18 May 2009

FOX reopens the Dollhouse but leaves Sarah Connor in the trash bin

The FOX Network announced today their fall slate, renewing some “bubble” shows and giving the heave ho to Sarah Connor.

New shows include Glee, perhaps the networks most risky show, insomuch it appears to be clever and sophisticated. It combines biting humor with a soundtrack of hit music from past to present, the series follows an optimistic high school teacher who against all odds attempts to restore McKinley High's fading Glee Club to its former glory, while helping a group of underdogs realize their true star potential.

Human Target stars Mark Valley as “unique private contractor” who will do almost anything, including becoming a human target, to keep his clients alive. Based on the popular DC graphic novel, it also stars Chi McBride, late of Pushing Daises, and Jackie Earle Haley, who’s recently resurrected career proves that all it takes is one (or two) roles in movies playing an assholes.

Joining FOX’s Sunday Animation Domination is The Cleveland Show a spin-off of The Family Guy, which also returns along with The Simpsons and American Dad. In the winter, after the end of football season, the live action comedy Sons of Tucson, starring Tyler Labine (Reapers) joins the schedule. Sons of Tucson is a family comedy about three brothers who hire a charming, wayward schemer to stand in as their father when their real one goes to prison.

The drama Past Life, which seems top resemble CBS’ procedural show Cold Case, is emotional thriller inspired by the book "The Reincarnationist." The series stars Kelli Giddish as a gifted psychologist and Nicholas Bishop as a former NYPD detective who work together to explore and unravel mysteries that must be solved in both the past and the present.

The other new comedy is Brothers, is about a former big-city NFL hot shot who returns home to his family and his mother's house to get his life back on track. Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell star.

Returning scripted shows include 24 (which returns January 17), Bones, Fringe, ‘Til Death, Lie to Me, House and Dollhouse. Reality/Game shows returning American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.

With MADtv gone, comedian Wanda Sykes gets her own late-night show on Saturday.

Exiting shows are Do Not Disturb, Hole in the Wall, King of the Hill, the aftermentioned MADtv, Prison Break, Sit Down, Shut Up and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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