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'Idol' format changing, 'Glee' getting post-Super Bowl on Fox

(Update: Check out clips of Fox's new fall shows.)

Fox will try to launch a new night of comedies - live-action ones, not animated -- on Tuesday in the fall, using "Glee" to kick off the night at 8.


Fox's "Glee" snags prime timeslot. (Fox)

"Glee" will get the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot early next calendar year. One reporter on the phone call with Fox suits Monday morning suggested it was not the most compatible show with the football-viewing crowd. Fox suits hemmed and hawed over that one, until one remembered ABC had slapped a "Grey's Anatomy" episode after the Super Bowl a few years back and that seemed to shut the reporter up.

"American Idol's" format will be changed because the network has discovered we want to see more performances and less Ford Music Videos - go figure. So Tuesday performance nights will run 90 minutes - except of course, when they're 120 minutes long - and results shows will be tightened to 30 minutes. Which is to say they will become the results shows of the first couple seasons, before Fox got greedy and started jamming them with infomercials for cars and pop stars plugging upcoming tours.

No decision on a Simon Cowell replacement for the show, though, and, to give them more time to find one, auditions have been bumped to September for the next edition. Fox execs on the phone with the press Monday morning were completely taken aback when one reporter asked if they'd taken into account the viewer poll that was put on the Idol Web site asking you to weigh in on each of the judges, whether you like having four judges instead of three, what do you think of the Judges Save gag they started last year and so on.

Turns out, they had no idea what the reporter was talking about except one, who said they had not put the poll up. So which is worse, not asking viewers what they think is right and wrong with the show in a poll - or putting up a poll to ask you questions and then ignoring your answers? We were assured they've done a lot of focus group testing, however, and do take that into consideration. Thanks for nothing.


"Running Wilde" stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell. (Fox)

To come up with two sitcoms to follow "Glee" in the fall, Fox has dipped back into the "Arrested Development" gene pool.....sigh... Yes, Jim Vellely, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett are getting another at-bat on the Fox lineup -- this time in "Running Wilde," starring Arnett and Keri Russell of "Felicity" and "Waitress" fame, as a playboy trying to win the heart of childhood sweetheart Russell. Fox describes Russell's character as only Fox can: "uber-liberal humanitarian."

The other comedy, "Raising Hope" is from "My Name is Earl" creator Greg Garcia. Shockingly, it's about a slacker guy living at home with his family, including granny (Cloris Leachman), mom, dad and cousin Mike. Slacker Guy discovers he got a chick pregnant and the chick is a felon, so he takes in the baby girl named Hope. Think "Earl" with child.

"Lie to Me" and "Human Target" have somehow survived this season's less than stellar ratings, but will be required to lead off nights of primetime - Wednesday and Friday, respectively. "Lie" leads in to self starter "Hell's Kitchen" - no heavy lifting there - and "Human Target" leads in to "The Good Guys," which is debuting this summer and, let's face it, may not survive if it tanks in the ratings.


"Lonestar" stars newcomer James Wolk. (Fox)

Fox has inexplicably decided the perfect show to follow its doc-drama "House" is a new soap opera set against the backdrop of "big Texas oil." "Lonestar" focuses on a guy named Bob Allen who is married to the daughter of an oil baron (Jon Voight) in Houston. But, a few few hundred miles away in Midland, Bob is the perfect boyfriend to his sweet naïve live-in girlfriend who is secretly bilking local investors of their savings. Bob's a busy boy. Bob "begins to fear his secret lives may unravel" when one of his brothers-in-law begins to smell a rat. Poor Bob. Bob is divided by his love for two women, and his loyalty to his father and mentor (David Keith). Watch our hero Bob as he tries to hold his two lives together while fending off angry investors and the suspicions of those around him. Or, watch that new drama "The Event" on NBC. Or CBS's comedies. Or Monday Night Football. Or do a load of laundry. Play with the dog, maybe.


Shawn Ryan cop drama "Ride Along" is slated to air Mondays. (Fox)

Fox also unveiled a midseason schedule on Monday but let's face it, by the time the start of the new calendar year rolls around, Fox's midseason often bears little resemblance to what they announce to advertisers during Upfront Week.

