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2018 Fall TV Preview – Fox (Said “Fuck it. Have a Bunch of Multi-Cams.”)

I’ve been trying to figure out why it feels like Fox’s fall offerings feel like so much…less. They didn’t cancel that many shows and they’re picking up about the same amount of pilots as last year. Is it because they cancelled shows like Brooklyn Nine Nine that were so beloved they got scooped up by other networks almost immediately? Is it because the stuff they did pick up for fall are all multi-cam comedies? Perhaps it’s because they gutted their lineup to make way for a new NFL deal. The time they made for football on Thursday is room enough for four half hour comedies or two hourlong dramas.

…or a drama and two comedies. Or a dramedy that is-okay, I’ll stop.

Rel

Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect and a new barber. Inspired by Lil Rel’s real life.

Starring: Lil Rel Howery, Jess Hilarious, Jordan L. Jones, and Sinbad.

Pros:

You guys, It’s Sinbad! Sinbad is back! Remember how much fun he was in the 90s? *whispers* Was his beard always red?

Anyway, Lil Rel is a charisma bomb. You know that. You saw Get Out. But perhaps the more relevant reference here is The Carmichael Show. That show was cancelled last year and Rel contains much of its DNA. It’s produced by Jerrod Carmichael himself. It’s got Carmichael Show writers. And, of course, Lil Rel (the man who regularly stole scenes from Tiffany Haddish). That show was so good that, even though the trailer didn’t knock my socks off, I will go into this with high expectations.

Cons:

Some of y’all are really down on multi-cam sitcoms. Like…to the point where you refuse to watch anything filmed that way. I blame Chuck Lorre. I understand your frustration but there are genuinely wonderful multi-cams out there (The Carmichael Show and One Day at a Time both being some the best tv to air this decade). But when multi-cams are shit, they are fucking grating. I’m not sure where this will land, despite its pedigree.

Premieres September 9th, Airs Sundays 9:30 PM EST

The Cool Kids

Cool Kids revolves around three guy friends in a retirement community (David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, Martin Mull) who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Vicki Lawrence) who’s ready to challenge their place.

Starring: David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, Martin Mull, and Vicki Lawrence

 

Pros:

Given that society tends to treat people over a certain age like they should be out on ice floe instead of living their lives, this could explore some cool ideas. Speaking of, the stars of this show have a combined 160 years in this business. While David Alan Grier is my favorite, his co-stars are veteran scene-stealers and comedy ringers in their own right. There’s also the It’s Always Sunny connection (Artemis!). The Mick has given that group a good track record when it comes to other projects but I’m curious as to how a multi-cam from the It’s Always Sunny people will go. Charlie Day has said his main inspiration for the show is Golden Girls and that’s never a bad thing.

Cons:

I watched the trailer.

…It’s definitely a show.

Premieres September 28th, Airs Fridays 8:30 PM EST

Last Man Standing

Hit comedy “Last Man Standing” joins the Fox lineup. A fan-favorite for six seasons, the series stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness, despite being surrounded by women.

Pros:

It’s Tool Time! Get psyched! The resurrection of Jonathan Taylor Thomas is near. We’ll finally get to see what happened to Randy, Mark, and…the other one. Maybe we’ll find out what Wilson’s face looks li-

Hmmm? What’s that?

No. It said beloved Tim Allen show.

Ohhhhhh.

Oh.

WHY THE FU-

Cons:

So, I guess we’re rebooting this thing that only went off the air last year.

And not Home Improvement.

I don’t get you, Fox.

Okay, well. Last Man Standing was quite popular and I’m sure it will do very well on this new network.

What else can I say about this…they’ve said that they’re not going to mention if his character is a supporter of the President. That’s interesting. They’re recasting one the daughters. Kaitlyn Dever’s always quite good in things. Ummmmmmm. Oh! They’re adding a new character who… is an Asian foreign exchange student that comes from “a different political system” that will lead to “some wonderful discussions and conflicts.”

Okay. I’m sure that storyline will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity and I’ll never know if it wasn’t.

Premieres September 28th, Airs Fridays 8PM EST

What More Interesting Shows Did They Move To Midseason?

The Passage

A secret government medical facility is experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on 10‐year‐old Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment, and Brad Wolgast, the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.

I’ve never read the books that these were based on but precocious child/action dude combo meets vampire apocalypse does sound like something I would watch. I miss Mark-Paul Gosseleaar’s magnificent Pitch beard, though. Also, Pitch.

Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui

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Proven Innocent

Focuses on a wrongful conviction firm led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice. The team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were “proven” guilty. The leader’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity.  While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies— one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. She defends others as she fights to maintain her own innocence.

Starring: Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith, Clare O’Connor, and Kelsey Grammar

It’s an important subject with a great cast (Pete Campbell with a beard!). It’s got an interesting hook in that the main character will frequently go up against the prosecutor who put her away for a crime she didn’t commit. I think it’ll be good. But I also thought that Three Days in the Valley thing would be good so…*shrug*

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Other Fall Previews:

The CW