Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates: THE GIFTED, LUCIFER, EMPIRE and More

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Fox is kicking off the fall season in early September with the premiere of the new comedy series THE ORVILLE after the NFL doubleheader. The network’s premieres will continue until early October, when new Marvel series THE GIFTED will be the last premiere to air.

Midseason shows airing on the network will include 9-1-1 (new series),  THE RESIDENT (new series – watch trailer),  LA TO VEGAS (new series – watch trailer), THE X-FILES (10 episode event series), and NEW GIRL (final shortened season).

Sunday, Sept. 10, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader
8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 1 – watch trailer)

Sunday, Sept. 17, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader
8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 2)

Tuesday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00 p.m. LETHAL WEAPON (Season Two Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. THE MICK (Season Two Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Five Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. EMPIRE (Season Four Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. STAR (Season Two Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 p.m. GOTHAM (Season Four Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. THE ORVILLE (Time Period Series Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 29
8:00-9:00 p.m. HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 17 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. THE EXORCIST (Season Two Premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 1
7:30-8:00 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS (Season Eight Premiere)
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE SIMPSONS (Season 29 Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. GHOSTED (Series Premiere – watch trailer)
9:00-9:30 p.m. FAMILY GUY (Season 15 Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Season Four Premiere)

Monday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 p.m. LUCIFER (Season Three Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. THE GIFTED (Series Premiere – watch trailer)

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Recap: No Hot Tamales Here

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The latest episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE featured the second round of Los Angeles auditions. The opening montage featured plenty of screaming from a recently-returned Mary Murphy, as well as Cat Deeley’s promise that the “best dance show on television is back and better than ever.” Between all of that build-up and the level of talent present in the season premiere, expectations were high. Unfortunately, this group of dancers didn’t quite live up to the hype. Were there some praiseworthy moments? Sure. Was a second hour of Los Angeles auditions really necessary if this was that second hour? That’s…not quite as certain. Check out our SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recap to see where it all went “meh.”

The afternoon’s first audition came courtesy of Tristen and Jensen from Provo, Utah.

When former hip hop student Tristen was twelve, he was given the opportunity to dance with a cute eleven-year-old by the name of Jensen Arnold. If the last name Arnold and the mention of ballroom dance are giving you a sense of deja vu, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you: Jensen happens to be the younger sister of Lindsay Arnold, who was a part of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE in season 9.

Nigel Lythgoe recognized Jensen as Lindsay’s sister right away, and Mary quipped that Jensen might even be wearing her sister’s dress. After that weird exchange, Nigel wanted to know if there was any romance between the two dance partners. Tristen’s denial seemed to be of the “doth protest too much” variety. Take that as you will.

The couple did a samba as their audition piece, and I thanked all the dance gods that Mary Murphy was here to explain it all. My thoughts were basically of the “whoa, fast feet!” and “ok, but I’m not feeling any chemistry here” variety.

Judges’ comments: Mary was first to speak (as she should be), and she wasn’t totally impressed with the couple’s connections (or lack thereof). “Some of the connections weren’t quite there as nice and tight — especially the ending. You know you always want to end that final position.” Vanessa Hudgens called Jensen a star and said she sparkled — even called her adorable — so those happy pills from the first round of Los Angeles auditions were still going strong. Nigel said girls like Jensen were what got him into dancing.

The verdict: Despite the complete lack of chemistry, the steps were enough. The judges were unanimous in advancing Tristen and Jensen to The Academy.

Cody Ostrenga was the next dancer to audition, but first we had to see some…horseback gun-slinging video or something.

Seriously, internet: Was this whole “western film” by Nigel Lythgoe really a good use of time and advertisers’ dollars? I’m going with no. Not. At. All.

He has “the deadliest hips in the west,” really? Sure, Jan.

Cody’s plan to do a belly dancing and hip hop fusion for his audition was almost as strange as Nigel’s “film.” On top of the trip to the wild west and the interesting getup, Cody was given time to tell SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE viewers all about how he learned to dance: He hid in his room to watch Britney Spears and Shakira and taught himself. Somewhere underneath of all of the — well — mockery, there was a message about pursuing your passion and being yourself. Unfortunately, the setup was just too ridiculous for any such meaning to come across.

Then, there was the dancing. It was…well. Entertaining, at least? I guess?

Judges’ comments: Mary was surprised that Cody could actually belly dance, but she realized that he didn’t have enough skills to make a “real fusion with hip hop and belly dancing.” Vanessa thought he could improve with the right training. Meanwhile, Nigel applauded Cody’s courage for what he’d done in his life — forget about the guts it took to actually audition with that.

The verdict: Mary Murphy said it was a no from her (glory, amen). Vanessa let Cody down easily, saying he should keep training because what he did was “so beautiful” (um, ok but no). And Nigel didn’t really give a yes or a no, but it was obvious what he was thinking.

Back to the ranch, buddy.

After Cody’s failure, Cat thought maybe we needed “someone with a pure hip hop pedigree.” Enter Sade Keinu Austin from Brooklyn, New York.

Sade started dancing when she was two years old, and both of her parents were her inspiration. Her father, Buddha Stretch, choreographed for the likes of Michael Jackson (!!!) and Mariah Carey. Her mother danced for Mariah.

Sade Keinu Austin’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE audition was amazing. Internal monologue: “yas, waacking, yas.” That’s really all there is to say about that.

Judges’ comments:Nigel was all about Sade’s energy, calling her “a little ball of dyanmite.” Mary said she was “on fire” and complimented her precision, then set Sade up for some name-dropping on her mom’s behalf. Cue Nigel calling Mom up on stage to dance.

Of course. It’s not SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE without the dancers’ parents getting a chance to show their stuff, too. (10/10 for the mother-daughter butt bumps.)

The verdict: Vanessa didn’t really get a chance to spew glitter and rainbows, but all three judges held up tickets to The Academy. So, that answers that.

Matthew Deloch was the first contemporary dancer of “Los Angeles Auditions #2,” and I wanted to vomit all over whoever thought putting him in sneakers for his introductory package was a good idea.

Way to make the feet looked flexed, whether they’re stretched or not. Ugh.

Anyway.

Matthew’s grandmother put him in dance classes when he was two years old, and he cried about it every day. “She said I could cry all I want, but I’m also going to dance.” He didn’t fall in love with dance until he was twelve and went to a performing arts school that “wasn’t just dance.” Somehow, though, Matthew’s only eighteen years old but has watched SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE since the series’ first season.

Numbers break!

SYTYCD is in its fourteenth season. One (awful) year featured two different seasons. Add everything up, and that means season one aired twelve years ago. Matthew would have been six at the time, but he didn’t stop crying about having to go to dance classes until he was about eight. Mathematically, that means he’s either caught up online or was watching a reality dance competition at a time when he…hated dancing so much that he cried about it. But auditioning for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is a dream come true.

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Let’s just stick to dance.

Take very high leaps, very controlled pirouettes and very calm, cool choreography that doesn’t quite fit the music. Add the desire for just a bit more tension and a little bit of emotion, and you’ve got Matthew’s audition. It was lovely in an unexpected way and mostly technically sound. But I just needed a lot more. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has featured some insane contemporary dancers over the years, and most of them managed to be equal parts trained and passionate. Matthew was clearly a winner when it came to technique, but the passion…Well. Maybe being forced to dance as a little boy just didn’t allow him to develop that side of things quite so well.

Judges’ comments: Nigel asked Matthew if he’s ever counted how my pirouettes he can do. His record? Seventeen. (Isaac Lupien — Eldon from THE NEXT STEP — can do at least 30. Just saying.) Pirouette bragging out of the way, Nigel complimented the dancer’s “amazing center” and “terrific elevation,” but he “wanted to feel a little bit more.” (Same, Nasty Nigel. Same.) Mary Murphy called it “mind-blowing” and was particularly impressed with those weightless leaps. Vanessa agreed with Nigel (and yours truly) that Matthew needed to deliver more emotion. “But, like, man, are you a good dancer.”

The verdict: Grandma gets thanks for keeping Matthew in dance because he’s going to The Academy.

Contemporary montage!

My crack. Meanwhile, how are we at the thirty-minute mark with zero hot tamales?

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Recap: Welcome Home, Mary Murphy

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE season 14 began with the first round of this year’s Los Angeles auditions. The reality dance competition series has (thankfully) returned to a more traditional format. The “Stage vs. Street” and “Next Generation” gimmicks are dead, hopefully for good. What’s left is, as series host Cat Deeley put it, the show we all “know and love.” And speaking of something SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE viewers all know and love? Perhaps the best part of  the new season’s return to the SYTYCD of old is its corresponding return of a familiar face. For the first time in almost three years, Mary Murphy was back at the judges’ table, bringing along her screams and plenty of tickets for the series’ talented dancers to take on her trademarked hot tamale train.

