Here is FOX’s schedule for fall 2017. All times are ET/PT, and new shows are in italics. Highlights and analysis are below the grid.
|7 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||8 p.m.||8:30 p.m.||9 p.m.||9:30 p.m.|
|Monday||Lucifer (new time period)||The Gifted|
|Tuesday||Lethal Weapon (new night)||The Mick||Brooklyn Nine-Nine|
|Wednesday||Empire (new time period)||Star|
|Thursday||Gotham (new night)||The Orville|
|Friday||Hell’s Kitchen||The Exorcist|
|Saturday||FOX College Football|
|Sunday||NFL overruns||The OT/Bob’s Burgers||The Simpsons||Ghosted||Family Guy||The Last Man on Earth|
FOX is taking a restrained approach to launching new series in the fall, similar to NBC’s strategy. Also like NBC, several veteran shows are moving to new times or nights.
That includes the network’s highest-rated series, “Empire.” It moves to the leadoff spot on Wednesdays, where it will lead into Lee Daniels’ other show “Star.”
“Lucifer” is also moving up an hour on Mondays, where it will lead into new series “The Gifted.” It will also create an odd situation where a show based on a DC Comics property leads into one from Marvel — “The Gifted” is about a family whose kids start to exhibit mutant abilities, a la the X-Men.
“Gotham” decamps to Thursdays to serve as a lead-in for the network’s other new hour-long show, Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi show “The Orville.” FOX chairman Dana Walden says the network sees a chance to capture some younger male viewers on the night (those who aren’t watching football, anyway). “The Orville” will also premiere following a couple of NFL Sunday doubleheaders before landing on Thursdays.
Finally, “Lethal Weapon” moves to the Tuesday lead-off spot, where it should help the night. It will lead into “The Mick” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Friday is the same as last fall with “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The Exorcist,” and Sunday is mostly intact, with new comedy “Ghosted” following “The Simpsons.”
The final season of “New Girl,” a new installment of “The X-Files,” and new shows “The Resident,” “LA to Vegas” and “9-1-1” from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are on deck for later in the season.
“24: Legacy” isn’t on the schedule, in part due to star Corey Hawkins being on Broadway in “Six Degrees of Separation.” Newman and Walden both say it could still return, but it was never the plan to try to return it in the fall. “Scream Queens” is canceled.