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FOX Revives Last Man Standing for Fridays, Shifts 9-1-1 to Mondays


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FOX’s prime-time slate for the 2018-19 season sees Last Man Standing, formerly an ABC comedy, revived with an 8 p.m. slot on Fridays, while the hit Ryan Murphy procedural 9-1-1 moves to a new night and time on Mondays at 9 p.m.

The Resident leads off Mondays at 8 p.m., followed by the return of 9-1-1, which ranks as the network’s number one scripted series.

Tuesdays feature the all-new pairing of The Gifted, moved from Monday nights, and Lethal Weapon, now in a 9 p.m. slot.

FOX’s Wednesday lineup remains intact, with the return of both Empire and Star in their regular slots.

Thursdays are dedicated to football. The new Thursday Night Football Pregame Show will be FOX Sports’ first New York City-based live NFL studio show.

Last Man Standing, which was previously canceled by ABC, will have all-new episodes airing on FOX on Friday nights. The Tim Allen comedy will serve as a lead-in for the brand-new multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids. The series stars four comedy veterans: David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show, In Living Color), Martin Mull (Veep, Roseanne), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, American Horror Story) and Vicki Lawrence (Mama’s Family, The Carol Burnett Show). Hell’s Kitchen will return in the 9 p.m. hour.

Saturdays are again dedicated to sports, while Sundays continue to feature the renewed animated hits The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy. Closing out Sunday nights will be the freshman multi-camera comedy Rel, inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Insecure, The Carmichael Show).

In 2019, additional new series and events joining the schedule include dramas The Passage, based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, and Proven Innocent, about an underdog criminal defense firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer. Also planned is a live musical production of Rent and a brand-new Cosmos installment, Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Also at midseason, Gotham will air its fifth and final season. Season two of The Orville will premiere midseason.

“This year, we launched four of the top 10 new shows on broadcast, which led to a very strong roster of young series returning for their sophomore seasons,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. “That gives us tremendous momentum heading into the fall. With our increased investment in football, we’re going to use the powerful platform of the NFL to launch our new comedies. We’ll then take some big swings with dramas at midseason, which is a proven strategy for FOX.”



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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