Seeing as Fox is a considerably more successful network than NBC – it does at least have a few successful shows, even if House is on the way out – it’s commissioned fewer new shows than NBC to fill its empty slots, so we’re only going to be looking at The Mob Doctor with My Boys‘ Jordana Spiro, Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project with The Office‘s Mindy Kaling, Kevin Williamson’s The Following with Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and Natalie Zea, and The Goodwin Games with Becki Newton and Scrubs/The Unit’s Scott Foley.
Yes, for some reason – mercury poisoning, temporary insanity – Fox hasn’t picked up The Asset with Ali Larter. Nutters.
My general conclusion: the shows may look as bad as NBC’s, but Fox knows how to make better trailers.
My specific conclusion: The Following looks passable thanks almost purely to James Purefoy and The Goodwin Games actually seems okay. The rest need euthanising.
The Mob Doctor
With Jordana Spiro, Zach Gilford, James Carpinello, William Forsythe (Mondays at 9 pm):
The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as a young female thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a “mob doctor” while also working full-time at Chicago’s most prominent hospital.
Ben & Kate
With Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Jones (Tuesdays at 8:30 pm). I see Lucy Punch in there, too:
Ben and Kate (previously Ben Fox Is My Manny) stars Dakota Johnson as a single mother who gets an assist from her brother (Nat Faxon, the writer of The Descendants), who moves in with her to help raise her baby.
The Mindy Project
With Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Anna Camp (Tuesdays at 9:30 pm):
Mindy Kaling stars as a young Bridget Jones-type doctor as she tries to navigate her personal and professional life in The Mindy Project, previously called It’s Messy. Kaling will depart The Office to focus on writing, executive producing and starring in the comedy, a passion project for the actress.
Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea (to air Mondays):
The Following, from Kevin Williamson, revolves around an ex-FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who leads the search to catch a diabolical serial killer (James Purefoy) who has created a cult of serial killers.
The Goodwin Games
Starring Becki Newton, Scott Foley, Jake Lacy (to air Tuesdays):
From How I Met Your Mother‘s Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, The Goodwin Games stars Becki Newton, Scott Foley and Jake Lacy as siblings who inherit their late father’s fortune – if they agree to his terms.
Fox’s Fall 2012-13 Schedule (New shows are in upper case)
9 pm THE MOB DOCTOR
8 pm Raising Hope
8:30 pm BEN AND KATE
9 pm New Girl
9:30 pm THE MINDY PROJECT
8 The X Factor
8 pm The X Factor (Results Show)
9 pm Glee
8 pm Touch
9 pm Fringe
8 pm Fox Sports Saturday
7 NFL OT
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm American Dad