Animated comedy series Murder Police (from 20th Century Fox Television and Bento Box Animation) follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues in a twisted city precinct.
- Surviving Jack (from Warner Bros. Television, Doozer) is an ensemble series is about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man.
- Us & Them (from Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide Productions) focuses on a pair of young lovers whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up people closest to them.
- Wayward Pines (from FX Productions) is an intense, mind-bending thriller starring Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent unraveling a mystery in an Idaho town in which nothing is what it seems. The show is set to premiere in 2014.