It’s going to be another late fall for Fox, which won’t premiere the bulk of its new season until the last week of October.
The net’s Friday and Saturday night skeds are the only two nights to bow in September, before baseball playoffs and the World Series essentially kicks out entertainment programming for a month. (As previously announced, the net launches fall drama “The O.C.” on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 9 p.m.)
The evergreen “Cops”-“America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back” one-two punch launches its new season on Saturday nights starting Sept. 13; sketch comedy “Mad TV” returns later that night.
The following Friday, Sept. 26, laffer “Wanda at Large” premieres its second season on a new night and time (8 p.m.), followed by frosh laffer “Luis” and the fourth season of “Boston Public.”
After that, the net turns to baseball. And more baseball.
Premieres resume on Monday, Oct. 20, with the second edition of “Joe Millionaire” and the debut of new drama “Skin.”
Finally, the following week, Fox goes on launch overdrive, starting with “American Juniors” and season three of “24” on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The next night, the Wednesday laffer lineup of “That ’70s Show,” newcomer “A Minute With Stan Hooper,” “Bernie Mac” and burnoff “Cedric the Entertainer” comes in.
Thursday sees the launch of newcomer “Tru Calling” at 8 p.m., followed by “The O.C.,” which moves to the night at 9 starting Oct. 30.
Fox saves its Sunday return for sweeps, as “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons,” newcomer “The Ortegas,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and frosh “Arrested Development” all premiere on Nov. 2.
That night’s “The Simpsons” episode is actually the animated skein’s annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode (which the net calls the show’s “unofficial premiere”). “The Simpsons” really begins its season on Nov. 9.
Also, as expected, “Oliver Beene” hasn’t been given a fall start date, due to the usual football overruns at 7 p.m. on Sundays. “Oliver Beene” will likely show up in midseason.