Fox’s upfronts 2016-7 – a rundown and clips from the new shows

If you play the fabulous game that is ‘media word association’ and say ‘Fox’, invariably the associated word everyone comes up with is ‘News’. However, it’s worth remembering that ’20th Century’ is an equally valid response.

So that’s why no one should be too surprised that Fox’s Upfronts 2016 (you can see elsewhere what NBC and USA are up to this year) is chock full of ‘synergy’ with Fox’s established ‘brands’. In other words, spin-offs, adaptations and remakes of things you’ve already seen and have heard about.

Brace yourself then because, after the jump, on top of the almost original sounding Making History, The Mick, Son of Zorn, Shots Fired, APB and Pitch, we also have another music drama from Empire‘s Lee Daniels (Star), an ‘event remake’ of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sequels to Prison Break and 24, and TV series adaptations of Lethal Weapon and… wait for it… The Exorcist.

The power of Christ will not compel you to watch that last one.

Son Of Zorn
Short version
He-Man-esque animation mixed with live action, as cartoon hero has to try to bond with his real-life son.
Long version
Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man On Earth, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers), Son Of Zorn is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. Zorn (Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, has fought in countless epic battles throughout his life, but may find the greatest challenge of all when travels back to suburbia to reconnect with his family. Once there, Zorn finds himself estranged from his son, Alangulon or just “Alan” (Johnny Pemberton, 21 Jump Street), a 17-year-old with a mellow, P.C. attitude; and Alan’s mother, Zorn’s ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm), a former wild child now living the life of an upper middle class mom. Zorn’s efforts to win them back are complicated by the fact that Edie is now engaged to Craig (Tim Meadows, Saturday Night Live), an online psychology professor and a stable presence in their lives. Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales under his boss, Linda (Artemis Pebdani, Scandal, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who likes his passion, but just wants him to rein it in at the office. As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood, divorce and a boring office job. Sure, as an overlord of pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of enemies: meter maids, dress codes and the DMV.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Seth Cohen, Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne, Sally McKenna, Eric Appel
WRITERS: Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne
DIRECTOR: Eric Appel
CAST: Jason Sudeikis as Zorn, Johnny Pemberton as Alan, Cheryl Hines as Edie, Tim Meadows as Craig, Artemis Pebdani as Linda

TMINE’s verdict
A lot funnier as an idea than in implementation and only really novel in terms of mixing animation and live-action, it does nevertheless manage to raise the occasional laugh.

The Mick
Short version
Sleazy woman manages to take over her rich sister’s life but then has to deal with her nephews and niece.
Long version
The Mick is a no-holds-barred single-camera comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase “dysfunctional family.” Mackenzie aka “Mickey” (Kaitlin Olson, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island who has spent her entire life shirking any semblance of responsibility. Lacking any drive, but in constant search of the next easy payday, Mickey is not without her charms. She’s smart, she’s fun, and despite all appearances, her head’s always in the game. She just needs a big win. That win kinda, sorta comes true when, looking for a handout, Mickey visits her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law in Greenwich, CT, but gets more than she bargained for, as this absurdly rich couple flees the country to escape federal fraud charges. In a surprising turn of events, Mickey must assume guardianship of their three high-maintenance and ill-parented children: Sabrina (Sofia Black D’Elia, The Messengers, Gossip Girl), an ambitious, 18-going-on-30-year-old who is a worthy adversary to Mickey; Chip (Thomas Barbusca, The New Normal, Grey’s Anatomy), 13, an arrogant, entitled neo-con-in-the-making with an extremely punchable face; and BEN (newcomer Jack Stanton), seven, an adorably fragile nerd. The life that Mickey has wanted for so long now is within her reach – the mansion, the convertible, the swimming pool, the walk-in closet full of designer clothes. But as Mickey is well aware, nothing in life is free. The price? Transforming these outrageously spoiled children into honest, hard-working, decent members of society – something this foul-mouthed, debaucherous and completely out-of-her-element woman knows absolutely nothing about. Being a mother was never in Mickey’s game plan, but these kids desperately need a parent. And as irresponsible as Mickey has been her entire life, she may discover that responsibility and motherhood aren’t the buzzkill she always thought they would be.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John Chernin, Dave Chernin, Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst, Randall Einhorn
WRITERS: John Chernin, Dave Chernin
DIRECTOR: Randall Einhorn
CAST: Kaitlin Olson as Mackenzie, Sofia Black-D’Elia as Sabrina, Thomas Barbusca as Chip, Jack Stanton as Ben, Carla Jimenez as Alba, Susan Park as Liz

TMINE’s verdict
This year’s Ringer? This year’s Bad Judge? Or is it this month’s Idiotsitter? Whatever it is, it’s not original and it’s not funny.

