FOX has picked up four of its pilots for the 2009-10 season, but only one of them will be on the fall schedule. It is, however, bringing its biggest summer show into the fall.
The comedy “Brothers,” starring Darryl “Chill” Mitchell, CCH Pounder, Carl Weathers and former NFL star Michael Strahan, is the only show from FOX’s current pilot crop to make the cut for fall. It will join previously announced newbies “Glee” and “The Cleveland Show,” which were developed before this pilot season, in the fourth-quarter lineup.
The other three shows — dramas “Human Target” and “Past Life” and comedy “Sons of Tucson” — will be held back until midseason, when FOX typically gets a big ratings bump and extra promotional muscle from the return of “American Idol.”
The network will also unveil a new late-night show starring Wanda Sykes in the fall.
The other big news from FOX’s announcement is a new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” in the fall. It will follow the same schedule as “American Idol” does, with performance shows airing from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and hour-long results shows at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, leading into “Glee.”
FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says the decision to move “SYTYCD” into the fall will help give the schedule more stability throughout the season, rather than having to do extensive reworking in January.
Reilly says he’s not concerned that two almost back-to-back cycles of “So You Think You Can Dance” will hurt the show — its summer season starts this week — noting that multiple cycles per season haven’t hurt shows like “The Biggest Loser” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Brothers” and the long-dormant “‘Til Death” will form a comedy block on Friday nights, leading into “Dollhouse.” “The Cleveland Show” will air at 8:30 p.m. Sundays in the fall, then move to 9:30 at midseason when “Sons of Tucson” moves into the 8:30 spot.
“Lie to Me,” which got a 13-episode pickup last week, will bow out at midseason to make room for “24” on Mondays. Following a post-NFL playoff launch on Jan. 17, 2010, “Human Target” — which Reilly says is in the vein of the action-dramas of the ’70s and ’80s — will air on Wednesdays after “Idol,” while “Past Life” will get the “Tuesday” post-“Idol” slot.