Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FOX decides it's not broken, doesn't change much

Fox announced its Fall 2012-2013 schedule early this morning, keeping its current layout largely intact. The only major change was the move of "Glee" from its Tuesday 8 p.m. timeslot to Thursday at 9 p.m. This will put the once powerful, but recently struggling dramedy in "Grey's Anatomy" territory, setting up fall's most interesting battle.

8 p.m. "Bones"

9 p.m. "The Mob Doctor" - Jordana Spiro is a surgeon on the rise who must pay off her brother's debt by secretly becoming the mafia's personal general practioner. The supporting cast includes Zach Gilford, William Forsythe and Zelko Ivanek.
First Impression: Spiro has always been a charming lead and Forsythe as the mob boss is perfect casting. This premise has been tried before but the strength of this cast could make this the incarnation that works.

8 p.m. "Raising Hope"
8:30 p.m. "Ben and Kate" - A serious minded single mom reconnects with her immature, well meaning brother in this comedy that co-stars Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson.
First Impression: On paper it sounds generic, but Faxon's charm and his chemistry with Johnson make this a worth a few watches.
9 p.m. "New Girl"
9:30 p.m. "The Mindy Project" - "The Office" alum Mindy Kaling gets her own show as a OB/GYN who loves romantic comedies and thinks life should be more like the movies. Ed Weeks and Chris Messina play her colleagues and possible love interests.

First Impression: Kaling was always one of the best parts of "The Office," but her character here seems like she could get a little annoying. However, her past work buys her at least three chances.

8 p.m. "The X Factor" (fall) "American Idol" (midseason)

8 p.m. "The X Factor Results" (fall) "American Idol Results" (midseason)
9 p.m. "Glee"

8 p.m. "Touch"
9 p.m. "Fringe"

7:30 p.m. "The Cleveland Show"
8 p.m. "The Simpsons"
8:30 p.m. "Bob's Burgers"
9 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30 p.m. "American Dad"


"The Goodwin Games" - Scott Foley, Becki Newton and Jake Lacy as siblings who reconnect while fulfilling the absurd rules of their father's will. Created/executive produced by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas ("How I Met Your Mother") and co-starring Beau Bridges as the Goodwins.
First Impression: Has the unique qualities of HIMYM and established TV veterans like Foley and Newton, but also seems like it could be too different and not find an audience.

"The Following" - James Purefoy is a infamous serial killer who escapes from prison and Kevin Bacon is the former FBI agent who captured him and must now come out of retirement to figure why he escaped and recapture him.
First Impression: Looks like a promising, dark thriller. Plus it's Kevin Bacon!

FOX is sticking with what has worked for them, while building off of last season's breakout hit "New Girl." It will be interesting to see how the "Glee" move works out.

Up next: ABC

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