Come fall 2015, Fox's primetime lineup is going to look quite a bit different than it has in the past.
In the aftermath of its disastrous performance during the 2014-'15 TV season, the network will try to stabilize (and ultimately reverse) its recent downward spiral by launching several new programs and expanding its megahit musical soap Empire from 12 episodes to 18 episodes, all while praying that returning stalwarts like Bones, The Simpsons, and Family Guy will keep on keepin' on.
Only three members of last season's Fox freshman class — Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, and the aforementioned Empire — will return for a sophomore go-round. They'll be joined by a menu of fresh meat that features a small-screen adaptation of the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report, sitcoms starring Rob Lowe and John Stamos, and a slasher comedy called Scream Queens that hails from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, and more.
Absent from Fox's fall schedule are the recently canceled sitcom The Mindy Project, as well as its former time-slot partner New Girl, which won't return to the network's lineup until early 2016.
Also on the docket for Fox as the season continues: the 15th and final season of American Idol, a six-episode revival of The X-Files starring original series leads Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny (its premiere is set for January 24, 2016), an adaptation of the DC Comics property Lucifer, and a live production of the musical Grease.
Read on to find out what's airing when, and to watch trailers for all of Fox's new fall 2015 shows.
8 to 9 pm — Gotham
9 to 10 pm — Minority Report is based on the Steven Spielberg–directed and Tom Cruise–starring film of the same name. Set in Washington, DC, in the year 2065, the show picks up 10 years after the demise of Precrime (the law enforcement agency from the movie that was tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals before they did anything wrong) and follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past as they race to stop crime before it happens. Watch a trailer below:
8 to 8:30 pm — Uncle Jesse alert! New comedy Grandfathered stars John Stamos as the "ultimate bachelor" and man-about-town whose world is upended when he meets the adult son he didn't know he had ... and discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. Fox is promising an "unconventional, sophisticated comedy about coming of age — at any age," but only time will tell if the show can deliver. Watch a trailer below:
8:30 to 9 pm — The Grinder is a new comedy starring Rob Lowe as a former TV lawyer who decides to move back home and join his family’s law firm when his television show ends, despite having no real-life experience or education with regard to actually practicing law. Fred Savage — yes, he of The Wonder Years fame — co-stars as Lowe's brother, a legitimate attorney who isn't exactly thrilled by his sibling's TV-inspired dramatics. Watch a trailer below:
9 to 10 pm — New horror comedy Scream Queens is the latest entry in Ryan Murphy's ever-growing catalog of series that tell one story over the course of one season (he also has American Horror Story and the upcoming American Crime Story at FX). Created by Murphy and his frequent collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Scream Queens will tell a different story each season; season one centers on a college sorority house that's plagued by a masked killer and appears to involve lots of blood and bubble gum. Watch a short teaser below:
8 to 9 pm — New drama Rosewood is a fairly standard crime procedural that tells the story of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his "wildly sophisticated autopsy lab," the annoyingly optimistic doc performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues the Miami PD can’t see — all while butting heads with a female Miami PD detective who's impressed with his work but boasts "attitude and demons to spare." Prepare yourself for yet another unlikely partnership! Watch a trailer below:
9 to 10 pm — Empire
8 to 9 pm — Bones
9 to 10 pm — Sleepy Hollow
8 to 9 pm — Masterchef Junior
9 to 10 pm — World’s Funniest, which is dropping "Fails" from the end of its title, presumably so the show can feature other funniest things, America's Funniest Home Videos–style.
7 to 10:30 pm — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7 to 7:30 pm — NFL on Fox
7:30 to 8 pm (during football season) — The OT
7:30 to 8 pm (after football season) — Bob’s Burgers
8 to 8:30 pm — The Simpsons
8:30 to 9 pm — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9 to 9:30 pm — Family Guy
9:30 to 10 pm — The Last Man on Earth