Fox will revamp six nights of its schedule, introducing five new series in the fall, including the highly touted “Gotham,” about the origins of “Batman” characters.
But the network’s biggest news may be that the once unbeatable “American Idol” will be reduced to one weekly episode for much of next season. The singing contest has seen significant ratings drops this season.
“Dancing with the Stars” on ABC and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” have survived by combining results with competition once each week.
Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment chairman, told reporters Monday that “Idol” still has the potential to run for many more years.
“Enlisted,” the military comedy created by former Sarasotan Kevin Biegel and set at a fictional base in Southwest Florida, won’t be back. Reilly said it was one of several series that the network couldn’t find a way to bring back that made sense either in terms of cost, quality or audience. “Enlisted,” which garnered favorable reviews, struggled in its Friday timeslot.
“Glee” will have a shortened final season that won’t begin until the spring, he said.
Reilly said he feels confident about the prospects for “Gotham,” which comes a year after ABC launched “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” That series was widely seen at first, but ratings dropped over the course of the season.
“When you get these franchises with some built-in profiles and anticipation, the burden of that is that the anticipation and buildup can exceed delivery,” Reilly said.
Fox also is revamping its Sunday line-up, interrupting its animated series by moving the Golden Globe-winning “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to 8:30 p.m. and introducing “Mulaney” at 9:30 p.m. That series stars John Mulaney (of “Saturday Night Live”) as a young stand-up comic hoping to move up to the next level of success. The cast features Martin Short, Elliot Gould and Nasim Pedrad.
On Wednesday, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer stars in the Steven Spielberg-produced comedy drama “Red Band Society,” about a group of teenagers who become friends while patients in a hospital pediatric ward.
At the start of the season, Fox will air two weekly episodes of “Utopia,” an unscripted series, in which 15 people move into an isolated area to attempt to create a perfect society. It will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
The long-running “Bones” moves to 8 p.m. Thursdays, to be followed by the limited-run “Gracepoint,” 10-part mini series starring David Tennant of “Dr. Who” and Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad. It’s about the police investigation into the murder of a boy.
The network also has 10 more 10 series on hold for spring and next summer.
Here is the fall schedule:
8 p.m. "Gotham" (NEW)
9 p.. "Sleepy Hollow"
8 p.m. "Utopia" (NEW)
9 p.m. "New Girl"
9:30 p.m. "The Mindy Project"
8 p.m. "Hell's Kitchen"
9 p.m. "Red Band Society" (NEW)
8 p.m. "Bones"
9 p.m. "Gracepoint" (NEW)
8 p.m. "Masterchef Junior"
9 p.m. "Utopia" (NEW)
7 p.m. "Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football"
7 p.m. "NFL on Fox"
7:30 p.m. "The OT/"Bob's Burgers"
8 p.m. "The Simpsons"
8:30 p.m. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
9 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30 p.m. "Mulaney" (NEW)
Here are trailers of the new fall series on Fox