That said, Fox believes they are going to put a new Shawn Ryan cop drama on Monday after "House." Chicago-set "Ride Along" is about a "larger-than-life" cop who is all "razor blades and brass knuckles wrapped in politeness and egoless charm." Jarek Wysocki "throws away partners the way others throw away tissues" Fox said. No, seriously, they really did - I couldn't make that one up. Jennifer Beals plays the police chief - Fox on Monday would only commit to acknowledging she was the person "at the pinnacle of the Chicago Police Department."


Fox adds Loren Bouchard's animated series "Bob's Burgers" to its roster. (Fox)

Also for midseason, Fox is adding yet another animated series to its Sunday lineup. But, here's the headline: It's NOT from Seth MacFarlane! "Bob's Burgers" is about a man, his family and a burger joint. And his name is Bob Belcher - get it?! This one's from Loren Bouchard, who has worked for Comedy Central and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

And, at some point in the new season - or not - Fox will schedule, somewhere a new "epic family adventure" set in the future - 2149 -- but featuring dinosaurs. Which can only mean - Steven Spielberg! "Terra Nova" follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race, Fox promises. Fox also promises this show will not be scheduled until it's ready, noting it's a gigantic special-effects undertaking.

Fall 2010 schedule (new shows are in bold):

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Lie to Me*
9 p.m. Hell's Kitchen

THURSDAY
8 p.m. Bones
9 p.m. Fringe

FRIDAY
8 p.m. Human Target*
9 p.m. The Good Guys*

SATURDAY
8 p.m. Cops
8:30 p.m. Cops
9 p.m. America's Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7 p.m. The OT (NFL post-game)
8 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show
9 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. American Dad

*moved to a new timeslot

Midseason 2011:

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar/Ride-Along

TUESDAY
8 p.m. American Idol performance show
9 p.m. Running Wilde/Mixed Signals

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Raising Hope*
8:30 p.m. American Idol results show
9 p.m. Glee*

THURSDAY
8 p.m. Bones
9 p.m. Fringe

FRIDAY
8 p.m. Human Target
9 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares

SATURDAY
8 p.m. Cops
8:30 p.m. Cops
9 p.m. America's Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7:30 p.m. American Dad*
8 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. Bob's Burgers
9 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show*

*moved to a new timeslot

By Lisa de Moraes  |  May 17, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
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Comments

Really, people want to see performances over fluff? Whoever at Fox came up with that is a genius.

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | May 17, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Jane Lynch in character as Sue Sylvester came out to introduce Fox's entertainment president Kevin Reilly or as she put it, "I was asked to whip that Kennedy brother into shape." Lynch proceeded to comment on Reilly's appearance while standing in front of a giant headshot of the smiling Fox executive.

"He has been coasting on those shiny weatherman looks for too long," Lynch said to a thunderous laughter. "Look at his hear. The last time I saw something that sweet and sticky, it came with a coffee and had jelly in it. And how many times a week does he bleach his teeth?" She went on to introduce "Fox's president of blah blah blah whatever Kevin Reilly."

Posted by: gpoi | May 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Check out this funny parody of "American Idol" and "Glee" that popped up on youtube. The animation is a riot! Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5zP7_C2Fjk

Posted by: AlexT3 | May 17, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

HEY! DOES ANY ONE ELSE THINKS AMERICAN IDOL MIGHT BE GETTIG A CUT OF LEE DEWYZE CONTRACT? THATS WHY THEY ARE PRAISING HIM .THEY HAVE ALREADY PICKED HIM AS THE WINNER.AMERICAN IDOL IS ABOUT FINDING TALENT AND THE WINNER GETS A CONTRACT BUT,LEE ALREADY HAS A CONTRACT .SOMETHING IS FISHY HERE .VERY DISAPPOINTED AND AMERICAN IDOL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THERE SELFS .LEE DEWYZE SHOULD STEP DOWN.THEY HAVE ALL WORKED THERE BUTTS OFF .BUT LEE IS A CHEAT.

Posted by: swwenner | May 20, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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