Fox shuffles fall schedule
'Lyrics' stays, 'New Amsterdam' put on hold
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
Fox execs moved 'New Amsterdam' off the fall schedule, but the show remains in production with a launch skedded for January.
Fox is shaking up its fall schedule, putting "New Amsterdam" on ice and keeping "Don't Forget the Lyrics" on air through the fall.
New lineup also moves "Bones" away from the crowded Wednesday 9 p.m. slot (where all five nets had originally scheduled dramas), and keeps Fox wall-to-wall unscripted from 9 p.m. Wednesday up until Sunday.
Net execs said the moves were made in order to improve Fox's chances in the fall, where it has struggled in recent years.
By taking a new, unproven show off the air while keeping "Lyrics" -- a mild summer hit -- on the sked and also protecting "Bones," Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman said he liked Fox's fall chances more than he did a day ago.
"Our No.1 goal has been to go into a fourth quarter where we can be competitive," Beckman said. "Fortunately this summer we developed 'Don't Forget the Lyrics.' I think the show is real, and that allowed us to look at our schedule and make changes that will put us in a better position during a time of year that we generally don't do too well."
This fall "Bones" will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (rather than Wednesdays at 9 p.m., where it was up against "Criminal Minds," "Private Practice," "Bionic Woman" and "Gossip Girl"), leading into "House." Move is effective Sept. 25.
As for "New Amsterdam," the show remains in production and will bow in midseason. Fox already announced "New Amsterdam" would run Fridays at 9 p.m. come January; so far that's unchanged. Execs stressed that the show wouldn't suffer the fate of past Fox shows announced for fall but never making it to air, such as "Hollyweird" or "Manchester Prep."
Fox shuffles its fall schedule
By Charlie McCollum
Let the fall schedule shuffle begin, with Fox announcing a fairly extensive overhaul of the lineup it announced just over a month ago.
The biggest changes are “New Amsterdam,'’ the new drama about an immortal police detective, moving to mid-season and “”Bones,'’ perhaps the most underrated series on TV, shifting to the 8 p.m. Tuesdays slot in front of “”House.'’
“New Amsterdam,'’ which I think has some potential, remains in production with an eye towards an early January launch and Fox executives insist it’s not that one series the network seems to have every year that gets announced for the fall schedule and then never airs. (”Manchester Prep'’ is probably the most famous or infamous.)
As for “Bones,'’ the move gets it out of a brutal time period (9 p.m. Wednesdays) where it would have gone up against “Criminal Minds,'’ “Private Practice,'’ “Bionic Woman'’ and “Gossip Girl.'’ (Ouch.) Chef Gordon Ramsay’s new “Kitchen Nightmares'’ now gets the time period where it will be the only reality series.
Source: Mercury News
FOX Pushes "New Amsterdam" to Midseason; Shifts Schedule
For once, FOX may have done something smart.
I don't often say that but it's perhaps for the best that the network most likely to cancel a new series (you might as well call them Trigger Happy TV) is holding back on several of its newest offerings until midseason, giving them a chance to creatively retool before thrusting the series into the public eye.
Following in the footsteps on midseason launches for The Return of Jezebel James, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Rules for Starting Over, FOX has yanked supernatural drama New Amsterdam--a police procedural based around an immortal man who has lived in Manhattan since the days of the Dutch--off of the fall schedule. It was slated to launch on Tuesday, September 25th, at 8 pm.
According to Variety, the network said the moves "were made in order to improve Fox's chances in the fall, where it has struggled in recent years."
FOX has also shifted drama Bones, entering its third season, to New Amsterdam's timeslot (Tuesdays at 8 pm). The move is a wise one: Bones was previously going to launch this year in a rather combative timeslot--Wednesdays at 9 pm--where it would have gone up against four other dramas: Private Practice on ABC, Bionic Woman on NBC, Criminal Minds on CBS, and Gossip Girl on CW.
Official Press Release from Fox
FOX ANNOUNCES REVISED FALL LINEUP
“BONES” MOVES TO TUESDAYS AT 8:00 PM;
“KITCHEN NIGHTMARES” TO AIR ON WEDNESDAYS AT 9:00 PM;
THURSDAYS TO FEATURE HIT GAME-SHOW TANDEM OF
“ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?” AND
“DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!”
“NEW AMSTERDAM” TO AIR IN MIDSEASON
FOX today announced changes to its fall lineup on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. BONES moves to Tuesdays at 8:00 PM as of Sept. 25; KITCHEN NIGHTMARES shifts to Wednesdays at 9:00 PM, starting Sept. 19; and DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS! hums along on Thursdays at 9:00 PM, beginning Sept. 6.
Season Three of BONES, the darkly amusing procedural centering on a brilliant forensic anthropologist (Emily Deschanel) who teams with a dashing FBI agent (David Boreanaz) to solve crimes, premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. New unscripted series KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, in which fiery master chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to transform failing restaurants into popular hot-spots, serves its first course Wednesday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). And DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!, with a $1-million prize awaiting contestants who can sing 10 missing lyrics in 10 hit songs, has its time-period premiere Thursday, Sept. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Leading off the game-show tandem on Thursdays is the A+ hit ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, which now premieres with a special one-hour class session on Thursday, Sept. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and, as previously announced, also will air on four fall Fridays: Sept.14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Later in the fall, Fridays will rock with AMERICAN BAND. The producers behind mega-hit phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL take the musical reality genre to a whole new level in a search for the nation’s best undiscovered bands, starting with the two-hour series premiere Friday, Oct. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. AMERICAN BAND’s regular time period will be Fridays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT, leading into NASHVILLE.
The freshman drama NEW AMSTERDAM, previously announced for Tuesdays at 8:00 PM in the fall, will be rescheduled in midseason.
The updated FOX fall schedule is as follows (all times ET/PT):
Mondays (as of Sept. 17):
8:00-9:00 PM PRISON BREAK (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM K-VILLE (series premiere)
Tuesdays (as of Sept. 25):
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE (season premiere)
Wednesdays (as of Sept. 19):
8:00-8:30 PM BACK TO YOU (series premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM ‘TIL DEATH (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (series premiere)
Thursdays (as of Sept. 6):
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
(1-hour season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS!
Fridays (as of Sept. 14):
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
(4 weeks only)
9:00-10:00 PM NASHVILLE (series premiere)
Friday, Oct. 19:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN BAND (2-hour series premiere)
Saturdays (as of Sept. 8):
8:00-8:30 PM COPS (season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM COPS (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA
FIGHTS BACK (season premiere)
Saturdays, late-night (as of Sept. 15):
11:00 PM-Midnight MADtv (season premiere)
Midnight-12:30 AM TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN
Sunday, Sept. 23:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM KING OF THE HILL (season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (1-hour season premiere)
Sundays (as of Sept. 30):
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM KING OF THE HILL
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (time period premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (season premiere)