This past Tuesday, FOX confirmed the pickups of six new series to join already greenlighted 24: Live Another Day, Star, and Shots Fired. The new shows include two comedies and four dramas, most notably the remakes of horror movie The Exorcist and the action-packed Lethal Weapon. Also joining FOX’s lineup in late 2016 to early 2017 will be Pitch, A.P.B, and comedies Making History and The Mick. Here are all the following dramas, along with personal guesses regarding whether or not they will survive the season and gain a renewal:
“The Exorcist” will be a modern-day reimagining of the classic film, turned into a psychological thriller following two priests taking on the same case of a family’s problems with demonic possession. Geena Davis is set to star with Jeremy Slater writing and executive producing.
Will It Survive? : YES
Despite having never seen the original Exorcist movie myself, a simple IMDB search will show that the original 1973 release of The Exorcist managed a gross of over $200,000,000, back when a movie ticket was only about $1.77 a person. It’s simple to say the franchise has held is popularity given the number of sequels created in recent years, not to mention the recent trend in horror television (American Horror Story and Scream Queens come to mind). If written well enough, FOX may have an easy success in their hands this year.
“Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby and he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh who, having recently suffered a ‘minor’ heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Based on the popular movie series.”
Will It Survive? : MAYBE
You can really tell from this series how badly FOX is lacking in the male demographic. As another series based of a popular movie, I’m willing to bet The Exorcist finds more success given the current trend of horror in TV, while this remake series suffers without a solid female demographic, not to mention the surplus of police procedurals on FOX alone without regarding the multiple on rivals NBC, ABC, and CBS. The reason I say maybe and not a complete ‘no’ to this series is Damon Wayans Sr. playing Roger Murtaugh, an actor who may perhaps have the star power to rise the ratings week after week.
“The emotional story of young pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), a beautiful, tough and incredibly gifted athlete who instantly becomes the most famous person in the country when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres, making her the first woman to play Major League Baseball.”
Will It Survive? : MAYBE
Here’s a show where ratings and survival depend almost entirely on well planned scheduling. On TVByTheNumbers, a common ratings website, one commenter noted how FOX has ownership of all MLB games for airtime, and this series fits directly with the demographic of the viewers watching baseball on any given night. If FOX is smart and premieres the show in the fall while baseball is still mid-season, they are very likely to find success in its premiere. Choosing to push the series to spring however, the demographic may lose interest with baseball season no longer in session, and without any big names attached to this project its survival is almost entirely based on proper scheduling.
“Inspired by true events, APB is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk), decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology and revolutionary new ideas, Gideon plans to rethink everything about the way cops fight crime.”
Will It Survive? : NO
Hmmm, where have you heard this before? With four different series’s revolving around Chicago in progress on rival network NBC, it seems just a bit silly to indirectly copy series “Chicago PD” with a technical spin on it. With no big actors or actresses attached either, and with FOX having difficulties in their schedule on almost every night, this series is most likely to do the worst of all four of these newly announced dramas. Unless the show is placed after Empire, FOX’s highest rated series on the network, I firmly believe this one is a goner.