Earlier today, FOX released their primetime schedule for Fall 2018. The network cancelled several shows over the past few days but there will be just three “new” shows on FOX this fall. Interestingly, they’re all half-hour comedies. They are Rel, The Cool Kids, and Last Man Standing. (The latter isn’t a “new” show but it is new to FOX.)
Rel will air at 9:30pm on Sunday nights, in the same timeslot that The Last Man on Earth occupied. Last Man Standing and The Cool Kids will air on Friday nights, starting at 8pm. Last Man Standing aired at that same time on Friday nights for years on ABC. Viewership is lower on Fridays nights so, presumably, FOX has lower expectations for these shows.
Here are the first look trailers for these three shows.
It’s worth noting that the Last Man Standing trailer is made of clips from the show’s run on ABC. It’s worth noting that, while Molly Ephraim (middle daughter Mandy), Kaitlyn Dever (youngest daughter Eve), Flynn Morrison (grandson Boyd), and Héctor Elizondo (Mike’s boss, Ed) are included in the promo, their names are not on the FOX cast list. Elizondo is expected to return as his NBC pilot, Guess Who Died, isn’t expected to be picked up. It’s unclear if the others will be back full-time, part-time, or at all.
LAST MAN STANDING
Hit comedy LAST MAN STANDING joins the FOX lineup. A fan-favorite for six seasons, the series stars Tim Allen as MIKE BAXTER, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness, despite being surrounded by women. The series also stars Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.
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THE COOL KIDS
From executive producer Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), THE COOL KIDS is a multi-camera comedy about a rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun – because, at their age, what do they really have to lose? The series stars four comedy veterans: Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (“The Carmichael Show,” “In Living Color”), Emmy Award nominee Martin Mull (“Veep,” “Roseanne”), Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace,” “American Horror Story”) and Emmy Award winner Vicki Lawrence (“Mama’s Family,” “The Carol Burnett Show”).
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Inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Insecure,” “The Carmichael Show”), REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a loving husband and father living in Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair, and must rebuild his life as a single father, following his divorce. The comedy also stars Sinbad (“A Different World,” “The Sinbad Show,” “Jingle All The Way”), Jess “Hilarious” Moore (“Wild ‘N Out”) and Jordan L. Jones (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Wisdom of the Crowd”).
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What do you think? Based on these trailers, do you plan to watch or skip any of these FOX shows?