Upfronts 2012: FOX Takes the Stage Unveiling Its Schedule for the 2012-2013 TV Season

Day 2 of Upfronts and it is now Fox’s turn to show us what they have in store for next season. Outside of figuring out where to place its new shows, it doesn’t seem as though there were that many changes to the schedule. The network picked-up a total of 5 shows – 3 comedies and 2 dramas.

  • MOB DOCTOR [Drama – Mondays @ 9]: As far as I’m concerned, this show could’ve used a better title. Sure it is succinct and straightforward, but it just sounds dumb. Jordana Spiro stars as the titular character, who while a promising young surgeon, must also do work for the mafia to pay off her brother’s debt. I probably should wait until I see previews for it to make judgment, but I’m not entirely sold on it.
  • BEN & KATE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30]: Show #2 that could probably use a title change (and it has already changed its title once). If you didn’t know any better, you would probably think this is some relationship comedy involving a couple. Still about a relationship, but about siblings. Kate dropped out of college after giving birth to her daughter and now spends her time either with her daughter or working as a bar manager. Ben is her spontaneous + irresponsible older brother who comes and stays with her, to take care of his niece, giving his sister the opportunity to live her life a little. If the writing’s solid, I might consider giving this one a look.
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  • THE MINDY PROJECT [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9:30]: Frankly, I didn’t pay much attention to what the show is about, except for the fact that this show stars and is produced by Mindy Kaling (formerly from The Office). She’s proven how funny she is, both as an actress and a writer, so I can’t wait to see what she’ll do on her own show, outside the confines of The Office.
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  • THE GOODWIN GAMES [Comedy – Midseason]: Becki Newton, Scott Foley, and Jake Lacy star as 3 siblings who must come together and follow their late father’s wishes if they want to inherit the $20 million he left behind. This cast, plus the fact that this is coming from the same guys who brought us How I Met Your Mother, means that I am totally in! Only thing that sucks is we have to wait until the winter.
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  • THE FOLLOWING [Drama – Midseason]: A new thriller from producer Kevin Williamson, the show stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent, who is brought back in after a serial killer (played by James Purefoy) he put away 9 years ago, escapes from death row. Without a doubt, an interesting premise; I’ll be sure to tune in.
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Other notable changes in the schedule:

  • Raising Hope starts off the Tuesday comedies @ 8.
  • With FOX making an all-comedy Tuesday block, Glee now moves to Thursdays @ 9, following The X-Factor/American Idol results shows. In related news, it was announced that Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker are slated to guest star on Glee for multiple-episode arcs.
  • Touch now anchors the night on Fridays @ 8, leading into the final season of Fringe
  • Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have been hired as the new judges on The X-Factor. Love Britney, but not sure how I feel about it. She’ll certainly bring more to the table than Demi – Britney’s had a career for over a decade, while Demi’s still new.  I’m honestly can’t see who would take Demi seriously as a judge/mentor. Just watch, she’ll probably get the younger girls as her team.

Tomorrow, it’s on to ABC.