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The Fox Fall Schedule: My Take

Now that I've had a while to think through the new Fox fall schedule, I have some thoughts on which news is good, which is bad and which is still a little baffling. Take a spin through my list, then let me know what you think. (Don't forget to look at my thoughts on the ABC, NBC and CBS schedules, too!)


  • "The Rules for Starting Over," starring Rashida Jones, got picked up for midseason — so do you think Karen's going to corporate tonight?
  • At first glance, Fox's schedule looked like such a confusing jumble that I wasn't sure I understood what they were doing — but on second thought, I think parts of it could be brilliant. One of the big problems with TV this year was shows being split up by lots and lots of midseason repeats, losing their momentum (and viewers) along the way. Fox seems to want to run more shows straight through ("24" style) and replace them with a new show when the episodes run out, and I think that's a good move. On the other hand, moving so many shows around to new time slots midseason just seems like a way to frustrate viewers.

  • For the moment. there's no mention of "American Idol" being on Thursdays at all next year; the current schedule would keep it at a maximum of two nights per week. Fingers crossed.

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  • I'm not usually a cop show kind of gal, but "K-Ville" actually intrigues me. It's the first fictional show to be set in post-Katrina New Orleans, and I hope the series comes up with an appropriate and interesting way to show the hurricane's aftermath.
  • Julianna Margulies was one of my favorites on "ER" back in the day, so I'm glad she's back with her own show. "Canterbury's Law," though, doesn't sound like appointment TV for me.
  • Fox had more shows marked "working title" than any other network this week. "The Return of Jezebel James," "The Search for the Next Great American Band," "The Rules for Starting Over" and "Nashville" all could be getting new names before they premiere. (Thank goodness.)
  • Speaking of "Jezebel James," I'm so glad I'll get to see this show — and with Lauren Ambrose in the cast, most of the core "Six Feet Under" cast (Peter Krause, Rachel Griffiths, Michael C. Hall) will be back on TV somewhere.
  • I cannot believe "New Amsterdam" got picked up, I really can't. I like Lasse Hallstrom's films, but this show just sounds baffling.

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