FOX fall TV preview
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 13:09
With school starting up again, and Labor Day officially in the books, it can only mean one thing. The start of the fall television season. Throughout the next two months, all four networks will unveil their fall schedule. Last up is FOX. The network has found success with their Tuesday comedy block, and hope to continue that success adding two more comedies to the night. FOX already airs one less hour of original programming a night, so every show counts in the long run. The network has decided to add two new comedies, and one new drama for the fall season.
“The Mob Doctor”: Airs Mondays at 8 p.m.
With Doctor House calling it quits last year after eight seasons, they can’t just have any doctor take his place. So how do you top someone so iconic? By turning to the mob. “The Mob Doctor” focuses on Dr. Grace Devlin, a young thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a mob doctor, while also working full time at Chicago’s most prominent hospital. The show stars Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”), Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”) and Zeljko Ivanek (“24”). “The Mob Doctor” premiered Sept. 17. The pilot can be found on fox.com
“Ben and Kate”: Airs Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The show follows a pair of odd couple siblings and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life. Kate Fox always follows the rules until she gets pregnant in college and drops out to take care of her daughter Maddie. She’s uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe except for the arrival of her older brother Ben Fox. The show seems to be a solid companion with the network’s other family comedy “Raising Hope.” “Ben and Kate” stars Dakota Johnson (“The Social Network”), Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher”), Lucy Punch (“Dinner for Schmucks”) and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (“We Bought a Zoo”). Ben and Kate Premieres Sept. 25.
“The Mindy Project”: Airs Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), stars as Mindy Lahiri. Lahiri is a young Ob/Gyn doctor trying to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Mindy is unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life back on track before her friends and family are forced to stage an intervention. The show is nicely paired with another single woman comedy and last year’s breakout hit “New Girl.” “The Mindy Project” premieres Sept. 25.
As for other changes to the fall schedule, Wednesdays will be dedicated to music with the second season of the “X-factor.” Fan favorite “Glee” moves from Tuesdays at 7 p.m. to Thursdays at 8 p.m. Finally, the Keither Sutherland starrer “Touch” moves into the Friday at 7 p.m. timeslot starting Oct. 26. At the end of the day only time will tell how the fall season should shakeout. Let the games begin.