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Fox in 2017-18: Six New Series; Three Newbies This Fall
From PromaxBDA: Similar to last fall’s surprisingly conservative primetime line-up, Fox will introduce just three new series this fall (and six overall in 2017-18). The starters are Marvel action/adventure “The Gifted” (Monday at 9 p.m.out of relocated “Lucifer”), dramedy “The Orville” (Thursday at 9 p.m. out of relocated “Gotham”), and sitcom “Ghosted,” which will be sandwiched between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” on Sunday. The midseason entries are dramas “9-1-1” and “The Resident,” and comedy “LA to Vegas.”
Hoping to build some tentpoles, Fox will utilize dramas “Empire” and sophomore “Lethal Weapon” to support returning drama “Star” and sitcoms “The Mick” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” respectively. “Lethal Weapon” will move into the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, leading into the two comedies. And Lee Daniels’ two dramas — “Empire” and “Star,” air back-to-back on Wednesday nights for what Fox hopes is a seamless night of musical-themed dramatic storytelling.
Fox, additionally, has ordered a seventh – and final – season of comedy “New Girl” which will finish its run in midseason. “The X-Files“ will also return, with 10 new episodes in an unconfirmed time period. And the network has not ruled out additional seasons of revivals “24: Legacy” or “Prison Break,” and well as “Bones” (which recently finished a 12-season run). Fox had also considered reviving “American Idol,” which will be relaunched on ABC this midseason. For an analysis of the line-up, click here
Bravo Orders Scripted Drama “All That Glitters”
Bravo has greenlit a scripted six-hour series called “All That Glitters” based on the friendship and rivalry of magazine editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown. The project is on the book “Newhouse” by Thomas Maier and it hails from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and “Masters of Sex’s” Judith Verno. Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are writing and exec producing. Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television are producing.
The logline: “All That Glitters” presents the “true story” of the behind the scenes rivalry, relationship and “remarkable ascent” of pop-culture icons of “Vogue’s” Anna Wintour and Tina Brown of “Vanity Fair” and “The New Yorker.” As both bold and driven women fight their way to the top of a male-dominated industry driven by greed and betrayal, they each find new paths to change the world around them — Tina, through the intersection of high-culture and celebrity, and Anna with an instinct for high fashion and emerging talent.
Interesting footnote: The title “All That Glitters” was originally used for a short-lived syndicated sitcom from Norman Lear in 1977, which depicted the trials and tribulations of a group of executives. It starred Eileen Brennan, Greg Evigan, Lois Nettleton, Gary Sandy, Tim Thomerson, Jessica Walter and Linda Gray.
Netflix Announces “Tidelands”
Netflix has announced its first Australian original series “Tidelands,” which is a supernatural crime drama that follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”
The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.