FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special Celebrates The Network’s First Quarter-Century Sunday, April 22

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April 17th, 2012

via press release:



Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal and David Faustino Reunite to Salute “Married With Children”;

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama Reminisce about “That ’70s Show”;

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans Look Back on “In Living Color”


Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler from AMERICAN IDOL; Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris and

Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Seth MacFarlane from FAMILY GUY, THE CLEVELAND SHOW and AMERICAN DAD; Kiefer Sutherland from TOUCH and “24”; and

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files” Among Talent Scheduled to Appear

FOX’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will take an entertaining look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have defined the network since its first signal transmission on April 5, 1987. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the star-studded special will pay tribute to FOX’s most memorable moments with appearances by FOX talent, highlights from iconic series and specials and reunions with cast members from some of the network’s fan-favorite series. Talent scheduled to appear include Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler from AMERICAN IDOL; Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Seth MacFarlane from FAMILY GUY, THE CLEVELAND SHOW and AMERICAN DAD; Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal from “Married With Children”; Kiefer Sutherland from TOUCH and “24”; and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files.” The two-hour special will air Sunday, April 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
  • jcoop

    25 years and a lot of dead shows in its wake.

  • Marcus

    Nothing for The Simpsons?

  • TomSFBay

    Wow, hard to believe it’s been 25 years. It seems like just yesterday that I tuned into the likes of “Married…with Children”, “In Living Color”, the early years of “The Simpsons”, and “90210”. Fox was the young and hip network when I was growing up. Seeing how far it has come just makes me feel old.

    I remember when Fox came on the air, most of their programs were quite terrible (e.g. “Women in Prison”, “Get a Life”, and “Babes” come to mind). Most of it was obviously of a lower-quality, but also more cutting edge (i.e. raunchy) than the traditional broadcasters, but little by little, they found success.

    To think they were able to penetrate the big 3 broadcasters was unimaginable when they started, yet that is exactly what they did. I recall way back in the late 80’s, then dominant NBC loved to poke fun at Fox in the media, to which Fox responded at ten-fold (the Al Bundy character bashed NBC in several episodes, and In Living Color skit “Men on….” referred to NBC as “Nothing But Cosby”, bashing “The Golden Girls” by having Antwon say “Who cares about three old heiffers in a house”).

  • TyGuy

    How about 25 years and too many shows cancelled too quickly namely: Chicago Code,
    Millennium, Lie To Me, Human Target, Arrested Development, Brimstone, Dark Angel,
    Dollhouse, and worst of all Firefly.

    And there more…

  • dave

    and Terra Nova, maybe Alcatraz, maybe Fringe and Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles

  • marsinvestigations1

    Clearly you guys are too young to remember the canceled shows pre-2000-2012…

    Every network leaves a slew of canceled shows in the dust come up fronts — FOX just gets bashed for canceling a lot of genre programming. They also GREENLIGHT a lot more genre programming than the other networks.

    If you compare the FOX network to the other big hitters (ABC/NBC/CBS/TheWB/UPN (now CW)) they cancel just as many shows as FOX (sometimes more — because they program more hours each week) but often those shows have much less vocal fan bases to whine about it.

    FOX has killed many programs I’ve loved but let’s be honest — most of them were the result of limited viewership and interest. There are a few that they can be blamed for horribly screwing up (Firefly, Wonderfalls, etc…) which seemed doomed from the start with piss poor marketing, scheduling issues, etc. but in the case of Arrested Development, Terminator: TSCC etc… they can’t be blamed for not trying. Viewers were just NOT THERE when they aired these programs — and most of the people who love to bash FOX for canceling their beloved shows didn’t even know about or watch them when they were on. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone singing the praises of a canceled show 3-5 years AFTER it was canceled only to find out they didn’t watch it when it was airing I’d be rich.

    “Stupid FOX canceled my Arrested Development.” “When did you start watching it?” “Oh, two months ago. It’s on netflix…”

    Arrested Development seems to have developed a FAMILY GUY-esque post-cancellation surge of popularity (FG was surprisingly unpopular the first 3 seasons it aired — it wasn’t until the reruns on adult swim performed very well that FOX was willing to take a chance on ordering new episodes). The episodes of Arrested Development available on DVD and Netflix have ushered in a slew of new fans — most of whom never watched the show when it was airing (for the record — it had lots of buzz and a strong early sampling — but viewership decreased steadily over time). I have no doubt it will probably be very profitable for Netflix when it launches new episodes in 2013 — but to imply FOX killed the show is unrealistic. They gave it many opportunities to find an audience and tried very hard to make it work for them. Anyone who followed the ratings could see just how terrible they got by the 3rd season. Viewers were not interested in that type of comedy yet. Just like Family Guy — it was a few years ahead of it’s time. It would be a perfect fit on NBC 2006-2012 era — but it was too fresh and different for FOX. It turned people off. Reminds me of My So-Called Life — which was so heartbreakingly honest it made viewers uncomfortable. It took cancellation and subsequent reruns on MTV for it to find an audience — almost a year too late. It just came too early. Just a few years shy of the WB teen dramas it preceded. The audience for that type of show wasn’t looking for it yet and the target audience wasn’t able to find it.

  • Chris

    Quite a milestone for FOX and sounds interesting, but nothing for Melrose Place or Malcolm in the Middle? And I’d love to see the cast of Party of Five reunite.

  • Marcus

    Space: Above and Beyond

  • Marcus

    Futurama (luckily Comedy Central saved it)

  • Grace

    [H]OUSE?????? I thought Hugh Laurie was suppose to be there.

  • steve

    did not see star trek next generation on special what’s up with that?

  • tchamp

    Shame on FOX for ignoring Futurama and Star Trek Next Generation. FOX and Apple should marry each other and become the most evil sell outs in history. It’s all about money huh you cash sucking losers?

  • Buddy G

    Star Trek: TNG was never a Fox series. You might have saw it on a Fox affiliate in your area.

    It’s too bad the 25th Anniversary special didn’t talk or display all of their shows, such as Alien Nation, Human Target, Herman’s Head, Duet/Open House, etc. As somebody said in an earlier post, Futurama, which I don’t remembered being mentioned.

    I saw somewhere that there was supposed to be a sound bite from actor Patrick Warburton (currently on Rules of Engagement) talking about being on The Tick. What happen to that?

    Fox should have really celebrated the network by showing an episode of previous series, maybe for a couple of weeks that would lead into the 2-hour special. I know — expensive and contractual nightmare, but it would have been fun and make 25th years of Fox really special. Just imagine, an episode of Firefly on Fox again. Oh well.

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