Upfront: Fox Shapes up Comedy Block, Renews Most Dramas

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by @todotvnews the 14/05/2018
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As part of Upfronts week in New York, Fox revealed the changes to its lineup and the new bets for the 2018/2019 season. Up next, we give a look at what's new, what's coming back and what's been canceled. 

Fox appears to be one of the networks that have chosen to shake things up for this upcoming 2018/2019 television season; especially when it comes to comedy.

For instance, the network is ending its single-camera comedy block after eight years, and has instead chosen to battle with three multi-camera comedies, to new players and one revival from ABC. And it's also aiming high with its musical productions.

Up next, we give you a brief overview of what's new, what's coming back and what's been canceled.

New Series

  • Last Man Standing

A fan-favorite for six seasons, the comedy is moving to Fox after its cancellation on ABC. Starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis, the show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Premiere: this fall on Fridays.



Allen plays a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.

  • The Cool Kids

It's a comedy from executive producer Charlie Day and starring David Alan Grier. Premiere: this fall on Fridays.

This multi-camera comedy follows a rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun – because, at their age, what do they really have to lose.

  • Rel

Based on the life of Lil Rel Howery, the comedy is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and directed by Gerry Cohen. Premiere: fall on Sundays.

The show stars Howery as a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair; and not just any affair… an affair with Rel’s own barber. Quite easily the worst person for your wife to sleep with, because as hard it is to find a good spouse, it’s even harder to find a reliable barber. 

  • The Passage

Based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, the show is a character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights). It's executive-produced Ridley Scott and writer/director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Premiere: not yet determined.



The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race.

  • Proven Innocent

Danny Strong partners with David Elliot to tell the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. Premiere: to be determined.

The show follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice who at age 18 was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother, in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession.

  • Rent

The live musical production of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will debut on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.
A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, Rent tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil.

  • Cosmos: Possible Worlds

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show is airing as a global event on Fox and National Geographic with its third season in Spring 2019.

Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, Cosmos will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration.

New Seasons

As for the show's that are coming back, FOX had its healthy dose of renewals, especially on the drama front.

Gotham (season 5/final season)
Lethal Weapon (season 3)
Star (season 3)
The Resident (season 2)
Empire (season 5)
So You Think You Can Dance (season 15)
The Four: Battle for Stardom (season 2)
9-1-1 (season 2)
The Gifted (season 2)
The Orville (season 2)
Love Connection (season 2)
Beat Shazam (season 2)

Cancellations

As always, some shows didn't make the cut. Here are all the shows cancelled by Fox for the season.

Lucifer
The Exorcist
The Mick
The Last Man On Earth
Wayward Pines
24: Legacy
Scream Queens
Brooklyn Nine Nine

Confirmation Pending

Out of the entire Fox lineup, there's just one show the network still hasn't made up its mind: Ghosted. The show is in danger of cancellation, but there's no official word yet.

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