Making History
Short version
Time-travelling idiot messes up US history so that the American Revolution never takes place, so he enlists a nerdy history professor to come back with him to fix what he’s broken.
Long version

Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street), and written by Julius “Goldy” Sharpe (The Grinder, Family Guy), the new comedy Making History follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world. Dan Chambers (Adam Pally, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings), a computer science professor at a small Massachusetts college, recently discovered time travel and has been transporting himself back to the 1700s to spend time with the colonial woman he’s fallen for. In the present, Dan is an unpopular nerd. But by claiming song lyrics, lines from movies and stand-up bits as his own in the 18th century, he’s absolutely hilarious – he gets the girl and makes friends. But Dan’s actions in the past are messing up the present. That woman he’s dating is not just any woman. She’s Paul Revere’s daughter, Deborah (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl), and Dan’s meddling in the past causes her father to delay his famous ride, which may have altered the outcome of the entire American Revolution. To set matters right, Dan enlists the help of his colleague, Chris Parish (Yassir Lester, Girls, Key and Peele), a brilliant, polished and popular history professor, who’s now given the incredible opportunity to actually live the history he teaches. Can Dan, Chris and Deborah save America as we know it? Can a woman from 1775 adapt to life in 2016? Can the three intrepid time travelers improve the past, help the helpless, fight for justice and get rich?

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Julius “Goldy” Sharpe, Seth Cohen
WRITER: Julius “Goldy” Sharpe
DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
CAST: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris

TMINE’s verdict
You’re not going to be amazed by its firm grasp of history, obvs, but it’s original and amusing. And I laughed, which is the important thing. Also, Adam Pally’s great in everything and I’d been wondering what Leighton Meester had been up to of late, too, so I’ll be watching for both of them, certainly.

The Exorcist
Short version
Classic 70s horror movie gets a TV adaptation.
Long version
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist returns as a TV series. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), The Exorcist is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera, Sense8, The Chosen) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. Father Marcus Brennan (Ben Daniels, Flesh and Bone, House of Cards) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission. Caught in the middle is the Rance family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, Henry Rance (guest star Alan Ruck, Spin City, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter Katherine (Brianne Howey, Scream Queens) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka, The Fosters), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother Angela (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, Commander in Chief, Thelma & Louise) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Morgan Creek Productions
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeremy Slater, Rolin Jones, James Robinson, Barbara Wall, David Robinson, Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee
WRITER: Jeremy Slater
DIRECTOR: Rupert Wyatt
CAST: Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega, Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Brennan, Geena Davis as Angela Rance, Brianne Howey as Katherine Rance, Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance, Kurt Egyiawan as Brother Bennett

TMINE’s verdict
An unholy marriage of 70s classic horror with 00s horrific ‘quiet quiet thud’ direction, you’ll want this out of your house as soon as possible.

Lethal Weapon
Short version
Classic 80s action movie gets the small screen treatment
Long version
Action and drama with friendship and humor, Lethal Weapon reboots the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, Rectify) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., My Wife and Kids, In Living Color), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet, this partnership could be lethal. But during their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh on a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and into a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a family and a newborn baby of his own. By the time their investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend like Murtaugh. And even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first…

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Good Session Productions, Lin Pictures
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz
WRITER: Matt Miller
CAST: Damon Wayans, Sr. as Roger Murtaugh, Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs, Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill, Kevin Rahm as Captain Brooks Avery, Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh

TMINE’s verdict
I’m a big fan of the original movie, not a fan of the follow-ups, and this looks like a nasty mish-mash of the franchise’s basics that misses all the reasons why the original was so good.

