Filming in the entertainment industry has largely ground to a halt due to COVID-19, but the broadcast TV networks are starting to announce their fall lineups for later this year.
Fox is first network to announce how it plans to lay out its fall schedule, leaning on animated shows, reality programming, sports, already-completed dramas, and acquired series from other cable and streaming partners to beef up its roster while the ability to film scripted series is still uncertain. We’ll update this post with ABC, NBC, CBS, and The CW’s fall schedules as they’re announced.
The networks aren’t expected to announce exact premiere dates until later this summer, but these early announcements help give us a sense of how each network plans to program every weeknight, and which shows will be held until midseason.
Fox Fall 2020 TV Schedule
Renewed and New TV Shows on Fox
Fox has renewed reality shows The Masked Singer and Masterchef Junior, along with animated comedies The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Bless the Harts. With animated shows able to continue production and reality shows more easily able to be filmed without audiences and with social distancing precautions on set, this makes the lineup a little more secure from coronavirus-related delays.
New series premiering on Fox this fall include Next, “a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives,” starring John Slattery, and Filthy Rich, “a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Gerald McRaney) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (Kim Cattrall) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune.” Both shows have already been filmed and were initially planned to debut as part of the 2019-2020 season.
Fox will also be the broadcast home of Bad Boys spinoff LA’s Finest, which follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), “last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.” The series previously aired on Spectrum last year. And Fox will offer the broadcast debut of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the third installment of the science docuseries produced by Seth MacFarlane and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which aired on National Geographic earlier this year.
At midseason, Fox will air drama series 911 and spinoff 911: Lonestar, animated series Duncanville, and reality series Hell’s Kitchen, along with new comedy series Call Me Kat, starring and executive produced by Mayim Bialik, and animated shows The Great North and Housebroken.
Fox shows that have yet to be renewed or cancelled include Prodigal Son, The Resident, Last Man Standing, Outmatched, Almost Family, and Deputy, while Empire already aired its final season.
Here are all the Fox shows coming out in Fall 2020:
New and Returning Shows on Monday Night
8:00-9:00 PM LA’S FINEST (network television debut)
9:00-10:00 PM NEXT (new series premiere)
New and Returning Shows on Tuesday Night
8:00-9:00 PM COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (network television debut)
9:00-10:00 PM FILTHY RICH (new series premiere)
New and Returning Shows on Wednesday Night
8:00-9:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER (Season 4 premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season 8)
New and Returning Shows on Thursday Night
7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT FOX NFL THURSDAY PRESENTED BY VERIZON
8 PM ET/5 PM PT GMC KICKOFF SHOW
8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM
New and Returning Shows on Friday Night
8:00-10:00 PM WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
New and Returning Shows on Saturday Night
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
New and Returning Shows on Sunday Night
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / FOX ENCORES
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season 32 premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BLESS THE HARTS (Season 2)
9:00-9:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season 11)
9:30-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (Season 19)