FOX Sets Fall Schedule


FOX has unveiled its fall 2020 schedule, which includes the new dramas NeXt and Filthy Rich, a pair of shows making their network-TV debut and returning animated series.

From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (24: Legacy), NeXt is a fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence. The event series stars John Slattery (Mad Men). NeXt is paired on Monday nights with the newly acquired L.A.’s Finest, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, which makes its network-TV debut.

Also making its network-TV debut is Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which marks the third season in the franchise. It leads-in Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., followed by the new drama Filthy Rich, a southern Gothic family soap that stars, among others, Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).

Wednesdays see new seasons of The Masked Singer and MasterChef Junior.

Thursday Night Football returns to the lineup, while Fridays feature WWE’s SmackDown and Saturdays are dedicated to sports.

New seasons of The Simpsons, Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy anchor the Sunday schedule.

In midseason, original programming includes 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star, along with the freshman comedy Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik and executive produced by Bialik and Jim Parsons, and new animated comedies The Great North and Housebroken. Also part of FOX’s 2020-2021 programming slate are all-new seasons of the animated comedy Duncanville, starring and executive produced by Amy Poehler, and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

“The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected,” said Charlie Collier, CEO of FOX Entertainment. “As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront. In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner’s unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we’ve shared is one of relative stability on FOX, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market.”

“Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all-new emphasis,” said Marianne Gambelli, president of FOX Ad Sales. “FOX is primed and ready for the fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward.”