Why FOX is Smarter than a Fifth Grader

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There’s a reason FOX is our favorite network. Whether they’re taking a chance on a group of unknown high school gleeks, or continue to be the only major network to put the time and energy into crafting creative press screeners, the simple fact of the matter is this: They try harder.

Take this summer for example. Unlike their main competition — who seem only too happy to sit back and cede valuable primetime real estate, not to mention record ratings and profits to cable networks such as USA and TNT — FOX has decided to try something radical. Rather than continue to pass off the usual mix of reruns and reality as must see summer TV (Yes, we’re talking to you NBC), Kevin Reilly (Entertainment President, FOX Broadcasting Company) and Co. are… brace yourself… actually going to offer up shows that viewers will be interested in. Crazy, right?


Thus, joining summer mainstays SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and HELL’s KITCHEN, along with GLEE and the new Tyler Labine laugher SONS OF TUCSON (both of which will run into June) are two reasons to stay home Monday evenings this summer: LIE TO ME and THE GOOD GUYS.

And while the Shawn Ryan executive produced LIE TO ME is simply a victim of the network’s success, having anxiously been waiting in the wings due to a lack of available time slots since December, where things get really interesting is with the network’s newest offering. THE GOOD GUYS is Matt Nix’s first high profile post-BURN NOTICE project and stars Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING) and Colin Hanks (MAD MEN) as mismatched cops. In other-words, far from your usual summer burn-off-fare.

Which is why we wanted to take this opportunity to applaud the network and let them know where we’ll be Monday nights this summer: Plopped firmly on our couch watching FOX! ABC, CBS, the CW and NBC might want to take note.

FOX 2010 SUMMER SCHEDULE
MONDAY
Mondays, beginning June 7:
8PM: LIE TO ME (Summer Premiere)
98PM: THE GOOD GUYS (Series Premiere)
 
TUESDAY
Tuesday, June 1:
8PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
9PM: GLEE
 
Tuesday, June 8:
8PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
9PM: GLEE (Season Finale)
 
Tuesdays, beginning June 15:
8PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
 
WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, May 19:
8PM: THE GOOD GUYS (Series Preview)
9PM: AMERICAN IDOL
 
Wednesdays, June 2 and 9:
8PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
 
Wednesdays, beginning June 16:
8PM: GLEE (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)
9PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Time Period Premiere)
 
THURSDAY
Thursdays, beginning May 27:
8PM: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season Premiere)
 
Thursdays, beginning June 10:
8PM: HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)
 
FRIDAY
Friday, May 28:
8PM: PAST LIFE (Two-Hour Summer Premiere)
 
Fridays, June 4 and 11: 
8PM: PAST LIFE (Time Period Premiere)
9PM: HOUSE (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)
 
Fridays, beginning June 18:
8PM: BONES (Time Period Premiere) (Encores)
9PM: HOUSE (Encores)

SATURDAY
Saturdays (no change to lineup):
8PM: COPS
9PM: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
11PM: THE WANDA SYKES SHOW
Midnight: ANIMATION DOMINATION (Encores)
 
SUNDAY
Sundays, beginning June 6:
7:00-9:30PM: ANIMATION DOMINATION
9:30PM: SONS OF TUCSON

Photo Credit: Joe Viles/FOX

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  • Nick

    Good thing FOX is keeping Glee encores on throughout the summer. I’ve had a continual schedule conflict since it began and I really want to see the shows (on my TV….not ruining my eyes , uncomfortably seated at my computer screen).

    Besides an occasional Sunday cartoon, however, I watch zero on FOX anymore–and I’m certainly in their desired demo. Dance? Karaoke? Chef? Reality? Please tell me you didn’t call this your favorite network, TVA.

  • Paula

    Most of my favorite shows are on FOX. Glee is my absolute favorite show on TV. I also love Bones and Fringe and I think Gordan Ramsey is very entertaining. I’m seriously sick of American Idol, though.

  • Uh, I do believe the other networks have already been talking about their summer plans. They just have placed them on the schedule yet.

  • Krystal

    What in the hell is that on Bradley Whitford’s face?!?! I need to go watch The West Wing now to get this disturbing image out of my head.

  • Josh Emerson

    Call me crazy, but most of my favorite shows are on NBC. You can’t beat Chuck, 30 Rock, and The Office, along with the show that keeps getting better, Community.

    The Fox summer line-up doesn’t appeal to me. But most of the networks’ summer programming doesn’t. I miss The 4400 on USA.

  • TVFan

    While I wouldn’t say Fox is my favorite network (ABC FTW!) I will be supporting the network this summer on Monday nights and hope this trend is something the rest of the nets pay attention too.

    Wouldn’t it be nice, for instance, if networks didn’t just cancel a show like say Dollhouse, but rather run it in the summer where expectations and ratings don’t need to be that high?