FOX, NBC change fall schedules

The Fresno BeeMay 12, 2014 

Let the carnage begin.

After weeks of speculation over which network TV programs would survive to move ahead into the 2014-15 season and which would be canceled, the waiting is over. So far, 17 shows have been bounced as the networks announce their fall lineups this week, starting with NBC and FOX on Monday. ABC will announce changes today, CBS on Wednesday and CW on Thursday.

Here's a closer look at the changes coming on FOX and NBC.


FOX will launch three dramas, one comedy and one reality show in the fall.

Over the past several years, FOX has used a split schedule with a second batch of new programs being added at mid-season. That means there will be seven new series added in early 2015, along with the return of "American Idol XIV," the third installment of "The Following" and "Glee."

To make way for the new shows, FOX canceled freshman series "Almost Human," "Dads," "Enlisted," "Rake" and "Surviving Jack." Also getting the boot was "X Factor," while "Raising Hope" came to an end earlier this year. "American Dad" is ending on FOX, but the series will continue on TBS.

One of the biggest moves being made by FOX is the addition of live-action programming to the Sunday night lineup where animation has been the king. The Andy Samberg comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" takes over the time slot after "The Simpsons" and the new comedy, "Mulaney" — from "Saturday Night Live's" John Mulaney — rounds out the night. He plays a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level.

FOX has also jumped into the comic book hero genre with "Gotham," a new drama that looks at the world of Batman before he dons the cape and cowl. Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue star. It will air at 8 p.m. Mondays.

Also new in the fall on FOX:

"Red Band Society" (9 p.m. Wednesdays): The story of a group of teens who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable star.

"Utopia" (8 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Fridays): Reality show about 15 people who try to build the perfect society.

"Gracepoint" (9 p.m. Thursdays): David Tennant stars in the remake of his British series "Broadchurch" in this 10-part mystery series. Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Nick Nolte and Michael Peña co-star.


NBC will launch six new shows — three dramas and three comedies.

The NBC series getting axed include "Believe," "Crisis," "Community," "Dracula," "Growing Up Fisher," "Ironside," "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Revolution," "Sean Saves the World" and "Welcome to the Family."

The upcoming seventh season of "Parks & Recreation" will be its last.

New on NBC in the fall:

"State of Affairs" (10 p.m. Mondays): Katherine Heigl returns to TV to play a CIA analyst in this White House drama.

"Marry Me" (9 p.m. Tuesdays): Ken Marino and Casey Wilson star in a romantic comedy about two couples trying to find the right time to get engaged.

"The Mysteries of Laura" (8 p.m. Wednesdays): Debra Messing plays an NYPD homicide detective who balances her job and a crazy family life.

"Bad Judge" (9 p.m. Thursdays): Kate Walsh plays a tough judge by day, drummer in a rock band by night.

"A to Z" (9:30 p.m. Thursdays): Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti play a mismatched couple.

"Constantine" (10 p.m. Fridays): Drama based on the DC Comics series "Hellblazer." Matt Ryan stars.

FOX fall 2014-15 schedule


8 p.m. "Gotham" (new)

9 p.m. "Sleepy Hollow"


8 p.m. "Utopia" (new)

9 p.m. "New Girl"

9:30 p.m. "The Mindy Project"


8 p.m. "Hell's Kitchen"

9 p.m. "Red Band Society" (new)


8 p.m. "Bones"

9 p.m. "Gracepoint" (new)


8 p.m. "Masterchef Junior"

9 p.m. "Utopia" (new)


4 p.m. "FOX Sports Saturday: FOX College Football"


7:30 p.m. "Bob's Burgers"

8 p.m. "The Simpsons"

8:30 p.m. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

9 p.m. "Family Guy"

9:30 p.m. "Mulaney" (new)

NBC fall 2014-15 schedule


8 p.m. "The Voice"

10 p.m. "The Blacklist" / "State of Affairs" (Nov. 17, new)


8 p.m. "The Voice"

9 p.m. "Marry Me (new)

9:30 p.m. "About A Boy"

10 p.m. "Chicago Fire"


8 p.m. "The Mysteries of Laura" (new)

9 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU"

10 p.m. "Chicago P.D."


8 p.m. "The Biggest Loser"

9 p.m. "Bad Judge" (new) / "The Blacklist" (Feb. 5)

9:30 p.m. "A to Z (new)

10 p.m. "Parenthood"


8 p.m. "Dateline"

9 p.m. "Grimm"

10 p.m. "Constantine" (new)


8 p.m. Repeats


5:20 p.m. "Sunday Night Football"


TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at

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