Here is FOX’s schedule for fall 2018. New shows are in italics.
|7 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||8 p.m.||8:30 p.m.||9 p.m.||9:30 p.m.|
|Monday||The Resident (new time period)||9-1-1 (new time period)|
|Tuesday||The Gifted (new time period)||Lethal Weapon (new time period)|
|Thursday||Thursday Night Football pregame||Thursday Night Football|
|Friday||Last Man Standing||The Cool Kids||Hell’s Kitchen|
|Saturday||FOX College Football|
|Sunday||NFL overruns||Repeats/The OT||The Simpsons||Bob’s Burgers (new time period)||Family Guy||Rel|
FOX’s fall schedule is a tale of two halves.
The first three days of the week are populated entirely by returning dramas. Several have shifted time periods, but “The Resident” remains on Monday — paired with “9-1-1,” FOX’s best-performing new series in 2017-18 — and Wednesday mainstays “Empire” and “Star” are staying put.
FOX says “9-1-1” will premiere Sunday, Sept. 23 after an NFL doubleheader, then move to its regular home the following night.
The rest of the week is all about football — and what FOX thinks people who watch football will also watch. The network acquired rights to the NFL’s Thursday primetime games, and the rest of the week is devoted entirely to comedies and one unscripted show, “Hell’s Kitchen” (and more football; FOX airs college games on Saturday nights).
FOX’s big comedy acquisition, “Last Man Standing,” is moving into the same Friday time period it occupied for several years at ABC, leading into a new show, “The Cool Kids.” It’s a move that should strengthen Fridays — “Hell’s Kitchen” (which moves back to 9 p.m.) and “The Exorcist” averaged a 0.6 rating together in fall 2017.
But with no comedies in reserve for the back half of the season, FOX better hope the new strategy works. The network’s other new comedy, “Rel,” will follow “Family Guy” on Sunday nights.
Season 2 of “The Orville” will debut Sunday, Dec. 30 following an NFL doubleheader, then will settle into Thursdays in January. The fifth and final year for “Gotham” will also air in the back half of the season, as will a pair of new dramas, “The Passage” and “Proven Innocent.” “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” a follow-up to 2014’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” is set to air in spring 2019.