24: Legacy 
Short version
Sequel to 24 that doesn’t feature Jack Bauer.
Long version
The clock ticks again with 24: Legacy, the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning 24. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day), Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 24), writers and executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz (24, 24: Live Another Day), director and executive producer Stephen Hopkins (24) and executive producer and original series star Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins, Straight Outta Compton), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team is now exposed. To thwart further attacks, Carter enlists Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto, Homeland), who quarterbacked the raid that killed Bin-Khalid. She’s a brilliant and ambitious intelligence officer who has stepped down from her post as National Director of CTU to support her husband, Senator John Donovan (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jimmy Smits, NYPD Blue, The West Wing), in his campaign for President of the United States. Decades of sleepless nights and missed anniversaries landed her at the top. With the White House within their grasp, can she truly embrace a new role as First Lady? Or will her love of the action draw her back in? Together, in this fast-paced thrill ride, Carter and Ingram uncover a sophisticated terrorist network that will force them to ask: “Who can we trust?” As they battle Bin-Khalid’s devotees, they are forced to confront their own identities, families and pasts.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Television, Teakwood Lane
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Stephen Hopkins, Kiefer Sutherland
WRITERS: Manny Coto, Evan Katz
DIRECTOR: Stephen Hopkins
CAST: Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter, Miranda Otto as Rebecca Ingram, Jimmy Smits as Senator John Donovan, Teddy Sears as Keith Mullins, Dan Bucatinsky as Andy Shalowitz, Anna Diop as Nicole Carter, Ashley Thomas as Isaac Carter, Charlie Hofheimer as Ben Grimes, Coral Pena as Mariana Stiles, Sheila Vand as Nilaa

TMINE verdict
Nothing in the trailer to really draw you in or put you off, beyond a whole lot of stereotypes. Could be good, but without Jack Bauer, it seems unlikely.

Short version
Girl from wrong side of the tracks tries to make it big in a girl group.
Long version
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels – creator and executive producer of broadcast’s No. 1 series, Empire – partners with Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth) to pull back the curtain on music’s gritty and dark reality in Star. Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, Star follows three talented singers, desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Meet Star (newcomer Jude Demorest), a tough-as-nails young woman, who came up in the foster care system and decides one day to take control of her destiny. Star tracks down her sister, Simone (newcomer Brittany O’Grady), and her Instagram bestie, Alexandra (newcomer Ryan Destiny), and together, the trio journeys to Atlanta to become music superstars. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (Bessie, Bringing Down The House) plays Carlotta, a surrogate mother to the young crew. Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (24: Live Another Day, Law & Order) rounds out the cast as Jahil, a down-on-his-luck talent agent looking to revitalize his career, who’s taken a certain shining to Star. The series will also feature guest star and Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Hunger Games). Reality soon dawns on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost. And sometimes that cost is too high.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment
CO-CREATORS/WRITERS: Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy, Charles Murray, Pamela Oas Williams, Effie Brown
DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels
CAST: Queen Latifah as Carlotta Brown, Benjamin Bratt as Jahil Rivera, Jude Demorest as Star Davis, Ryan Destiny as Alexandra, Brittany O’Grady as Simone Davis

TMINE’s verdict
Good pedigree, great supporting cast, but cliché-ridden and has the potential to be Showgirls. Too many young people and too much music for me, too.

Short version
Woman becomes first female Major League baseball player.
Long version
From executive producers Dan Fogelman (Cars, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Rick Singer (Younger, American Dad), Pitch is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. A beautiful, tough and gifted athlete, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, Under The Dome) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut. Like any rookie, Ginny must prove herself to her teammates. Foremost among them is Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Franklin & Bash, NYPD Blue), the team’s ruggedly handsome star catcher. There’s instant chemistry between them, although neither dares admit it. After all, Mike is captain of the team and a few of his players don’t even want Ginny on the field. One of the players watching Ginny’s back is center fielder Blip Sanders (Mo McRae, Sons of Anarchy), an old friend from the minor leagues. Guiding her is her agent/confidante AMELIA SLATER (Ali Larter, Legends, Heroes). Amelia saw Ginny’s star potential early on and left her previous job as a Hollywood publicist to concentrate on the young phenom. Although groomed for this moment by her demanding father, Bill Baker (guest star Michael Beach, Sons of Anarchy), the end of Ginny’s improbable journey is the beginning of an almost impossible one: representing her gender as she embarks on a successful baseball career under the glare of the white-hot media spotlight. It’s a goal hard enough for anyone to achieve – except this player is also a woman, who happens to be the most important historical figure in sports since Jackie Robinson. This season, Ginny Baker will be the other woman trying to break into one of the oldest, most exclusive men’s clubs in the country.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
WRITERS: Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer, Kevin Falls, Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Jess Rosenthal, Paris Barclay
DIRECTOR: Paris Barclay
CAST: Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson, Ali Larter as Amelia Slater, Mark Consuelos as Oscar Arguella, Dan Lauria as Al Luongo, Mo McRae as Blip Sanders, Meagan Holder as Evelyn Sanders, Tim Jo as Eliot

