After airing original scripted programming in the summer for the past few years, Fox is throwing in the towel this year with a lineup featuring fresh reality fare and scripted reruns. There will be no new shows introduced this summer, with the untitled Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett sketch comedy, previously scheduled to premiere June 9, pulled indefinitely. (The series already suffered a setback when its preview after American Idol was canceled.) Fox’s original summer slate will consist of the return of So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. Possibly promising news for 2 scripted series on the bubble, both with ties to Shawn Ryan, The Chicago Code and Lie To Me, both of which are scheduled to air reruns during the summer. Fringe, which doesn’t repeat well, is not on the schedule. Here is the detailed Fox summer schedule with premiere dates:
Good news for flash mob fans, bad news for the Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett sketch comedy show. Fox announced this morning that it will air Mobbed, a reality special putting a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” phenomenon (large groups of people suddenly showing up in a public place to “perform”). It’s schedule to air on March 31, following American Idol. The network had originally slotted a preview of the Foxx/Crockett summer sketch comedy series, which will premiere in June. Hosted by Howie Mandel, Mobbed will feature “special guests planning extraordinary surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers” with the help of strangers who put on flash mob performances. The special, from Alevy Prods. and Angel City Factory, is based on a format created by Mandel, Trell and Kitrosser.
Fox’s prehistoric drama series Terra Nova will launch with two-night preview on May 23 and May 24. The series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, is slated to air at 9 PM both nights, presumably following House and Glee. (Terra Nova‘s launch pattern emulates that of the hot sophomore musical dramedy. Like Glee, Terra Nova is scheduled to premiere in the fall) Meanwhile, the network’s upcoming Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett sketch comedy series will get a preview after American Idol on March 31. The comedy series will then premiere on June 9.