'Enlisted' Premiere Moved Back to January 10

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September 12th, 2013

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via press release:

NEW SIBLING COMEDY “ENLISTED” TO PREMIERE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, ON FOX

BONES Followed by One Hour of Raising Hope to Air Fridays Beginning November 8

In order to take advantage of our winter sports promotional platform, new comedy ENLISTED, starring Geoff Stults (“The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), will premiere on Friday, Jan. 10 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), following all-new episodes of BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Raising Hope (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

As previously announced, BONES will make its time period premiere when the drama series moves from Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) to Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on Nov. 8.  This fall, all-new episodes of BONES will be followed by one hour of all-new, back-to-back installments of Raising Hope (9:00-9:30 PM and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), which makes its Season Four premiere on Nov. 8.

ENLISTED is a new military-set family comedy that centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep the post in order. Staff Sergeant PETE HILL (Stults) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the post in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as their platoon sergeant, Pete must serve both as Big Brother and military boss. Corporal DERRICK HILL (Lowell) is the middle brother – smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn’t really care about being a soldier. Private RANDY HILL (Young), on the other hand, loves it. Between clean-up duty at a parade, human-grease-bowling and assorted soldierly pranks, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.

Fort McGee Rear D is run by Command Sergeant Major DONALD CODY (Emmy Award winner Keith David, “Cloud Atlas,” “The Cape”), a firm but fair man who served with the brothers’ late father. Sergeant Major Cody promised to look out for them, so he brought all the brothers to the post to fulfill that promise. Also under Cody’s command is the  confident, funny, tough and beautiful Staff Sergeant JILL PEREZ (Angelique Cabral, “Friends with Benefits”), who is the same rank as Pete and leads another Rear D platoon on post, all the while challenging Pete’s decisions at every turn.

ENLISTED is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Kevin Biegel is creator and executive producer, and Mike Royce serves as an executive producer. “Like” ENLISTED on Facebook at Facebook.com/ENLISTEDonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @ENLISTEDonFOX and join the discussion using #enlisted. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @ENLISTEDonFOX.

 
  • Mon

    Raising Hope and Enlisted don’t seem like a good fit. Enlisted seems more fit with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I will try both anyway.

  • rob60990

    Expect another scheduling change in a few weeks. No way this sticks.

  • Greg

    I prefer this than having such a late fall premiere, but I’m still not hopeful. It’s a shame, Enlisted seems so promising (an army comedy! We haven’t had one of those since… MASH?).

    Hopefully Dads will have been cancelled by November, then Raising Hope can go back to Tuesdays at 8 and Enlisted can move to 9pm, with Bones as its direct lead in. Geoff Stults was in the Bones spin-off so it sounds like a good match.

  • TVMAN

    I think FOX should cancel one of XFactors days (Wed or Thurs) and replace it with Bones. Then out a repeat or somthing on Friday. But lets be honest- Enlistes would have failed after Raising Hope

  • SJ

    Oh Fox, who do you think you’re kidding? Bones ain’t moving to Fridays… So I guess the tentative plan is to double up on Hope episodes in November and December? I don’t know what to make of it.

  • CBSviewer

    So what will air on Friday at 9:30 before Enlisted Premiere ? Raising Hope will have a One-Hour Premiere and then… Repeats ?

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Bones and Raising Hope on Friday won’t happen.

    Sleepy Hollow will be gone until november and burned off on saturdays or even fridays, Dads will be canceled after 6 episodes and RH will take tuesday 8PM slot

    Also, FOX comedy night will performe worse than NBC one, I see NBC taking FOX 2nd place on 18-49, even with only 2 real hits (The Voice and football)

  • Ultima

    @CBSviewer
    So what will air on Friday at 9:30 before Enlisted Premiere?

    I would guess two new episodes of Raising Hope for the three Fridays in November and repeats at 9:30p for two weeks in December.

  • Jayme

    Nothing But Cancellation

    I would not be to quick and say Sleepy Hallow will be a bust as with Dads hard to say how well it will do i think Fox will have more issues with older series and not so much the new ones.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    I can see FOX premiering 24 earlier, they literally have nothing to do with lots of underperforming shows.

