FOX’s fall TV kicks off in less than a week, so it’s time to catch up on everything you’ve missed before your favorite shows return. Luckily, Zap2it has exactly what you need. From “Gotham” to “The Last Man on Earth” to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” here’s a breakdown of everything you’ve missed and what to expect from FOX’s returning shows.
‘Gotham’ – Mon., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., FOX
With Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) out of the picture, the villains will rise in Season 2 of “Gotham.” Not only is Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) the king of Gotham City, but Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) is back with a vengeance and bringing a group of the criminally insane with him. He’s not alone, though. Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) have their sites set on ruling over Gotham City. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has his work cut out for him.
“Empire” – Wed., Sept. 23, 9 p.m., FOX
The Lyons family is more divided than ever. Lucious (Terrence Howard) has been arrested for Bunkie’s (Antoine McKay) murder and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) has united her oldest and youngest against poor middle child Jamal (Jussie Smollet) after he was put in control of Empire Entertainment. Then, of course, Cookie tried and failed to kill Lucious. With the future of Empire Entertainment hanging in the balance, the show will welcome a slew of guest stars — Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris and Al Sharpton to name a few — and has added Marisa Tomei as lesbian billionaire Mimi Whiteman.
“Bob’s Burgers” – Sun., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., FOX
“Bob’s Burgers” returns for Season 6 with a long list of guest stars, including, Paul Rudd, Henry Winkler, Steve Buscemi, Wanda Sykes, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Sarah Silverman, Megan Mullally and Rhys Darby. There hasn’t been much revealed about the new episodes yet, but Tina (Dan Mintz) will ride a horse for the first time in “The Horse Rider-er.”
“The Simpsons” – Sun., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., FOX
For its unprecedented Season 27, “The Simpsons” has lines up a wide array of guest voices that includes Kristen Bell, magician David Copperfield, Lena Dunham, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Edward James Olmos. Additionally, Kelsey Grammer will return to the show as Sideshow Bob. Most notably, the series has retained Harry Shearer, who publicly quit the series in May. Two months later, he re-signed to voice his characters — Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner and so many more.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Sun., Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m., FOX
There’s a new nightmare of a captain in the precinct. Bill Hader joins the series as Capt. Dozerman, who replaces Holt (Andre Braugher) after he takes a new job. The big news is Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero), though. After finally kissing in the Season 2 finale, the pair need to figure out whether a relationship will work.
“Family Guy” – Sun., Sept. 27, 9 p.m., FOX
Season 14 of “Family Guy” has quite a bit lined up. Quagmire is revealed to be a Korean soap opera star, Brian goes into Stewie’s mind, Chris becomes a registered sex offender and Peter raises the legal drinking age to 50 on accident. The show will also welcome guest stars Kate McKinnon, Ed O’Neill, Glenn Close, Kyle Chandler, Neil deGrasse Tyson and more.
“The Last Man on Earth” – Sun., Sept. 27, 9:30 p.m., FOX
Phil Tandy (Will Forte) may no longer be the last man on earth, but he’s moving on up to the White House with Carol (Kristen Schaal). After Phil was booted from the group in Tuscon, he and Carol made the trip east to find a new home. Jason Sudeikis will appear on the show again in Season 2 as Phil’s brother, who was an astronaut stranded on a space station when the virus broke out.
“Bones” – Thurs., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., FOX
Though Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) ended Season 10 by leaving the Jeffersonian and FBI respectively, they are back in action with the team with the return of “Bones.” They’ll also welcome a very special squintern in the form of Betty White.
“Sleepy Hollow” – Thurs., Oct. 1, 9 p.m., FOX
In Season 3, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) will cross paths with former love Betsy Ross, played by new series regular Nikki Reed. Shannyn Sossamon will also join as Pandora, a new presence in Sleepy Hollow, seeking out help from Crane and Abbie (Nicole Beharie). Most interestingly, the show will crossover with “Bones” in the new season, though exactly how that will be handled remains a mystery.
“MasterChef Junior” – Fri., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., FOX
Gordon Ramsey, Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi welcome a new group of young home cooks aiming to be crowd the next Junior MasterChef. The children face a series of tough challenges and new recipes if they want to join the likes of former winners Alexander Weiss, Logan Guleff and Nathan Odom, though.
“World’s Funniest” – Fri., Nov. 6, 9 p.m., FOX
Terry Crews is back to showcase more videos of people falling down, hurting themselves and generally failing at what they attempt — to hilarious results. Each episode will find Crews and a panel of comedians deciding who wins Fail of the Week, giving that person bragging rights until the next episode.