FOX has set the dates for its winter premieres for new scripted shows Backstrom (January 22nd), The Last Man On Earth (March 1st) and Weird Loners (March 31st) – and unscripted World’s Funniest Fails (working title) (January 16th).
Returning scripted shows include Glee’s final 13-episode season (two-hour premiere on January 9th), The following (two-hour premiere on March 2n) and Bones (March 26th). Unscripted returnees include Masterchef Junior (January 6th) and Hell’s Kitchen (March 3rd).
For a complete schedule for new and returning FOX shows (day/date/time), follow the jump.
Bob’s Burgers goes beyond entertainment through typical slapstick comedy through animation. It showcases two parents who love and accept their kids and all of their unusual quirks from writing 80’s movie themed musicals to writing erotic friend fiction. It’s a show that has changed the landscape of the animated series on television with parent’s Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda Belcher (John Roberts) along with their eccentric children Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal).
In honor of tonight’s new episode we’re sharing our recent chat with the cast and creators of TV’s favorite family the Belcher’s. Full video interview after the jump!
Beginning Tuesday, November 4th, Masterchef Junior will take the place of Utopia, the network’s reality series/social experiment – which will yield the timeslot to reruns of The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers, following the rerun of the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover on October 7th.
Fox’s animated series will feature guest appearances from some A-list talent, this season. Jane Fonda, Willem Dafoe, Nick Offerman, Julie Bowen, Liam Neeson, Allison Janney, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis, Kim Kardashian, Megan Mullally, Bill Hader, Aziz Ansari, Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key will all guest star on Fox’s Sunday night animated comedy series.
Meanwhile, Hank Azaria, whose flexible vocal skills have given life to several characters on The Simpsons, has been cast as the lead on Bordertown. He’ll voice Bud Buckwald, married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who’s a step behind the times and feels threatened by the changes in his neighborhood. The series is ‘a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, centered on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S.-Mexico border.’
For further details, follow the jump.
EMMY AWARD WINNER HANK AZARIA PUTS DOWN ROOTS IN “BORDERTOWN” ON FOX
Azaria to Voice Lead Character, Joining Additional Featured Voices Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, Nicholas Gonzalez and Efren Ramirez
Multiple Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria (THE SIMPSONS) has been cast as BUD BUCKWALD, the lead voice role on BORDERTOWN, the new animated comedy from FAMILY GUY’s Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane. Azaria joins the previously announced voice cast of Alex Borstein (FAMILY GUY, “Getting On”), Missi Pyle (“Jennifer Falls,” “Gone Girl”), Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Nicholas Gonzalez (SLEEPY HOLLOW) and guest voice Efren Ramirez (“Napoleon Dynamite”).
BORDERTOWN takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. Azaria’s BUD BUCKWALD is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to ERNESTO GONZALEZ (Gonzalez), an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for the less-industrious native.
Bud is married to JANICE BUCKWALD (Borstein), both the wisest and most oblivious member of the family. The Buckwald kids include BECKY (Borstein), a socially awkward, big-boned geek; SANFORD (Friedlander), a loser who thinks he’s a player; and GERT (Pyle), a beauty pageant-obsessed five-year-old with a pet pig. Meanwhile, living the American Dream next door are the Gonzalezes, including MARIA, Ernesto’s wife; their son, RUIZ (Ramirez); and their 21-year-old nephew, J.C. (Gonzalez), a recent college graduate.
Azaria provides multiple voices on THE SIMPSONS, including “Moe,” “Apu” and “Chief Wiggum.” He will next be seen on the critically acclaimed drama “Ray Donovan.” His film credits include “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,” “Run, Fatboy, Run,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “America’s Sweethearts,” Tim Robbins’ “Cradle Will Rock,” David E. Kelley’s “Mystery, Alaska,” “Mystery Men,” “Godzilla,” “Homegrown,” “Great Expectations,” Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” and “The Smurfs.” He also starred in the cable series “Huff” and the World War II miniseries “Uprising.” He appeared as “Professor Groteschele” in the live television broadcast “Fail Safe.” Azaria won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his work in the 1999 telefilm “Tuesdays with Morrie.” He won three other Emmy Awards for his work on THE SIMPSONS. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his memorable role as “Agador Spartacus” in Mike Nichols’ “The Birdcage,” and garnered critical praise for his portrayal of television producer Al Freedman in the Academy Award-nominated “Quiz Show.” Other feature credits include “Heat,” “Grosse Point Blank,” “Now and Then” and “Pretty Woman.”
BORDERTOWN is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Mark Hentemann. Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY) are executive producers. Alex Carter (FAMILY GUY) and Dan Vebber (AMERICAN DAD, “Futurama”) are co-executive producers. Lalo Alcaraz (“La Cucaracha”) and Gustavo Arellano (“¡Ask a Mexican!”) are consulting producers. Valentina L. Garza (THE SIMPSONS) is a supervising producer.
