Are you ready for next fall? Yes, we know there are still season and series finales to be aired, but we're already looking ahead to next season. On Monday, May 12, Fox released the fall 2014 schedule and we joined a conference call with Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly about the network's programming.
Scheduling strategy (You can check out the full fall schedule below.) Reilly says that Fox has gotten strategic about putting good shows where they have protection. They're really betting on the new show "Utopia," expecting it to be very "noisy" and boost "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project." For the first six weeks, "Utopia" will be airing twice a week.
As for the "Bones" move to Thursday, he notes that "it has performed where it's been," and it has been on Thursdays before. It's being paired with the 10-episode "Gracepoint," which Reilly says will be "as good as Broadchurch," and he confirms there is a new ending. (They're looking to pair "Backstrom" with "Bones" at some point.) Another event series coming to Fox is "Wayward Pines," and Reilly explains, "The potency of having something that plays out in 10 episodes and answers questions and solves mysteries really separates it from the traditional series."
High hopes for "Gotham" The Fox boss calls the new series "a show that delivers on its promise," admitting that yes, expectations are high, but he thinks they have something huge in "Gotham" and notes that "it really feels like it knows what it is." A big selling point is that these are the actual series franchise characters, but there will be new characters as well. "I am feeling very good about where we are with "Gotham,"" he assures reporters.
Right now, it has received a 16-episode order (instead of the usual 13), which shows just how strongly they feel about it. They could do more. It will have a strong serialized element, and it's off to a strong start.
"Glee's" final season The two-year pickup was due to business negotiation. After sitting down to find out where it was going, there was "a creative compelling reason to do it that way," Reilly shares. It is definitely going to be its final season, and when it does come back, the episodes will air all in a row. Right now, the order is for 22 episodes, but the plan is to sit down with Ryan Murphy and talk about how it's going to end and what's the best way to do it.
New format for "American Idol" There will be a new, more streamlined format for "Idol" next year. It will begin with the two-night format initially, during auditions, but likely will then move to the one-night, two-hour format for the rest of its season.
"Sleepy Hollow" season 2 "There's no standard order for a show anymore," Reilly insisted. "Sleepy Hollow's" second season will be 18 episodes, and almost all will air in a row. He said the first season ended on a high note and next season, it will be "really, really strong."
Here's FOX's fall 2014 schedule:
8 p.m.: "Gotham" (new)
9 p.m.: "Sleepy Hollow"
8 p.m.: "Utopia" (new)
9 p.m.: "New Girl"
9:30 p.m.: "The Mindy Project"
8 p.m.: "Hell's Kitchen"
9 p.m.: "Red Band Society" (new)
8 p.m.: "Bones"
9 p.m.: "Gracepoint" (new)
8 p.m.: "Masterchef Junior"
9 p.m.: "Utopia" (new)
7 p.m.: NFL on FOX
7:30 p.m.: "The OT"/"Bob's Burgers"
8 p.m.: "The Simpsons"
8:30 p.m.: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
9 p.m.: "Family Guy"
9:30 p.m.: "Mulaney" (new)
The following series will be joining the schedule in 2015: new series "Backstrom," "Bordertown," "Empire," "Hieroglyph," "The Last Man on Earth," "Wayward Pines," and "Weird Loners," and returning shows including "American Idol," "The Following," and "Glee."