November Fox Programming

21 10 2013

BONES will continue Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) with all-new episodes on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, followed by all-new episodes of SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). BONES moves to Fridays and makes its time period premiere on Nov. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). That same night, RAISING HOPE will have its fourth season premiere with one hour of all-new back-to-back episodes (9:00-9:30 PM and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes ALMOST HUMAN. Starring Karl Urban (the “Star Trek” and “The Lord of the Rings” franchises) and Golden Globe Award nominee Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is set in 2048, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. ALMOST HUMAN will follow the week-to-week missions of JOHN KENNEX (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, DORIAN (Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.

ALMOST HUMAN is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Wyman and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe”) and Reid Shane (“Fringe”) are co-executive producers. Brad Anderson (“Fringe,” “The Killing”) directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot. “Like” ALMOST HUMAN on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlmostHumanFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @AlmostHumanFOX and join the discussion using #almosthuman. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AlmostHumanFOX.

FOX NOVEMBER SCHEDULE UPDATES
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)

Friday, Nov. 1:
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season Finale; Part One)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore)

Monday, Nov. 4 & 11:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (All-New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New Episode)

Friday, Nov. 8:
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season Finale; Part Two)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore)

Fridays, beginning Nov. 15:
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE (All-New Episode)

Sunday, Nov. 17:
12:00 PM-CC ET FOX SPORTS: NFL ON FOX (live)
7:00-8:00 PM ET NFL SPILLOVER/THE O.T. (live)
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT ALMOST HUMAN (Series Premiere; Night One)
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)

Mondays, beginning Nov. 18:
8:00-9:00 PM ALMOST HUMAN (Time Period/Series Premiere; Night Two)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New Episode)





Fox Tuesday Tonight

2 10 2012

Last week, wedged between two new episodes of NEW GIRL, BEN AND KATE, and THE MINDY PROJECT pulled decent numbers in the ratings considering that these episodes were readily available on-line for weeks before the premiere to generate interest. Tonight, Raising Hope returns to the line-up.

Once again, thanks to the FOX VIP program, I was able to screen tonight’s episodes of BEN AND KATE and THE MINDY PROJECT.

Alan Ruck guest stars tonight on BEN AND KATE‘s episode called “Bad Cop/Bad Cop” as the principal of Maddie’s school. There is a scene that cracked me up where Ben (Nat Faxon) does an impression of a voice that sounds like Alan Ruck’s impression of his call to the principal as Cameron Frye in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Kate (Dakota Johnson) has been lying about where she lives so Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) can get into a better public school, the parents of their friend, Tommy (Echo Kellum). Ben says, “May I remind you that you are a guest in your own home?” BEN AND KATE airing Tuesday, Oct. 2 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

On THE MINDY PROJECT, Mindy (Mindy Lahiri) and Danny (Chris Messina) interview for a new nurse in the practice, leaving Jeremy (Ed Weeks) to use his charms to fire the current nurse, Beverly (Beth Grant), in an aptly named episode, “Hiring and Firing.” I especially loved the name of one of the people interviewed, named Morgan “Ransom” Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), a reformed ex-convict. Ransom may seem to be a weird name, but I swear to you on my mother’s grave I have a neighbor whose name is Ransom and his dog’s name is Dexter. I have videotape of Dexter trying to jump our fence to get at my golden retriever, Maddie. THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Oct. 2 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

And don’t forget RAISING HOPE returns tonight as well, rounding out the Fox Comedy Tuesday block.





