Following The CW and NBC, FOX has announced it’s return dates for the 2013-2014 TV Season. I watch nothing on FOX now….unless one of the new shows catches my interest, I see that trend continuing. Given that their press release leads with “Mario Lopez to host the X-Factor”, I somewhat doubt a conversion. Drink it in, TV fans.
The 2013-2014 season begins with the return of THE X FACTOR. Hosted by Mario Lopez, and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, the hit music competition series will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Darkly amusing procedural BONES enters its ninth season on Monday, Sept. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of the thrilling adventure fantasy SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “Shame,” “American Violet”) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
On Sept. 17, the Tuesday night comedy block is back with two new additions – DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – and new seasons of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Kicking off the night is DADS, the new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (“Ted,” FAMILY GUY) that stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green (FAMILY GUY) and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi (“My Name is Earl,” “Ted”) as two successful gaming entrepreneurs – and childhood best friends – whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, “Two and a Half Men”) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos”) move in. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), from Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”) and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”), is a new single-camera workplace comedy about what happens when a hotshot detective (Samberg) gets a new captain (Braugher) with a lot to prove.
Will Rachel (Lea Michele) be Broadway’s next baby? Will Blaine (Darren Criss) marry Kurt (Chris Colfer)? Can the kids of New Directions win yet again at Nationals? Find out the answers to all these GLEE-related questions when a new season of the hit musical comedy launches Thursday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following THE X FACTOR.
New unscripted series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is set to debut Friday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The new culinary competition series for talented kids gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
Sundays get re-animated beginning Sept. 29, with the season premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Later this fall, futuristic action drama ALMOST HUMAN premieres Monday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime in a futuristic new world.
Friday nights beginning on Nov. 8 are all-new when BONES moves to a new night and time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) kicks off an all-new hour of comedy, followed by the series premiere of the new sibling comedy ENLISTED (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Wednesday, Sept. 11
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One)
9:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF (Season Finale)
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Monday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Series Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 17
8:00-8:30 PM DADS (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 18
8:00-10:00 PM THE X FACTOR (All-New)
Thursday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR (All-New)
9:00-10:00 PM GLEE (Season Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore)
Sunday, Sept. 29
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere)
Monday, Nov. 4
8:00-9:00 PM ALMOST HUMAN (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New)
Friday, Nov. 8
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM ENLISTED (Series Premiere)