Skip to main content

FOX Pushes "New Amsterdam" to Midseason; Shifts Schedule

For once, FOX may have done something smart.

I don't often say that but it's perhaps for the best that the network most likely to cancel a new series (you might as well call them Trigger Happy TV) is holding back on several of its newest offerings until midseason, giving them a chance to creatively retool before thrusting the series into the public eye.

Following in the footsteps on midseason launches for The Return of Jezebel James, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Rules for Starting Over, FOX has yanked supernatural drama New Amsterdam--a police procedural based around an immortal man who has lived in Manhattan since the days of the Dutch--off of the fall schedule. It was slated to launch on Tuesday, September 25th, at 8 pm.

According to Variety, the network said the moves "were made in order to improve Fox's chances in the fall, where it has struggled in recent years."

So what's taking over for New Amsterdam in the meantime? FOX has shifted its schedule slightly, scheduling reality programming from 9 pm on Wednesday to Sunday. (Yes, you read that correctly. Half of Wednesday night and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be offered up at the altar of alternative programming.)

Part of that strategy involves keeping summer reality hit Don't Forget the Lyrics on the air through the fall as well as moving the US format of Kitchen Nightmares (starring everyone's favorite enfant terrible chef Gordon Ramsay) to Wednesdays at 9 pm, where it will launch on September 19th, leading out of comedy block Back to You and 'Til Death. Taking over Kitchen's vacated timeslot (Thursdays at 9 pm) then will be the recently ordered additional episodes of Don't Forget the Lyrics.

FOX has also shifted drama Bones, entering its third season, to New Amsterdam's timeslot (Tuesdays at 8 pm). The move is a wise one: Bones was previously going to launch this year in a rather combative timeslot--Wednesdays at 9 pm--where it would have gone up against four other dramas: Private Practice on ABC, Bionic Woman on NBC, Criminal Minds on CBS, and Gossip Girl on CW.

FOX was quick to stress that New Amsterdam wasn't cancelled and will remain in production; the series' projected January timeslot (Fridays at 9 pm) hasn't been struck and the series will eventually make it onto the air.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I'm really surprised that they're holding The Sarah Connor Chronicles for midseason. I thought this was one of their big guns this season and there's been a lot of buzz around it. Have you seen it? I'm interested to know if it's any good. The midseason shift makes me think maybe not!
Anonymous said…
I'm happy about the shuffle. FOX is looking out for us Bones fans by switiching it to Tuesdays. Kinda bummed about the New Amsterdam midseason push though.

Popular posts from this blog

Pilot Inspektor: CBS' "Smith"

I may just have to change my original "What I'll Be Watching This Fall" post, as I sat down and finally watched CBS' new crime drama Smith this weekend. (What? It's taken me a long time to make my way through the stack of pilot DVDs.) While it's on following Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars on Tuesday nights (10 pm ET/PT, to be exact), I'm going to be sure to leave enough room on my TiVo to make sure that I catch this compelling, amoral drama. While one can't help but be impressed by what might just be the most marquee-friendly cast in primetime--Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Jonny Lee Miller, Amy Smart, Simon Baker, and Franky G all star and Shohreh Aghdashloo has a recurring role--the pilot's premise alone earned major points in my book: it's a crime drama from the point of view of the criminals, who engage in high-stakes heists. But don't be alarmed; it's nothing like NBC's short-lived Heist . Instead, think of it as The Italian

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

What's Done is Done: The Eternal Struggle Between Good and Evil on the Season Finale of "Lost"

Every story begins with thread. It's up to the storyteller to determine just how much they need to parcel out, what pattern they're making, and when to cut it short and tie it off. With last night's penultimate season finale of Lost ("The Incident, Parts One and Two"), written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, we began to see the pattern that Lindelof and Cuse have been designing towards the last five seasons of this serpentine series. And it was only fitting that the two-hour finale, which pushes us on the road to the final season of Lost , should begin with thread, a loom, and a tapestry. Would Jack follow through on his plan to detonate the island and therefore reset their lives aboard Oceanic Flight 815 ? Why did Locke want to kill Jacob? What caused The Incident? What was in the box and just what lies in the shadow of the statue? We got the answers to these in a two-hour season finale that didn't quite pack the same emotional wallop of previous season