Welcome home, Mary Murphy. You’ve been missed. It would have been impossible, even with the massive amount of talent auditioning for this new season, to consider anything a return to form without you. Now, let’s take a trip on that train in search of this season’s hot tamales.

Just getting started.

We all know the drill by now. Episodes of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE that feature auditions tend to start out with sweeping shots of the dancers, lined up and waiting for their chance to show their stuff. The season 14 premiere was no exception. Even in these short clips, it was obvious that there was a lot of talent and a lot of heart, just waiting to be put on full display.

After the opening montage, it was time to take a trip to the judges’ table, where Mary Murphy was taking shots of the crowd on her phone. As excited as everyone is to have her back, it looked like she was just as happy to be there. Before the first dancer of the day had his chance to take the stage, Mary let out her first “WOOO!!!” since season 11.

If that moment didn’t bring tears to your eyes (to accompany the ringing in your ears), make sure to leave some comments that will teach me how to turn off the feelings…

First contestant: Mark Villaver.

As is SYTYCD tradition, Mark had a chance to share his backstory with Cat Deeley and, by extension, the viewers at home. On the one hand, he had this weird, almost egotistical, air about him in one of the clips. On the other, he was almost bashful with Cat. And his story about his single, deaf mother — who also happened to be a street dancer — raising him was just the kind of feel-good stuff this series is known for. In other words, there was no way of knowing exactly what to think of Mark before he actually danced.

Cat Deeley, on the other hand, was as on-point as always and knew just how to handle this guy. When Mark said he loved being on television and dancing, she responded with, “you’ve hit the bullseye with our show.” Love it.

When asked about his style of dance, Mark rambled about expressing himself and came up with “thera — therapeutic” as a name for his hybrid breaking and contemporary style. Then, he wasted time by “teaching” the judges some moves; so, by the time Mark finally danced, yours truly was already like, “ok, and?”

His feet were kind of just…hanging there. And he didn’t quite have the connection in the more contemporary-type parts of his solo. But Mark’s tricks were nothing short of amazing. Despite not quite nailing some of the contemporary flavor, he still blended two very different styles of dance in an interesting way. The creativity and diversity of movement involved were both more than enough for me to consider this a successful outing for Mark Villaver.

The judges agreed.

Mary Murphy was basically just excited, which I was completely here to see. She loved every second of Mark’s performance and said the two styles he worked with were “integrated beautifully.” Nigel Lythgoe complimented Mark on his signature moves: “We will remember you long after you’re gone today because of your moves.” That left Vanessa Hudgens, who was new to the judges’ table and, as far as I could tell, borrowing Carrie Ann Inaba’s happy pills for the day. She said Mark’s audition was “an amazing way to start the morning,” with about 900 exclamation marks thrown on the end of that sentence.

The verdict? The first contestant of the day was given the first ticket to the Academy for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE season 14.

But, really, who cares? The most important part of Mark’s audition was the moment when Mary Murphy put him on the hot tamale train. That’s the first passenger on that train in almost three years. How, exactly, did this series even exist for two seasons without it?

Wait. It didn’t. Just ask the massive ratings drop.

Up next: Ballroom dancers Kristina and Vasily. “It’s ok, everybody. They’re married.”

Guys, there’s actually someone here to explain ballroom to us again. Someone get me a cardiologist because I’m having palpitations.

Before Kristina and Vasily had the chance to dance, they proved to Cat Deeley that men can’t count. The couple has been married for some number of years (nobody can agree on how many), and Vasily couldn’t even keep his guess straight. Disaster? For their relationship, maybe. For their dancing, strangely not.

The piece started off without much of interest, save for maybe Vasily’s blindfold. But then it just kind of…took off, performance-wise. Throw in some nice samba rolls (per Nigel’s comment during the audition — I never know ballroom until Mary explains it to me) and Kristina’s great extension; and you’ve got an amazing number. Bonus points to the dancers for kissing their way through that lift.

Mary cried because she was sure that seeing a performance like Kristina and Vasily’s was going to make tons of people fall in love with ballroom dance. She wanted to put the dancers on the hot tamale train; but she couldn’t get the words out until after they were gone because she was so overcome with emotion (I cried because Mary cried.)