Fox’s New Comedy Series Ben and Kate

14 05 2012

(Press release) BEN AND KATE

What happens when an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer who always says “yes” moves in with his overly responsible little sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter? BEN AND KATE, a new single-camera young ensemble comedy, follows these odd-couple siblings as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life. KATE FOX (Dakota Johnson, “The Social Network”) followed the rules all her life…until she got pregnant in college and dropped out just shy of graduation. After the birth of her daughter, MADDIE (Maggie Jones, “We Bought a Zoo,” “Footloose”), Kate put her twenties on hold. Now working as a bar manager to make ends meet and maximize her time with five-year-old Maddie, she’s uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe – except for the arrival of her older brother, BEN FOX (Nat Faxon, “Bad Teacher”). Ben likes trouble a lot more than his sister does. His infectious energy makes you want to follow him into any number of bad ideas. He’ll totally screw up your life, but somehow, you’ll feel good about it. Where Kate is all about planning and preparing, Ben is big on spontaneity and out-of-the-box ideas. But don’t let the Velcro wallet fool you – he’ll probably be a millionaire someday. When Ben comes to crash on Kate’s couch for a few days, he finds a sad state of affairs. Kate’s surviving, but not living. Ben realizes that for the first time in their lives, Kate needs his help and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her overly stable world. He starts by offering to help look after Maddie so Kate can get back to experiencing her mid-twenties and making mistakes, since the one real “mistake” she’s made turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. Always there to help with Ben’s crazy schemes is his partner-in-crime, TOMMY (newcomer Echo Kellum), who worships Ben like a hero and nurses a serious crush on Kate. Kate’s British best friend, BJ (Lucy Punch “Bad Teacher”), is a cocktail waitress at the bar that Kate manages and an all-around hot mess who would do anything for Kate, even if her advice is often questionable and occasionally illegal. From writer/executive producer Dana Fox (NEW GIRL, “What Happens in Vegas”) and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL, “Bad Teacher”), BEN AND KATE is a heartwarming story of deeply mismatched siblings: a sister who needs to go for her dreams and a brother who needs to get his head out of the clouds.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment

CREATOR/WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Dana Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Jake Kasdan

CAST: Dakota Johnson as Kate, Nat Faxon as Ben, Maggie Jones as Maddie, Lucy Punch as BJ, Echo Kellum as Tommy

Follow on Twitter at: @BenandKate

Follow on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BenandKate

“Ben and Kate” will air Tuesdays at 8:30 ET/7:30 Central right after “Raising Hope.”

Watch the preview on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/pDWw07Nob9k





Breaking In Returns on Fox

6 03 2012

“Boom goes the Dynamite!” “Breaking In” is back on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 ET/8:30 Central after “New Girl” on Fox. After being cancelled in May of 2011 to the surprise of many after having brought in 10 million viewers at the premiere and averaging 7-8 million each week, the decision was reversed in August 2011.

The new cast of Breaking_In on Fox

There may be some spoilers ahead.

The new episode, “The Contra Club”, reveals changes at Contra Security. Oz (Christian Slater) is unable to pay the bills and needs to bring in someone to buy the agency. The timeline is a year after Cameron Price (Bret Harrison) was originally hired by the firm. Noticeably missing are Dutch (Michael Rosenbaum) and Josh Armstrong (Trevor Moore). Returning characters include Cam (Bret Harrison), Cash (Alphonso McAuley), Melanie (Odette Annable), and Creepy Carol (Jennifer Irwin). Joining the cast are Megan Mullally as Veronica and Erin Richards as Molly.

My immediate thoughts were, “Oh no, this is just like Human Target where they bring in 2 women, one with an English accent, to try to change the formula in order to increase ratings.” And we saw what happened with that–it was cancelled. Megan Mullally has fantastic comedic timing, but in the first episode, it seemed like Oz was somewhat diminished; perhaps this was the intention. It was the all-knowing, all-powering Oz that was the foundation of the show, but I can see how a one-dimensional character would become stale without some obstacle to overcome. I have to give props to the writers for making light of all that happened when Oz says what he does at the opening of the “The Contra Club.” (I’ll let you enjoy that one without spoilers). The filming of the show has a different feel to it, too. I am not quite sure if that comes from the way the episode is filmed or edited, but it is not like the original series. Understanding that it was necessary to establish Veronica, I’m looking forward to a better balance between dialogue lines for both wonderful actors (Christian Slater and Megan Mullally). It was great to see Cash being Cash, full of pranks and the walking dictionary of geekdom.

By the end of the second episode, “Who’s the Boss,” I was totally invested in Molly, which caught me off-guard. The dynamic between Molly and Cam will be interesting to see evolve as Melanie gets to play the jealous person over Cam’s affections, versus Cam being jealous of Dutch the previous year. By the end of this episode, Veronica realizes that she does not know everything about making the business successful, and she and Oz have a moment of mutual admiration (which obviously will not last) for their respective positions and knowledge-base.

Although I dearly miss Josh and Dutch, I’m glad the show is back on. It is a show that will have a quirky niche in the programming lineup much like New Girl and Raising Hope. It needs to be given some time and lots of publicity to develop its audience. I hope you’ll be tuning in to see it. Live tweet with us at #BreakingIn on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm EST/8:30 central.

Thank you FoxVIP for allowing the preview of the 2 episodes.