SUNDAY NIGHT ANIMATED COMEDIES DRAW A-LIST STARS THIS FALL ON FOX
Jane Fonda, Willem Dafoe, Nick Offerman, Julie Bowen, Liam Neeson, Allison Janney, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis, Kim Kardashian, Megan Mullally, Bill Hader, Aziz Ansari, Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key Among Guest Voices Featured
AMERICAN DAD Premieres with Two Back-to-Back Episodes on Sunday, September 14, and Has its FOX Finale Sunday, September 21 THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY Premiere Sunday, September 28 BOB’S BURGERS Premieres Sunday, October 5
This fall, FOX attracts an all-star lineup of guest voices on returning animated series AMERICAN DAD, beginning Sunday, Sept. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), with two back-to back episodes; THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and a special one-hour broadcast of FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), premiering Sunday, Sept. 28; and BOB’S BURGERS, debuting Sunday, Oct. 5 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT).
BOB’S BURGERS (Sundays, 7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT)
Recently nominated for its third Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Animated Program, the cult-favorite animated series returns for a fifth season Sunday, Oct. 5 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT), serving up some delightfully charming Belcher shenanigans with a side of Grade-A prime beef guest voices. In the upcoming season, Bob enters a ”Best Burger” contest competing against the legendary Skip Marooch (guest voice Kumail Nanjiani, “Silicon Valley”); Tina romances a ghost, but finds a rival in Tammy (returning guest voice Jenny Slate, “House of Lies”); Louise infiltrates the Thundergirls youth club and encounters a rival troop leader (guest voice Rachel Dratch, “Saturday Night Live”); and the family battles a hoard of ferocious poultry unleashed upon the town by Mr. Fischoeder (guest voice Kevin Kline, “Dave”) and his irresponsible brother, Felix (Zach Galifianakis “The Hangover”). Other featured guest voices include Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), Carl Reiner (“Ocean’s 12”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”), Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Joe Lo Truglio (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”) and Keegan Michael Key (“Key and Peele”).
THE SIMPSONS (Sundays, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT)
THE SIMPSONS adventures continue this fall, beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, with a stellar array of guest voices, including Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”), who is featured as Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, Democratic Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard; Willem Dafoe (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as Bart’s new bully-of-a-teacher, Mr. Lassen; and “Futurama’s” Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille in a crossover episode between the two animated series. Additional 26th season guest voices include Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Sarah Silverman (“A Million Ways to Die in the West”), David Hyde Pierce (“Frazier”), comedian Jeffrey Ross and musician Matthew Sweet. Plus, Judd Apatow (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) pens a special episode scheduled to air later in the season.
FAMILY GUY (Sundays, 9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT)
In this season’s special one-hour premiere of FAMILY GUY, “The Simpsons Guy,” airing Sunday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), two of the most iconic and revered families on television will come together when the Griffins meet The Simpsons, with guest voices by Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Hank Azaria as Moe, Yeardley Smith as Lisa and Maggie and Julie Kavner as Marge. The rest of the star-studded season will include guest voices by Liam Neeson (“Taken 2”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”).
AMERICAN DAD (Sundays, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT)
AMERICAN DAD wraps up its run on FOX with three all-new episodes this fall. First, in the special one-hour season premiere (Sunday, Sept. 14, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Roger is forced to sell his beloved attic bar to a restaurant chain after suffering a heart attack, and a sexy new next-door neighbor (guest voice Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”) promises to take Steve and his friends’ virginity in return for housework. John Lutz (“30 Rock”) and Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”) also guest-voice. In the final FOX episode (Sunday, Sept. 21, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), Roger and Francine discover an alien in the woods (guest voice Kim Kardashian), and Roger has a fling with her. Swoosie Kurtz (“Sisters”), Corey Stoll (“The Strain”) and Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) also guest-voice.
Fox is holding the world premiere screenings of Gotham and Wayward Pines at Comic-Con 2014! Series stars and executive producers will be taking part in the panels at these events.
Another certain highlight will be the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Bridge and Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience – and Headless Horsemen will be roaming downtown. Other Fox returnees for Comic-Con 2014 include Bones, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Following and The Simpsons.
Comic-Con Exclusives include: 2014 Poster Tubes, Collectible Mini-Posters, Gotham Lenticular Collectibles and autographed copies of Pines, the Blake Crouch novel on which Wandering Pines is based, and more. For further details, follow the jump.
Fans of Fox series – like Bones, Fringe and New Girl – might want to mark their calendars. Fox announced the season finales for thirteen of their sixteen series – and the series finale for House, today.
Check out the full press release following the jump.
Just as it was no real shock when NBC rolled out thirteen new shows for 2010-11, it should come as no surprise that Fox will go with a schedule on which four of its seven days of programming remain unchanged. Come fall, the only additions will be Texas oil soap Lonestar [pictured] and the two comedies – Raising Hope and Running Wilde. Lonestar has been scheduled to follow House on Mondays, while Raising Hope and Running Wilde will run on Tuesdays following Glee.
When American Idol returns, it will be with a ninety-minute performance show and a thirty-minute results show. With this season’s run suffering a significant drop in the ratings, it makes sense to cut out the chaff here.
Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova was picked up but since a pilot hasn’t been shot, it won’t join the schedule until mid-season, when comedies Bob’s Burgers and Mixed Signals will also appear.
Show descriptions and full schedule follow the bump.