Following weeks of dismal ratings, FOX has decided to cut their Utopia TV show’s schedule in half. They’re cancelling the Tuesday airings but the reality show will continue to air on Friday nights (when ratings expectations are lower).
For the next month, FOX will fill the empty timeslot with animation repeats and previously scheduled World Series games.
MasterChef Junior will take over the Tuesday timeslot beginning November 4th. The culinary competition had been scheduled to return on Friday, November 7th.
Here are the details:
HOT FROM FOX…
“MASTERCHEF JUNIOR” MOVES TO TUESDAYS
Season Two of Hit Culinary Competition Series Starts Cooking Tuesday, November 4, on FOX
UTOPIA Continues to Air Fridays
Season Two of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, followed by all-new episodes of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The hit culinary competition series gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges.
On Tuesdays, prior to MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’s Season Premiere, an encore of the highly acclaimed one-hour Season Premiere of FAMILY GUY, in which the Griffins travel to Springfield and meet the Simpsons, will air Tuesday, Oct. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, encores of the Season Premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) kick off the night.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #1 of Major League Baseball’s World Series, and on Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #6 of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
UTOPIA will air once a week on Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On this Friday’s all-new episode (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), after a tense and dramatic vote, the pioneers reveal which Newtopian will remain in UTOPIA.
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. “Like” MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJrFOX and join the discussion at #masterchefjunior.
UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol. De Mol, Conrad Green (“Dancing with the Stars”), Jon Kroll (“The Week the Women Went,” “The Amazing Race”) and David Tibballs (“Dragon’s Den”) executive-produce. “Like” UTOPIA on Facebook at facebook.com/UtopiaTVUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @utopiatvusa and join the discussion using #utopia. See photos and videos at Instagram @utopiatvusa. The UTOPIA App is available for iOS, Android and Windows. Check out UtopiaTV.com for more details and additional updates.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Season Premiere of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR was previously announced as Friday, Nov. 7.]
What do you think? Are you sorry to see Utopia cut to once per week? Will you be watching MasterChef Junior?