Nigel made weird comments about “50 shades of dance” before saying the pair was “absolutely stunning,” and Vanessa told the dancers that her “heart exploded” when they were kissing.

Simmer down, Vanessa. The real feels should come from seeing SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE actually be its old self again.

Verdict: A pair of tickets to the Academy.

Our Most Anticipated 2017-2018 New Shows

It’s a less less than a week after the end of Upfronts and summer is nearly upon us. Summer programming now involves more original content, but we’re really looking ahead to the new fall-winter season. New shows won’t be debuting for severan months, but there’s some anticipation brewing for the new TV offerings coming down the pipeline.

After viewing all of the trailers released during Upfronts, we’ve put together a list of the shows we’re most interested in seeing on our screens in the fall and winter.

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BLACK LIGHTNING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Brianna, Araceli, Luciana). The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero who gave up his costume for the sake of his family. Years later, Jefferson realizes that his city needs his alter ego — Black Lightning. “From the first look, it felt like we’re seeing a superhero story from a different phase in the main vigilante’s life when he’s dealing with putting the suit back on and seeing that vigilantism runs in the family. It’s not an origin story in the usual superhero TV sense. I’m excited for this one,” Brianna said. “It fits into The CW’s superhero mold they’ve created for themselves, but at the same time it’s very different than anything they’ve done before with an older lead, crime fighting family and all African-American main cast,” Araceli explained.

BLACK LIGHTNING will air midseason on The CW.

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WILL & GRACE (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana, Rebecca, Shana and Clarissa). TV’s funniest quad is back! WILL & GRACE isn’t a new show, but it will finally be back on our screens after too many years off the air and we’re all excited about it. “I used to watch reruns of this show every day after school. My inner teenage self is overjoyed to see these characters again,” Luciana said happily.

WILL & GRACE will air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. this fall on NBC.

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DYNASTY (TV Addict staff who are interested: Melissa and Clarissa).  This series will probably be our guilty pleasure, but will it take its place on the list of fun primetime soaps? We certainly hope so!  In the show we’re (re-)introduced to the Carrington family when the children of Blake Carrington return home to discover that their father is marrying a beautiful — and far younger — woman.  Cue the backstabbing, because there’s a lot of money and a company’s future at stake. “The CW is taking us back to the Carrington DYNASTY, and it looks like the lifestyles of the rich-and-self-absorbed have gotten more diverse,” Melissa said. “Mostly I will watch to see Alexis enter her first scene and see if she can wear a picture hat as well as Joan Collins. Not many people can pull that off. Since Collins has been reported to have based Alexis on Donald Trump, whose PR machine dubbed him the king-of-deals back in the ’80s, it will be interesting to see if this year’s model does the same.”

DYNASTY will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on The CW.

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THE CROSSING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana and Rebecca). ABC has been trying to recreate the mystery of LOST since that show went off the air, but can THE CROSSING do that? Some of us are hoping to find out. The show revolves around 47 people who wash up on a beach and claim they’re from a future where a war has broken out and they’re looking for asylum. The show “has elements of mystery, syfy, romance, intrigue, and of course, drama. I’m already dying to know the how and why behind the unexplained arrival of 47 travelers, washed up on the beach of this small town,” Rebecca said. “This feels very reminiscent of THE 4400, which was show I absolutely loved when I was younger,” Luciana explained. “Mystery, conspiracy theories, people traveling back in time to escape a horrible future… I am so in.”

THE CROSSING will air midseason on ABC.

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THE GIFTED (TV Addict staff who are interested: Araceli, Shana and Clarissa). “Put ‘Marvel’ and ‘mutant’ in the same sentence, and you already own me. (Bonus: Amy Acker.)”, Shana gushed. ” And as Araceli point out, “unlike LEGION on FX, The GIFTED may be more like what audiences expect from an X-Men series.” The show revolves around the Strucker family, whose lives drastically change when parents Reed and Caitlin learn that their children have mutant powers, forcing the family on the run in order to protect teens Lauren and Andy.

THE GIFTED will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on Fox.

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THE ORVILLE: First Look at Fox’s New Science Fiction Series

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THE ORVILLE is a science fiction series set 400 years in the future and revolves around the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, an exploratory vessel. Crewed by a mix of both humans and aliens, the Orville explores the wonders and dangers of outer space…and even problems in the workplace.