TMINE’s verdict
The words ‘inspiring’ and ‘baseball’ don’t belong in the same sentence as far as I’m concerned, and this looks pretty insipid stuff anyway. But Ali Larter.

Police work isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. Inspired by true events, APB is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (Lucifer, Underworld) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice). Sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption: the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department is spiraling out of control. Enter billionaire engineer Gideon Reeves (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, Tyrant, Weeds). After his best friend is murdered in a botched attempted robbery, and the killer remains at large, Gideon demands justice. Putting up millions of dollars of his own money, he makes an unprecedented deal to take over the troubled 13th District – and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology created by Gideon himself, this eccentric yet brilliant outsider challenges the city’s police force to rethink everything about the way they fight crime. But the near-overnight transition to the city’s most advanced police district doesn’t sit well with all of its members. Gideon knows if he’s going to change anything, he needs an ally, whom he finds in officer Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez, Kingdom, Under the Dome), an ambitious, street-smart cop who is ready to embrace Gideon’s technological changes. With the help of Gideon’s gifted tech officer, Ada Hamilton (Caitlin Stasey Reign), he and Murphy embark on a mission to turn the 13th District – including a skeptical Sgt. Ned Conrad (Ernie Hudson, Grace and Frankie, Ghostbusters), and determined officers Nicholas Brandt (Taylor Handley Vegas, Southland) and Tasha Goss (Tamberla Perry Boss) – into a dedicated crime-fighting force of the 21st century.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Len Wiseman, Matt Nix, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Robert Friedman
WRITER: Matt Nix
DIRECTOR: Len Wiseman
CAST: Justin Kirk as Gideon Reeves, Natalie Martinez as Theresa Murphy, Ernie Hudson as Sgt. Ned Conrad, Taylor Handley as Officer Nicholas Brandt, Caitlin Stasey as Ada Hamilton, Tamberla Perry as Officer Tasha Goss, Eric Winter as Scott Murphy

TMINE’s verdict
Potentially interesting idea ruined a borderline insulting implementation. Still, hand it to Fox to turn in something that makes privatising the police look like it could be a good idea. Season two will be RoboCop: Your Friend In Need.

Prison Break
Short version
Sequel to the original series featuring many of the original cast members.
Long version
Prison Break is back and ready for its biggest escape yet. In the thrilling new event series Prison Break, original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein are reunited for an all-new adventure spanning the globe and featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series when it aired on FOX from 2005-2009. The original action drama centered on Michael Scofield (Miller, The Loft), a young man determined to save his convicted brother, Lincoln Burrows (Purcell, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison. In the all-new event series, filmed on location in Morocco, clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive. Lincoln and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, Colony, The Walking Dead), Michael’s wife until he was assumed dead, reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, Sucre (Nolasco, Telenovela), T-Bag (Knepper, Heroes) and C-Note (Dunbar, The Mentalist), are pulled back into the action. Prison Break was an immediate critical and ratings hit when it premiered on Fox in the fall of 2005, garnering Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Miller). The original producing team, including series creator Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead, will return to executive-produce the new series, with Scheuring serving as showrunner/writer.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Olmstead, Vaun Wilmott, Michael Horowitz
WRITER: Paul T. Scheuring
DIRECTOR: Nelson McCormick
CAST: Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield, Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows, Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi, Amaury Nolasco as Sucre, Robert Knepper as T-Bag, Rockmond Dunbar as C-Note, Mark Feuerstein as Jacob Anton Ness, Augustus Prew as Whip, Rick Yune as Ja, Inbar Lavi as Sheba, Paul Adelstein as Paul Kellerman

TMINE’s verdict
Prison Break was one of the very first shows I previewed on this blog, nearly 11 years ago, so I’ve a certain fondness for the programme and this didn’t look too bad – although having the stupid brother try to break out the smart brother is probably doing it the wrong way round. It’s also good to see both Miller and Purcell remember how to act, given what they’ve been up to in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow of late. I’m taking it that Breakout Kings isn’t canon any more, though?