    New Girl and Glee lost 30% last season, Idol is tanking, X-Factor dead, comedy night terrible (and provably even worse this year against The Voice, SHIELD and NCIS franchise), mondays are trouble without The Following, friday ratings are at CW levels, only animation domination is solid.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    Is that a bad sign for Raising Hope ? Or Enlisted ? Maybe both :(

  • CBSviewer

    @ Nothing But Cancellation

    Sleepy Hollow will be gone until november and burned off on saturdays or even fridays

    It doesn’t mean Bones won’t move to Friday. It will maybe replace Sleepy Hollow at 9 for two or three weeks but then it will go to Friday to make room for The Following.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    @CBSviewer

    I agree, Bones is likely to be moved to fridays on mid-season, Almost Human will probably take 8PM slot and The Following takes 9PM slot

  • Ultima

    @CBSviewer
    Is that a bad sign for Raising Hope ?

    No; even with three extra episodes airing in November, Raising Hope will still have 13+ left for midseason to pair up with Enlisted and would be at a similar episode count to the Tuesday sitcoms if they want to move it back.

    Or Enlisted ?

    Probably; new fall shows being pushed back to midseason this late is usually bad (maybe the network is unhappy with the post-pilot episodes). However, it’s also possible that FOX decided the short and interrupted late fall run wasn’t worth the risk.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    Thanks !

  • Dan

    Good move, Raising Hope can air more episodes and FOX wont feel forced to order more episodes of Enlisted if they don’t have to, so they can just air the 13 episodes that they have.

    Like when NBC moved Community to midseason so they wouldnt have to produce more than 13 episodes.

  • Dan S

    Fox is the 1st network to crack & tinker with their fall lineup. With the X-Factor sinking their in for a difficult season. Hopefully RH will remain on Tues & maybe ship Dads to Fridays if its numbers stink. Enlisted looks DOA before it even premieres.

  • Dan

    @Dan S – My guess is 1 of 3 things

    FOX will air Dads & Brooklyn Nine Nine through December no matter how bad the numbers and which ever does worse will be yanked or moved, so a new series can premiere in January alongside the one that doesnt fail. Maybe Enlisted could replace Dads early on or Raising Hope can move back to Tuesdays and FOX could air something else at 8.

    FOX will replace the failing show (Likely Dads) with Raising Hope in the fall, (Air something else for an hour Fridays) then move both RH and Enlisted to Fridays January 10, and premiere a new show in January.

    Fox will air both Dads and Brooklyn Nine Nine out, order a full season of one of them (Brooklyn Nine Nine) and maybe a few eps of the other (Dads) then replace Dads with another show in midseason and air Raising Hope and Enlisted together in January.

    My guess is the third option, that they just air Dads out along with Brooklyn Nine Nine. FOX has to know that both comedies are likely to be destroyed in the ratings. The competition is Biggest Loser, SHIELD, NCIS. It has the advantage of being the only comedies but didnt have that advantage last year at 8 and 8:30. If they keep the schedule the way it is and air both Dads and BNN through January then the lower rated one can finish up and be replaced with a new comedy. My guess is one will get a full season.

  • Tom

    Fox’s Fridays continue to confuse me.

    After further review, I am going to go against the grain (and my own prior thinking): Barring complete Tuesday disaster (i.e. only New Girl is left standing), I think Enlisted stays as is on Fridays.

    Fox has been scheduling Friday with originals for too long, even with shows that should have been used elsewhere, that there has to be a reason. The only thing I can come up with is ad sales:

    1) Fox’s upfront Friday ad sale deals are written such that they have to air attached to a first run episode. So a Dads repeat will not work – Fox has to air a new episode of something.
    -and/or-
    2) Fox’s makegood agreements are written such that the second airing has to be attached to a first run episode. The best spot to air those makegoods would be Fridays, on a low hope show (Touch, Raising Hope, etc.).

    Again, this is just guesswork, but Fox has acted in such a “strange” way for so long on Fridays that there has to be some logical motive. I wouldn’t be shocked if Enlisted stays as scheduled.

  • HV

    This changes things. I was thinking that Us & Them would replace Enlisted starting in January (with Surviving Jack replacing Dads at that same time).

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