Fox is the last network to announce its Fall 2008 schedule, and like ABC, it is making just a few changes.
Only two new shows (an hour each) (Fringe, a drama, and Do Not Disturb a sitcom) are being introduced in Fall 2008. That compares to and six shows (K-Ville, Back To You, Kitchen Nightmares, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Next Great American Band, Nashville), comprising five and a half hours, introduced in Fall 2007.
Only two of the shows from last Fall (Kitchen Nightmares, Don't Forget the Lyrics) survive for a second season, but Fox has Moment of Truth and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles coming back from a successful spring.
Fox's amount of unscripted programming (at 8 of 15 hours the highest % of any network) remains constant, but Moment of Truth moves in and the failed Next Great American Band moves out. In fact, removing the Sunday night animation block, Fox has only 6 hours a week programmed with shows written by WGA writers.
I like Fox's scheduled programming to do much better than it did last Fall, where its positive momentum was largely due to its ML baseball playoff numbers. With only 2 new shows, I don't see much potential for downside like last Fall. I still think it will take a back seat to CBS in total viewers, and ABC in total viewers and the age demos for the Fall, but the network should be in a better position at mid-season, when 24 and American Idol are set to return.
Fox Fall 2007 Schedule Shows vs. Fall 2008 Schedule Shows
|8-9p||PRISON BREAK||TERMINATOR:SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES|
|8-8:30p||BACK TO YOU||BONES (8-9p)|
|8:30-9p||TIL DEATH||TIL DEATH (9-9:30p)|
|9-10p||KITCHEN NIGHTMARES||DO NOT DISTURB|
|8-9p||ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?||THE MOMENT OF TRUTH|
|9-10p||DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS||KITCHEN NIGHTMARES|
|8-9p||NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND||ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?|
|9-10p||NASHVILLE||DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS|
|9-10p||AMERICA'S MOST WANTED||AMERICA'S MOST WANTED|
|7-8p||THE O.T.||THE O.T.|
|8:30-9p||KING OF THE HILL||KING OF THE HILL|
|9-9:30p||FAMILY GUY||FAMILY GUY|
|9:30-10p||AMERICAN DAD||AMERICAN DAD|
Shows in BOLD CAPS are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2007 shows in strikethrough did not return.
The shows scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later are: American Idol, 24, Dollhouse, Secret Millionaire, Sit Down, Shut Up, The Cleveland Show, and a TBA comedy.
I didn't think it was worthwhile to compare the announced Winter 2009 and future schedules to this years for two reasons. One, this years Winter and Spring schedules were somewhat cobbled together in response to the writers strike. Two, schedules announced so far in advance have a habit of changing.
6/5 Update: Here are the premiere dates for the Fox Fall schedule.