Mondays will go on being a showcase “for big bold dramas” that have benefited from the promo power of Sunday Night football, with Lucifer moving to 8/7c, followed by “the big cinematic and accessible” family-adventure drama The Gifted, their first Marvel series, starring Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple who take their kids on the run after learning that they have mutant powers
Comedy comes next as Lethal Weapon relocates to Tuesdays at 8/7c as a powerful lead-in to The Mick, which Walden raved about. “We are big believers in The Mick and [star] Kaitlin Olson has been amazing.” She went on to say that the net “sees enormous potential” for the comedy and plans to put “everything we can behind” it, including returning comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which closes the night.
Wednesdays are music-soap night, with Lee Daniels’ Empire and Star, “a young show we believe in,” said Walden, teaming up for what is probably the most sensible pairing.
On Thursdays, Gotham is expected to bring its “really loyal, male” fanbase (Walden heaped on the praise for its ability to previously “hold its own” against Big Bang Theory and Monday Night Football) to Thursdays, where Season 4
With the renewal of The Exorcist, its Friday pairing with Hell’s Kitchen will stay intact and seemingly play off the idea that both shows have a devil running loose. One is just in a chef’s jacket. Saturdays will be reruns and football as usual, and on Sundays, the animation block is getting a live-action interloper in the form of Ghosted, the paranomal-hunters comedy co-starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation). That newbie will be bookended by The Simpsons and The Family Guy.
As for mid-season, Gary Newman touted the returns of The X-Files and New Girl, as well as the “distinctive medical drama” The Resident starring Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Revenge) and Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire) as three doctors “at different stages of their careers.” There will also be the new Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk series 9-1-1 with Angela Bassett about the crazy lives of first responders, and LA to Vegas, set on a commuter plane that flies between to two cities. This one, from executive producers Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (The Boss) has our interest piqued, as Newman has declared that star Dylan McDermott gives “the performance surprise of the season.”
24: Legacy or Prison Break. Walden said that PB is “something we’d love to do again,” but noted that it was never in the plan to bring the limited-event series back every season. And 24‘s reboot is “very much still in the mix,” it was just that star Corey Hawkins is tied up doing Broadway right now, so that made scheduling any return difficult. Scream Queens, however, is dead. “We have no plans to go back,” she said of the Ryan Murphy anthological horror-com.
FOX FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT)
8:00-9:00 PM LUCIFER
9:00-10:00 PM THE GIFTED (new)
8:00-9:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON
9:00-9:30 PM THE MICK
9:30-10:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8:00-9:00 PM EMPIRE
9:00-10:00 PM STAR
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORVILLE (new)
8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 PM THE EXORCIST
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / BOB’S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTED (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
NBC’s Fall Schedule (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET):
8-10 P.M. — The Voice
10-11 P.M. — THE BRAVE
8-9 P.M. — The Voice
9-9:30 P.M. — Superstore
9:30-10 P.M. — The Good Place
10-11 P.M. — Chicago Fire
8-9 P.M. — The Blacklist
9-10 P.M. — Law & Order: SVU
10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.
8-8:30 P.M. — WILL & GRACE
8:30-9 P.M. — Great News
9-10 P.M. — This Is Us
10-11 P.M. — LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
8-9 P.M. — Blindspot
9-10 P.M. — Taken
10-11 P.M — Dateline NBC
8-10 P.M. —Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 P.M. — Saturday Night Live (encores)
7-8:20 P.M. — Football Night in America
8:20-11 P.M. — NBC Sunday Night Football
Here are the synopses for the new NBC fall series:
NEW DRAMA SERIES
From Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of Homeland) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world. The cast includes Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal.
When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. From executive producer Jenna Bans (Scandal) comes this comedy-infused drama that mixes a little Thelma & Louise with a bit of Breaking Bad. The cast includes Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard.
LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Edie Falco (“The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie), this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.
From Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi, Person of Interest), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself. The cast includes Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kathryn Morris.
From Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story. The cast includes Radnor, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett and Shirley Rumierk.
NEW COMEDY SERIES
When a philosophy scholar loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit. The cast includes Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Nick Peine and guest star Vanessa Bayer (pilot only).
Vince, a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Mindy Kaling), one of his old high school flings. The cast includes Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, Nina Wadia and guest star Kaling.
WILL & GRACE
That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.