Shots Fired
Short version
Fox tries to do American Crime.
Long version
Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, Shots Fired is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” From Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, Notorious), the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy) and a young Special Prosecutor, Preston Terry (Stephan James, Race, Selma), both of whom are African-American. As they start to pull back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up that may involve some of the state’s most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor Patricia Eamons (Academy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets, The Sessions). She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher. Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison Arlen Cox (Academy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl, Jaws, Madoff), is pulled into the case, as Lt. Eric Breeland (Stephen Moyer, The Bastard Executioner, True Blood), a seasoned veteran in the town’s Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation. Shots Fired tackles the racial divide from all perspectives. As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, they learn that everybody has a story, and that the truth is rarely black and white.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television, Undisputed Cinema
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo
WRITERS/CREATORS: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood
DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood
CAST: Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, Stephan James as Preston Terry, Helen Hunt as Governor Patricia Eamons, Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox, Stephen Moyer as Lt. Eric Breeland, Tristan Wilds as Dep. Joshua Belk, Aisha Hinds as Pastor Janae James, Will Patton as Sheriff Daniel Platt, Conor Leslie as Sarah Ellis, Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kerry Belk, DeWanda Wise as Shameeka Campbell

TMINE’s verdict
Largely what we thought American Crime would be like, a combination of a great cast and terrible writing that looks very trite indeed.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Short version
Event remake of the 70s classic.
Long version
FOX is doing the Time Warp, with a brand-new production of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, set to air Fall 2016. A reimagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice, Victorious) and Brad (Ryan McCartan, Liv & Maddie, Heathers the Musical), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) will star in the role. Also featured in the event are American Idol alum Adam Lambert as Eddie, Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) as Riff Raff, Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia, You Can’t Take It With You, Masters of Sex) as Columbia, Christina Milian (Grandfathered) as Magenta, Ivy Levan as Usherette, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (Pippin) as Dr. Everett Scott and Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, as the show’s Criminologist Narrator. Celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history – The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most popular films of all time, and still plays in movie theaters around the world. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and executive producer of the original The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, former President of Fox Broadcasting) and Kenny Ortega (Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer, High School Musical franchise, This Is It, Descendants, Hocus Pocus, Newsies). The Rocky Horror Picture Show is based upon the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien with lyrics and music by Richard O’Brien.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Fox 21 Television Studios, Ode Sounds and Visuals, The Jackal Group
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lou Adler, Gail Berman, Kenny Ortega
DIRECTOR: Kenny Ortega
CAST: Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry as Criminologist Narrator, Victoria Justice as Janet Weiss, Ryan McCartan as Brad Majors, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, Christina Milian as Magenta, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, Adam Lambert as Eddie, Staz Nair as Rocky Horror, Ben Vereen as Dr. Everett Scott, Ivy Levan as Usherette

TMINE’s verdict
Not much to go on here, but despite being very wary about the whole thing, I was pleasantly surprised by this, particularly Laverne Cox who’s just great.

(New programmes in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

8-9 PM — Gotham
9-10 PM — Lucifer

8-8:30 PM — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30-9 PM — New Girl
9-10 PM — Scream Queens

9-10 PM — Empire

8-9 PM — Rosewood
9-10 PM — Bones

8-9 PM- Hell’s Kitchen

7-10:30 PM — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football

7-7:30 PM — NFL ON FOX
7:30-8 PM — The OT / Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM — The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM — SON OF ZORN
9-9:30 PM — Family Guy

(All Times ET/PT)

8-9 PM — 24: LEGACY / Gotham (spring)
9-10 PM — APB / Lucifer (spring)

8-8:30 PM — New Girl / Brooklyn Nine-Nine (spring)
8:30-9 PM — THE MICK
9-10 PM — KICKING & SCREAMING / PITCH (spring)

9-10 PM — STAR / Empire (spring)

8-9 PM — Rosewood

8-9 PM — Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM — Sleepy Hollow

8-10 PM — Fox Sports Saturday

7-7:30 PM — Animation Encores
7:30-8 PM — Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM — The Simpsons
9-9:30 PM — Family Guy
9:30-10 PM — The Last Man on Earth