Fox Broadcasting Company today unveiled the FOX primetime schedule for the 2008-2009 television season. The new event drama premiering this fall is "Fringe," a fantastical thriller from acclaimed writer/producer J.J. Abrams
, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Joshua Jackson
, John Noble
and newcomer Anna Torv star as an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology.
The new comedy slated for fall is "Do Not Disturb" (working title), an upstairs/downstairs workplace comedy starring Jerry O'Connell
and Niecy Nash as the management team behind one the hottest and hippest hotels in New York City.
One additional drama and one unscripted series will launch in midseason. From Joss Whedon
, creator of groundbreaking cult favorites "Buffy the Vampire Slayer
" and "Firefly
," comes Dollhouse, a gripping, high-action drama starring Eliza Dushku
as Echo, a member of an underground group of "Actives" who have their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas to carry out a variety of missions. The Actives don't just pretend to be new people they become new people, yet they are never aware they are actually pawns in someone else's game.
"Secret Millionaire" is a heart-warming new unscripted series that focuses on a different millionaire each week, who goes undercover to some of America's most disadvantaged areas in search of everyday heroes to possibly change their lives forever.
Two new animated comedies will also join the schedule in the spring. From the creators of Family Guy
and American Dad
, comes "The Cleveland Show" (working title), the story of what happens when "Family Guy's" Cleveland Brown moves to Stoolbend, VA, to make good on a promise to his high school sweetheart.
"Sit Down, Shut Up" (working title), created by Emmy Award winner Mitchell Hurwitz, follows a group of unconventional teachers and staff members working at a high school in a small northeastern fishing town who never lose sight of the fact that the students must ALWAYS come second.
FOX kicks off the new season with special two-hour premiere events the week of August 25 including: Prison Break
Monday, August 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); "Fringe" Tuesday, August 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); Bones
Wednesday, August 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and "Are You Smarter Than A 5Th Grader?" Friday, August 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
FOX series returning in 2008-2009 include: 24
, American Dad, American Idol
, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Bones, Cops, Don't Forget The Lyrics!, Family Guy, Hell's Kitchen
, King Of The Hill
, Kitchen Nightmares, MadTV
, The Moment Of Truth, Prison Break, The Simpsons
, So You Think You Can Dance
, Talkshow With Spike Feresten, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
and 'Til Death
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