Television’s #1 series, ‘The Masked Singer,’ returns this fall; all-new original programming includes psychological thriller ‘Next,’ starring John Slattery, southern gothic soap ‘Filthy Rich,’ starring Kim Cattrall; plus all-new seasons of ‘Animation Domination’s’ ‘The Simpsons’; and Gordon Ramsay’s hit cooking competition series, ‘MasterChef Junior’
Responding to real-time shifts in the marketplace, FOX, this season’s No. 1 network among adults 18-49, and the only network to experience year-to-year growth in the demo and total viewers, is announcing its fall 2020 schedule. The programming slate includes season four of television’s No. 1 series, “The Masked Singer”; new drama series “Next” and “Filthy Rich”: as well as all-new seasons of returning animated series “The Simpsons,” “Bless The Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy,” along with Gordon Ramsay’s hit cooking competition series, “MasterChef Junior.” Also, making its network television debut is police drama “L.A.’s Finest,” starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, along with the third installment of “Cosmos,” titled “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.”
In midseason, original programming includes “9-1-1” and the No. 1 new drama “9-1-1: Lone Star”; along with new 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 2020-21 programming slate are all-new seasons of animated comedy “Duncanville,” starring and executive-produced by Amy Poehler; and Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”
“The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. 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,” said Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment “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, 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.”
The all-new series premiering this fall are “Next” and “Filthy Rich.”
From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), executive producer Charlie Gogolak (“This Is Us”) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), “Next” is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, “The First”) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. The series also stars Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Aaron Moten (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”) and Evan Whitten (“The Resident”).
“Filthy Rich” is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us,” “24: Legacy”) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (five-time Emmy Award nominee and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, “Filthy Rich” presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor (“Ma,” “The Help,” “The Girl on the Train”), the series also stars Melia Kreiling (“Tyrant”), Aubrey Dollar (“Battle Creek”), Corey Cott (“The Good Fight”), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mark L. Young (“We’re The Millers”) and Olivia Macklin (“LA to Vegas”), with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Aaron Lazar (“Quantico,” “The Strain”). Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.
Making their network television debuts are “L.A.’s Finest” and “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.”
From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer “Bad Boys” franchise and Sony Pictures Television, the one-hour series “L.A.’s Finest” follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.
Returning for its third installment, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Cosmos” will once again be executive-produced, written and directed by Ann Druyan (NASA’s Voyager Record, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” “Contact”); executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark; and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon and astrophysicist. Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. Created and produced in partnership with the National Geographic Channel, which aired the series this spring, the new season will “reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have.”
Additional pickups, schedule information and specials to be announced.