Fox will add two new dramas and a reality series to a fall schedule that remains largely intact.
Its hit rescue drama “9-1-1” returns on Monday, paired with “The Big Leap,” a drama about a group of struggling folks who try to change their fortunes by participating in a reality dance competition that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.” Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo are among familiar faces in a diverse cast of newcomers. (“9-1-1” Texas spinoff “Lone Star” will be benched until midseason, along with Mayim Bialik comedy “Call Me Kat.”)
Medical drama “The Resident,” starring Matt Czuchry, returns for a fifth season on Tuesdays, leading into “Our Kind of People,” based on Lawrence Otis Graham’s book about “rich and powerful Black elite” on Martha’s Vineyard. The drama comes from Lee Daniels (“Empire”) and stars Yaya DaCosta (“Chicago Med”) and Morris Chestnut (“The Resident”).
Simone Recasner and Raymond Cham Jr. in the new Fox musical drama 'The Big Leap.' (Photo: Sandy Morris/Fox)
On Wednesdays, its top-rated “The Masked Singer” will be joined by “Alter Ego,” yet another twist on a singing competition series. This time, contestants belt tunes as their “dream avatars.”
Three nights will continue to feature sports programming, including “NFL Thursday Night Football” (the final season of Fox’s contract, as games will shift to Amazon next year) and “WWE Friday Night SmackDown.” And there are no changes in Sunday’s animation lineup.
Elodie Yung as 'The Cleaning Lady,' a new Fox drama due in 2022. (Photo: Ursula Coyote/Fox)
Midseason shows include “Monarch,” about a country-music family dynasty, due Jan. 30; “The Cleaning Lady,” starring Elodie Yung as a Cambodian doctor who becomes a “cleaning lady” for an organized crime family; “Pivoting,” a comedy about three longtime friends (Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Q, Eliza Coupe) coping with the death of a fourth member of the group; and small-town mockumentary “Welcome to Flatch.”
The network canceled “Prodigal Son” and “Last Man Standing,” among other series. Low-rated comedy “The Moodys” officially remains in limbo until its run is completed, but its future looks grim.
Manish Dayal, Emily VanCamp, Matt Czuchry and Bruce Greenwood star in 'The Resident.' (Photo: Guy D'Alema, Fox)
In a season that saw accelerating ratings declines for broadcast networks, Fox ranked fourth among all viewers but first among adults ages 18 to 49, a sweet spot for advertisers.
Fox’s fall schedule
Monday: 8, 9-1-1; 9, The Big Leap
Tuesday: 8, The Resident; 9, Our Kind of People
Wednesday: 8, The Masked Singer; 9, Alter Ego
Thursday: 8, NFL Thursday Night Football
Friday: 8, WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Saturday: 7, Fox Sports Saturday
Sunday: 7, NFL overrun; 7:30, The OT/repeats; 8, The Simpsons; 8:30, The Great North; 9, Bob’s Burgers; 9:30, Family Guy
(All times EDT/PDT; new shows in bold)
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