In the 25th century, the Earth is now part of the Planetary Union, an advanced civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. After a bitter divorce, officer Ed Mercer finally has a chance to command one of the ships: the Orville. Ed is determined to prove he can succesd at this job, but that’s made difficult when the First Officer assigned to the ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson. And then there’s his ragtag crew: his best friend Gordon Malloy (who has problems with authority but is a fantastic helsman), Dr. Claire Finn (one of the Union’s best doctors), Bortus (an alien from a single-sex species), Isaac (an artificial life form from a society that things biological life is inferior), navigator John Lamarr, Alara Kitan (an inexperienced security officer) and Yaphit (a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald). Can Ed and Kelly put their past behind them in order to navigate the adventures to be had in outer space?

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

THE ORVILLE stars Seth MacFarlane as Ed Mercer, Adrianne Palicki as Kelly Grayson, Penny Johnson Jerald as Claire Finn, Scott Grimes as Gordon Malloy, Peter Macon as Bortus, Halston Sage as Alara Kitan, J. Lee as John Lamarr, Mark Jackson as Isaac, Chad Coleman as Klyden, Norm Macdonald as Yaphit. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens serve as executive producers. Jon Favreau (IRON MAN) directed the pilot.

THE ORVILLE will air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full fall 2017 schedule).

THE RESIDENT: First Look at Fox’s New Medical Drama Series

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THE RESIDENT is a new medical drama coming to Fox that focuses on three doctors at different stages in their career and a young nurse.

Dr. Conrad Hawkins is one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. He’s only a third year resident, but he’s very charming, arrogant and unconventional. His favorite part of the job is bursting the illusions of first-year residents like Dr. Devon Pravesh so that he can turn them into “real-life” doctors. Devon is an idealist with a strong moral compass. but with Conrad’s help, Devon realizes that being a doctor isn’t exactly what he imagined it to be and ethical lines are often blurred.

As Devon and Conrad make their way through the halls, they interact with the distinguised chief of surgery, Dr. Randolph Bell. But while he’s the face of the hospital, his diminishing skills are often covered up with the help of the doctors under his control. Then there’s Dr. Mina Okafor, a rising star surgeon who could threaten Bell’s dominance. And finally there’s Nicolette Nevin, one of the hospital’s most respected nurses who is also Conrad’s on-again-off-again romantic partner

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

THE RESIDENT stars Matt Czuchry as Dr. Conrad Hawkins, Emily VanCamp as Nicolette Nevin, Manish Dayal as Dr. Devon Pravesh, Shaunette Renée Wilson as Dr. Mina Okafor, Valerie Cruz as Renata Lopez and Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Randolph Bell. Antoine Fuqua, Amy Holden Jones, David Boorstein and Oly Obst will serve as executive producers.

THE RESIDENT will air midseason on Fox (see Fox’s full fall 2017 schedule).

L.A. TO VEGAS: First Look at Fox’s Comedy

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L.A. TO VEGAS is a comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner.

Jackpot Airlines is a budget airline that flies from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back again filled with dreamers who are looking to break the bank at a casino. Ronnie is a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool in the face of a bi-polar bride or even a dead body on the plane. Soon she develops a “location-ship” with regular passenger and economics professor Colin, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Then there’s Captain Dave (the airline’s narcissistic pilot), Bernard (the always-positive career flight attendant), Artem (the friendly professional gambler who serves as the plane’s unofficial resident bookie) and Nichole (the part-time stripper who is very sweet-natured).

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

L.A. TO VEGAS stars Kim Matula as Ronnie, Ed Weeks as Colin, Nathan Lee Graham as Bernard, Olivia Macklin as Nichole, with Peter Stormare as Artem and Dylan McDermott as Captain Dave. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), Lon Zimmet (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT), Chris Henchy, Owen Burke will serve as the executive producers.

L.A. TO VEGAS will air midseason on Fox (see Fox’s full fall 2017 schedule).

GHOSTED: First Look at Fox’s New Paranormal Comedy Series

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GHOSTED is all about an unlikely partnership between two polar opposite individuals who are tasked with an unlikely missing: saving the human race from aliens.

Leroy Wright is a skeptic and a former missing persons detective who believes that aliens are nothing more than fiction. Then there’s Max Jennifer, a true believer in the paranomal who thinks that his wife was abducted by aliens.

