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NewsFlash: FOX’s Fall Schedule

Glee, Fringe and Human Target, our favorite FOX shows, have already been renewed. But will the top network have something new for genre fans? Maybe—read on for more details about FOX’s fall lineup.

Terra Nova (mid-season replacement):

Official description: Terra Nova, an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, is the new event drama slated for midseason from executive producers Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific), Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) and David Fury (24, Lost). The action-adventure series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

This sounds like an 8pm on Friday kind of show to me: the phrase "family adventure" makes me a little hesitant. Then again, it's got David Fury and Brannon Braga. And maybe saber-tooth tigers, too!

Ride-Along (mid-season replacement):

Official description: The new drama scheduled for a midseason debut is Ride-Along. From creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit), the fast-paced series, shot on location in Chicago and starring Jason Clarke (Public Enemies), Jennifer Beals (Lie to Me) and Delroy Lindo (Kidnapped), will take audiences on an unflinching and unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago to navigate crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.

It could be a new Wire, with a bit of Shield-level violence and man-angst thrown in. Or it could be a new procedural.

Lonestar (Monday 9-10):

Official description: Lonestar, a sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil, will premiere this fall. From Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (Party of Five), writer Kyle Killen and directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), the compelling series stars newcomer James Wolk as a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can’t break free. He’s caught between two very different lives and two very different women.

I’m not sure why this sounds good—maybe it’s the Sawyer-esque hero. Or maybe I just needed something to round out this paltry list.

It’s hard to get too excited about this, but FOX’s schedule doesn’t have much room for newbies this year – they've had a successful run.


  1. "Then again, it’s got David Fury and Brannon Braga. And maybe saber-tooth tigers, too!"

    Come on, Billie!. You can't put those two together in a sentence just like that.

    Braga might not be Berman, but he still penned Threshold (I'm referring to the ep, not the series). And gave a big helping hand to destroy Enterprise. He'll never be in Fury's league. Or Spielberg's, obviously.

  2. Don't get me started on Berman and Braga. :)

    To me, Terra Nova just sounds like Ken Wahl on Wiseguy.

  3. None of them are grabbing me.

    I always have to wait until I get my ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Fall Preview issue before I can decide on anything.

  4. That doesn't look good. I adhere to J Michael Straczynski's rule of "no cute kids or robots" so the family adventure description looks like a warning sign to me. With FlashForward and Happy Town and many other before i had enough of kids that don't tell their parents what they saw or what just happened.


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