FOX’s 2019-20 programming lineup is becoming more and more clear.
Announced this afternoon, the network has officially handed out series orders for six new shows, all of which are currently set to premiere in the 2019-20 season. The new titles are the Stephen Dorff-led “Deputy,” “neXt,” “Prodigal Son,” an untitled drama from Annie Weisman and Jason Katims, “Outmatched,” and the animated comedy, “The Great North.”
These six titles join the animated comedies, “Duncanville” and “Bless the Harts,” both of which had previously been given straight-to-series orders.
Notably, the 2019-20 season will be FOX’s first as an independent broadcaster, following 20th Century Fox’s merger with Disney earlier this year. Half of the above shows are coming from the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV (“neXt,” “Outmatched,” “The Great North”), while the other half are coming from separate studios and producers.
Created by Will Beall, with the pilot directed by David Ayer, “Deputy” is a modern cop drama with the spirit of a classic Western that follows a fifth-generation lawman when he is forced to become the Los Angeles County Sheriff, following the death of his predecessor. More comfortable taking down bad guys in the field than wading into the sea of politics, the new sheriff leads a skilled team of ambitious and complex human beings, all of whom won’t rest until justice is served.
In one of the season’s biggest talent deals, the series stars Stephen Dorff in the lead role, alongside Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and more.
Starring “Mad Men” alum, John Slattery, “neXt” is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence, which combines its action with a layered examination of how technology continues to transform us and our society in ways we can’t possibly begin to understand yet. The show’s cast also includes Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlowe, and more.
Offering a new take on the classic crime genre, “Prodigal Son” follows the relationship between a skilled criminal psychologist and his serial killer father. It stars Michael Sheen and Tom Payne in the lead roles, alongside Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, and Aurora Perrineau.
Based on the Australian TV series, “Sisters,” the network’s untitled new drama from Annie Weisman and Jason Katims follows an only child whose life is turned upside down the day her father reveals that, throughout his career as a fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children. It stars Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment, Mustafa Elzein, Timothy Hutton, Mo McRae, and Victoria Cartagena.
Created by Lon Zimmet, “Outmatched” is a multi-camera family comedy about a blue-collar couple living in South Jersey doing their best to get by and raise four kids, three of whom are certified geniuses. It stars Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and more.
Meanwhile, “The Great North” is a new animated comedy from the “Bob’s Burgers” creative team of Loren Bouchard, Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, and Minty Lewis. It follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as single dad Beef does his best to keep his weird group of kids close, even as the artistic dreams of his only daughter, Judy, lead her away from the family fishing boat and towards the glamorous world of the local mall.
Its voice cast includes Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Will Forte, Aparna Nancherla, and Dulcé Sloan.
The four new dramas and two comedies now join the several FOX veteran titles that have already been renewed for next season, including “The Resident,” “9-1-1,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Last Man Standing,” and “Empire.”
Of the network’s 2018-19 lineup as well, only “The Gifted” and “REL” have been canceled up to this point, while a handful of shows are still hanging in limbo, waiting to be either canceled or renewed.