Saturday, August 23, 2008Fox hasn't had a hit show in quite sometime. Bones and Prison Break, both with varying degrees of success, are entering their seasons. fourthHouse is in season five. The O.C. came and went, leaving Fox with a teen void that they've seemingly willingly seceded to The CW. Even 24, the old Fox warhorse, is just that: old.
Last year, Fox rolled out Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a show which I can proudly say I've never seen one second of. (Could anything Terminator related be more boring or feel more dated? When did the trials of John and Sarah Connor become this epic story for our times?) It's still on their schedule for this year, but I'm personally shocked it got a second season.
Needless to say, Fox needs a hit, much like ABC did back in 2004. Back then, they called J.J. Abrams and got LOST. Fox is hoping to do the same.
It's time once again to take a look ahead at the Fall and all the goodness that the new television schedule promises to offer. We've already looked at CBS' Fall schedule, as well as NBC's. Now it's Fox's turn.
Fringe (Tuesdays @ 9, premieres September 9th)
What Fox says: From J.J. Abrams (LOST), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers), the team behind Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias, comes a new drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (newcomer Anna Torv) is called in to investigate. After her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley, Boston Legal), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, Lord of the Rings), our generation's Einstein. There's only one catch: he's been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter (Joshua Jackson, Dawson's Creek) in to help. When Olivia's investigation leads her to manipulative corporate executive Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, Altered States), our unlikely trio along with fellow FBI Agents Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, The Wire), Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo, Oz) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.