“Fox Rox” = rhymes, PLUS utilizes hip alternative spelling.
But that’s why I’m not in TV marketing.
For the first week of May sweeps, Fox is kicking it music school, promoting a week of music-themed episodes.
From Thursday, April 29 (the first night of sweeps) through Wednesday, May 5, music will be front and center on series such as “Bones,” “House,” “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy”… and “American Idol.” (WHAT? Music on “American Idol”??)
As part of the week, the special 150th episode of “Family Guy” will air for an hour on Sunday, May 2, and feature “fan-favorite numbers and never-before-seen musical performances.” The voice of Kanye West also shows up on “The Cleveland Show,” while Olivia Newton-John guests on “Glee.”
The highlight for me, however, will be “The Simpsons'” rendition of Ke$ha’s dreadful “Tik-Tok.” (SEE, FOX — MISSPELLED WORDS! ALL THE RAGE!)
Among the “FOX Rox” — er, “Fox Rocks” week’s highlights:
Thursday, April 29
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle”
Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) investigate a death at a rock-n-roll fantasy camp where the murder weapon is a Gibson ‘57 Les Paul “Black Beauty.” In the episode, Booth rocks out on guitar and later performs a duet with Brennan.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown Betty”
While Walter (John Noble) deals with some upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella (guest star Lily Pilblad), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia (Anna Torv) and Agent Broyles (Lance Reddick).
Sunday, May 2
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “To Surveil, With Love”
During a special musical couch gag, SIMPSONS characters sing along to Ke$ha’s smash hit “TiK ToK.”
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brotherly Love”
Acting as his brother’s wingman, Rallo (Mike Henry) gives Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) a few pointers on how to win over the girl of his dreams, Chanel (guest voice Taraji P. Henson). Although when Cleveland Jr. finds out her boyfriend is local rap star Kenny West (guest voice Kanye West), he challenges Kenny to a rap battle to win Chanel’s heart.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brian & Stewie”
In the 150th episode, Brian (Seth MacFarlane) and Stewie (MacFarlane) get locked in a bank vault and are forced to survive without any baby food or martinis while they hatch an escape plan. Immediately following the episode, the special one-hour celebration will continue with fan-favorite and never-before-seen musical numbers.
Monday, May 3
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Choice”
During a raucous boys’ night out, House (Hugh Laurie), Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps) visit a karaoke bar and perform a Gladys Knight & The Pips classic.
Tuesday, May 4
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bad Reputation”
Multi-platinum pop icon Olivia Newton-John guest-stars on an all-new episode and performs a duet with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).
Hey, remember when “FOX KIDS ROCKS KIDS”?