Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, unveiled the primetime slate for the 2021-2022 television season to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation.
Fox, television’s #1 network for the second year in a row, is adding four new dramas, two new comedies, four new unscripted series and one new animated comedy to its lineup, tapping into themes such as renewal, second chances and reinvention.
As Fox goes broad, its free, AVOD streaming service, Tubi, is going deep with 140+ hours of original programming next season that speaks to viewers’ passions. Tubi’s original programming will include original documentaries from Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from Bento Box Entertainment; and premium independent-minded titles across Black Cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and western genres.
“Alongside our programming focus, we are forging ahead with a clear, 100% ad-supported vision. Fox’s acquisition of free-ad-focused Tubi has allowed us to expand our broadcast offering, bringing scale across both linear and streaming, all without any paywalls or subscriptions. This is a strategy that deepens Fox’s relationship with our audience and advertising partners, and it will continue to set Fox apart,” Collier added.
The all-new dramas joining the already strong lineup of dramas, animated comedies and unscripted on Fox are The Big Leap and Our Kind of People.
The Big Leap is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (The Passage, Friday Night Lights), director/executive producer Jason Winer (Modern Family) and executive producer Sue Naegle (The Plot Against America), the show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.”
Inspired by a U.K. reality format, The Big Leap is an innovative show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of self-acceptance and empowerment at any age. The series stars Scott Foley (Scandal), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents franchise), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Coyote Ugly), newcomer Simone Recasner, Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jon Rudnitsky (Catch-22), Raymond Cham Jr. (Five Points), Mallory Jansen (Galavant), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family) and Anna Grace Barlow (The Goldbergs). Watch the trailer below:
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Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, the series takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for over 50 years.
From executive producer Lee Daniels (Empire, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday) and writer and executive producer Karin Gist (Star, Grey’s Anatomy), Our Kind of People follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women.
But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of black resilience and achievement. The series stars Yaya DaCosta (Chicago Med, Whitney) as Angela Vaughn and Morris Chestnut (The Resident) as Raymond DuPont.
The new unscripted series premiering this fall is Alter Ego.
From Fox Alternative Entertainment and executive-produced by Matilda Zoltowski (Dancing with the Stars, World of Dance), Alter Ego is an all-new original singing competition where lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be.
However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar Alter Ego to reinvent themselves and perform like never before.
The new midseason dramas are The Cleaning Lady and Monarch.
From executive producer/writer Miranda Kwok (The 100), executive producer/showrunner Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar), executive producer/director Michael Offer (Homeland, How to Get Away with Murder) and executive producers Shay Mitchell (You, Pretty Little Liars), Rose Marie Vega and Paola Suarez, The Cleaning Lady is a thrilling and emotionally driven character drama about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son.
However, when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for organized crime, using her cunning and intelligence to forge her own path in the criminal underworld.
The series stars Elodie Yung (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Adan Canto (Designated Survivor,), Martha Millan (The OA) and newcomers Valentino and Sebastien LaSalle.
Monarch is an epic, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The series debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, and continuing on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
In Monarch, the Romans are passionate and fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with honesty, the very foundation of this family’s success is a lie. When dangerous truths bubble to the surface, the Romans’ reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy.
Nicky Roman, the brilliant and fierce heir to the crown, already battling an industry and world stacked against her, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy. It’s finally her turn. But is it too late?
Monarch is produced by Fox Entertainment. Melissa London Hilfers (Instinct) serves as creator, writer and executive producer. Michael Rauch (Royal Pains) is an executive producer and showrunner. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group) and Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment) also serve as executive producers.
The new midseason comedies are Welcome to Flatch and Pivoting.
Inspired by BBC Studios’ BAFTA-winning BBC format, This Country, Welcome to Flatch (fka This Country) is a half-hour comedy written and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Greatest Showman) and directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Paul Feig (The Office, Bridesmaids).
When a documentary crew sets out to explore the lives of residents in a small American town – their dreams, their concerns – they stumble upon the midwestern town of Flatch, which is made up of many eccentric personalities. It’s a place you want to visit and maybe even stay. If there was a decent motel. Which there is not.
The series stars newcomers Chelsea Holmes and Sam Straley, Seann William Scott (Lethal Weapon, American Pie franchise), Aya Cash (The Boys, You’re The Worst), Taylor Ortega (Succession) and newcomers Krystal Smith and Justin Linville.
Pivoting is a single-camera comedy about how we deal with life, death and all the crazy things that happen in between. Set in a small, middle-class town in Long Island, NY, the series follows three women – and close-knit childhood friends – as they cope with the death of the fourth member of their group.
When faced with the reality that life is short, these women pivot, and alter their current paths, by way of a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions.
These pivots will strengthen their bond and prove it’s never too late to screw up your life in the pursuit of happiness. Written and executive-produced by Liz Astrof (The Conners, 2 Broke Girls), the series stars Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Maggie Q (Designated Survivor), Tommy Dewey (Casual), JT Neal (Bless This Mess) and Marcello Reyes (Modern Family).
FOX FALL 2021 SCHEDULE
(All Times ET/PT)
8:00-9:00 PM 9-1-1
9:00-10:00 PM THE BIG LEAP (new series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE RESIDENT
9:00-10:00 PM OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (new series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER
9:00-10:00 PM ALTER EGO (new series)
8:00 PM-CC ET/ THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON FOX
5:00 PM-CC PT
8:00-10:00 PM WWE’S FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / FOX ENCORES
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM THE GREAT NORTH
9:00-9:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9:30-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY