New Fox comedy Enlisted, originally slated to debut in November, will be held back until January. Enlisted, a slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base, was scheduled to premiere November 8 at 9:30 PM, following the time slot premiere of Bones at 8 PM and the season premiere of Raising Hope at 9 PM. Now, Fox will air back-to-back originals of Raising Hope in the Friday 9 PM hour until Enlisted bows on January 10. By then, 12 of the 22 commissioned episodes of Raising Hope will have aired, leaving 10 originals to lead into Enlisted, which has a 13-episode order. Fox reps point to the strong male skew of Enlisted as a reason for the scheduling move as it would allow more promotion during the network’s football and other sports coverage.
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Producers and cast members of Fox’s new comedy Enlisted (three brothers on a military base and their misfit colleagues), told TV journalists at TCA today that they are not bothered by the show’s 9:30 PM Friday time slot, usually considered a wasteland for nabbing the younger viewer. “That’s party night!” joked executive producer Mike Royce. Said cast member Geoff Stults: “We don’t care what our time slot is, we’re just happy to get one.” Creator/writer/executive producer Kevin Biegel added his 2 cents: “We don’t want to be on up against Parks And Recreation or Big Bang Theory,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said I was bummed about being in any time slot.”
Humility seemed to be the theme of the day for the Enlisted panel. Biegel freely admitted that in the pilot there were “a lot of things we screwed up in terms of technical stuff, we’re totally embarrassed about that” — and vowed to do better. He also cracked wise about his identity as co-creator of Cougar Town: “Hold for applause — oh, yeah, you are critics,” he said when he brought up the affiliation.