Both down on their luck, the pair are recruited by Captain Ava Lafrey, a former Air Force test pilot who is also the head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization that investigates paranormal cases. Her staff includes Barry Shaw, an overly friendly forensic pathologst and Delilah Ward, an opinionated tech specialist. Together this team will help support Leroy and Max as they search for answers about unexplained activity in Los Angeles.

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

GHOSTED stars Craig Robinson (THE OFFICE) as Leroy Wright, Adam Scott (PARKS AND RECREATION) as Max Jennifer, Ally Walker as Captain Ava Lafrey, Adeel Akhtar as Barry Shaw. Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst and Mark Schulman will serve as executive producers.

GHOSTED will air Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full 2017 fall schedule).

THE GIFTED: First Look at Fox’s New Marvel Series

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Reed and Caitlin are two normal suburban parents whose lives get thrown into chaos when they discover that their children possess mutant powers in THE GIFTED.

Teens Lauren and Andy are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals their mutual powers to the world, forcing their parents to flee their old lives in order to protect their children. The Strucker family goes on the run from the government agency the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner, who is determined to protect the rest of the population from mutants. And things are made even more complicated by the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants, which is why his children hid their powers from him for as long as possible.

But with the family on the run, their only hope comes in the form of an underground network that helps mutants in trouble — and it’s full of mutants dealing with their own issues.

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

THE GIFTED stars Stephen Moyer (TRUE BLOOD), Amy Acker (PERSON OF INTEREST), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM), Percy Hynes White (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3), Coby Bell (BURN NOTICE), Sean Teale (REIN), Jamie Chung (GOTHAM), Emma Dumont (AQUARIUS) and Blair Redford (SATISFACTION). Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE), Bryan Singer (the X-MEN franchise), Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory serve as executive producers.

THE GIFTED will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox this fall (see Fox’s full fall 2017 schedule).

Fox’s New Schedule: The Future of PRISON BREAK and 24 and AMERICAN IDOL’s Move to ABC

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After announcing their 2017-2018 primetime schedule, Fox’s Co-Chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, spoke to journalists about their new schedule and the fate of some of their event series, as well as AMERICAN IDOL’s move to ABC.

A new season of PRISON BREAK is currently airing on the network and while the show has been left off the fall 2017 schedule, there is a chance it could return one day in the future. Executive Producer Paul Scheuring had come to Fox with the idea for the 2017 season, which led to the event series. Walden said that they have no intention of bringing back PRISON BREAK every season because they want to make it special, but if Scheuring came to them with the idea for another season they would absolutely consider it.

The future of 24: LEGACY is also up in the air. They believe that star Corey Hawkins did a great job of taking over the lead role in 24, but he’s currently starring on Broadway and his schedule would never have allowed him to return for the fall season. The network also really had no intention of doing consecutive new seasons of 24: LEGACY, Walden said. However, Newman said that they have every intention of discussing the future of 24 when they return to Los Angeles after Upfronts and there is a chance the show could return in the future.

The fate of a few other pilots, including Lauren Graham’s LINDA FROM HR, is also still left up in the air, with the Fox Chairman reiterating that they had a lot of strong pilots and will be having further discussions about the future of these shows when they return to Los Angeles.

Read The TV Addict’s Full 2017 Upfronts Coverage

As for the fate of SCREAM QUEENS, Newman reiterated that the show was an anthology series and Ryan Murphy had told the story he wanted to tell and they had no plans to continue with the show, which effectively means it’s cancelled.

There was also the news recently that AMERICAN IDOL would be moving to ABC next season. Given the long run of the show on Fox and the fact that AMERICAN IDOL is so closely associated with the network’s brand, the question of how Walden and Newman felt about the news came up. Walden did say she felt kind of bad that the show was moving to another network, but they had undergone a complicated process to figure out whether they should be bringing the show back. While the ratings had increased a bit in the “final season” on Fox, the truth is that the ratings in the previous 4 years had dropped about 70%. The network was losing money on the production deal and wanted some trims to the show, but AMERICAN IDOL’s production company, FremantleMedia, wasn’t interested in trimming the budget or securing a new judges panel. They were also interested in getting it back on the air as soon as possible.

Fox was given the option to bring the show back, but they had billed the final season as the end and didn’t want to deceive their viewers by bringing the show back so soon, especially when their own research showed that it was simply too early to do so. They had originally considered bringing IDOL back in 2020, but Fremantle wanted it back on the air earlier, which is why it will be airing soon on ABC.