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Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Sunday Bow for ‘Utopia’

Fox is rolling out a good chunk of its fall lineup outside of premiere week, it announced Thursday, including early starts for multi-night reality series “Utopia”  and new drama “Red Band Society.”

Utopia” kicks the net’s fall off with a special three-night launch, starting Sept. 7 on a special night, Sunday, that will allow the network to provide it with an NFL lead-in. It will then begin its regular weekly schedule of an hour on Tuesday and Friday that same week.

Following the second Tuesday episode of “Utopia,” Fox will launch early premieres for returning comedies “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” This will give the shows several weeks without comedy competition, as NBC will air expanded episodes of “The Voice” on the night to start the season.

“Hell’s Kitchen” will get cooking on its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 10 with a two-hour premiere. The following week, its regular hourlong episode will lead into the early premiere of “Red Band Society,” which will avoid having to face the premieres of other dramas in its timeslot, as NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” bows during premiere (Sept. 24), and “Criminal Minds” follows a week later on CBS. “Red Band” also figures to miss the premiere of what will be its top-rated competition, ABC comedy “Modern Family,” which traditionally starts on the first Wednesday of the season.

Fox’s most buzzed-about new show, Batman origins story “Gotham,” bows on the opening night of the television season, Sept. 22, putting it head-to-head against an original hour of CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” as well as the season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice.” Soph drama “Sleepy Hollow” also bows that night.

“Bones” enters its 10th season on Thursday, Sept. 25, but rookie lead-out “Gracepoint” won’t come aboard until the following week (Oct. 2). This likely allows the 10-part mystery event series to miss the season premiere of ABC’s “Scandal,” which airs in the same timeslot, but it also means it will only get three Thursday airings before it must be pre-empted for Fox’s coverage of the World Series on Oct. 23.

Sundays get re-animated starting Sept. 28, the first Sunday of the TV season, with the season premieres of “The Simpsons” and the return of live-action laffer “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on its new night. The Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher second-year comedy should get plenty of new sampling as it airs between episodes of a crossover storyline linking “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” (with an hourlong episode).

One week later, new live-action comedy “Mulaney,” will bow at 9:30 p.m., following “Family Guy.” “Bob’s Burgers” returns that night as well, at 7:30.

The net’s final fall show to bow, returnee “MasterChef Junior,” comes aboard Friday, Nov. 7.

 

Here are Fox’s fall premiere dates, with additional dates and information to be announced later:

Sunday, Sept. 7
8:00-10:00 PM                        UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part One)

Tuesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM                          UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part Two / Time Period Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:00-10:00 PM                        HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 13 Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 12
8:00-9:00 PM                          UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part Three / Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM                          UTOPIA (All-New)
9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM                          HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New / Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        RED BAND SOCIETY (Series Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 PM                          GOTHAM (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore of Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 28
8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        FAMILY GUY (One-Hour “The Simpsons Guy” Season Premiere Crossover Event)

Thursday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES (All-New)
9:00-10:00 PM                        GRACEPOINT (10-Part Mystery Event Series Premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 5
7:00-7:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (Encore)
7:30-8:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (All-New)
8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New)
9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY (All-New)
9:30-10:00 PM                        MULANEY (Series Premiere)

Friday, Nov. 7
8:00-9:00 PM                          MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season Premiere)

 

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