Upfronts: Fox Brings more ‘X-Files’

Fox-NetworkFox brings four new hour-long series and a pair of half hour comedies to its 2017-18 season and will bring back a 10-episode new season of   “X-Files” midseason, it said in its upfronts Monday.

The comedies include Seth MacFarlane’s live-action sci-fi spoof “The Orville” in which he will star and a paranormal buddy comedy with Craig Robinson and Adam Scott.

The dramas include what is now routine on broadcast TV: a cop show, a medical drama and a Marvel adaptation.

There are two live musicals in its future as well, “A Christmas Story” in December and “Rent” next year.

The new dramas are:

  • “The Gifted,” produced in association with Marvel, about a suburban couple who find their children hold mutant powers. Good thing, since they’re on the run from a hostile government. Stephen Moyer, and Amy Acker star in the series from Bryan Singer and Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”).
  • “9-1-1” is a police story about first responders from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, starring Angela Bassett. Coming in midseason
  • “The Resident” concentrates on three doctors and a nurse, played by Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunettye Renee Wilson and Bruce Greenwood. Midseason.

The new comedies are:

  • “The Orville,” a hour-long series about a spaceship 400 years in the future, starring Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald and Scott Grimes. Fox lists this as a “drama” but any MacFarlane show in which Norm McDonald voices a sidekick described as “a gelatinous creature” is something quite different. The “Family Guy” creator  also writes and produces with director Jon Favreau.
  • “Ghosted” stars Craig Robinson and Adam Scott about paranormal investigators in Los Angeles. Ally Walker and Adeel Akhtar co-star. It’s written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten and directed by Jonathan Krisel (“Baskets,” “Portlandia”).
  • “LA to Vegas” from Will Short and Adam McKay concerns an airplane crew who take their free ride to Vegas each weekend to gamble. Kim Matula, Ed Weeks, Nathan Lee Graham, Olivia Macklin, Peter Stormare and Dylan McDermott star.

Returning shows include “Empire,” “The Exorcist,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Lucifer,” “Star,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Family Guy,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “The Mick,” “The Simpsons” and the final season of “New Girl.”

Gone from the schedule: “APB,” “Bones,”  “Coupled,” “Making History,” “Pitch,” “Rosewood,” “Sleepy Hollow.” and “Son of Zorn.”

No plans were announced for recently revived “24: Legacy” or “Prison Break.”

 

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