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article imageCleveland Moves South: The Fall Fox TV Lineup

By Paula R. Chapman     Jun 22, 2009 in Entertainment
Peter and the guys are going to miss Cleveland Brown as he moves to Virginia … in a spin-off, that is. Fox Television announced its fall lineup in May, with several new comedies and serials as well as returning favorites.
Fox Television announced its fall lineup last month, and The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of the dry satirical adult cartoon Family Guy is on the list of new shows. Cleveland moves in with his high school sweetheart and her kids.
Other comedies expected include Brothers, starring Michael Strahan (FOX NFL Sunday) and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Ed and Veronica's Closet). This is a half-hour comedy about a former big-city NFL player who goes back home for a fresh start. This show rings of HBO’s Kenny Powers, a comedy from winter 2009, about a has-been baseball pitcher returning home.
Another new Fox comedy, Sons of Tucson, starring Tyler Labine of Reaper, features Labine as a charming but scheming fellow hired by three brothers whose dad is doing time. Emmy winner Todd Holland, who gave us Malcolm in the Middle, brings Tucson.
On Saturday, Nov. 7 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), Wanda Sykes will host a comedy perspective on current events, paired with roundtable discussions.
Among the new serials this fall on Fox is Glee, a high school-based comedy from Ryan Murphy of Nip/Tuck, starring Jane Lynch of Role Models and The 40-Year-Old Virgin and newcomers Matthew Morrison (Broadway's Hairspray), Lea Michele (Spring Awakening) and Cory Monteith (Kyle XY). Glee combines humor with hit music, old and new, as. McKinley High School teacher fights to restore the school’s dying Glee Club while helping some misguided students to realize their musical abilities.
New Fox TV dramas include Human Target, a mid-season show premiering Jan. 17, 2010, with a special preview following the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Human Target is an action-packed thriller from producers McG of Terminator Salvation and Simon West of Con Air and Tomb Raider. Target is based on the DC Comics graphic novel. Mark Valley of Fringe and Chi McBride of Pushing Daisies, along with Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley of Watchmen, chronicles the story of Christopher Chance (actor Valley), a very unique contractor who will stop at nothing … even if it means he becomes the human target.
Past Life is another midseason thriller, inspired by the book The Reicarnationist. Kelli Giddish of soap All My Children stars as a gifted psychologist. Nicholas Bishop of Home and Away is a former NYPD detective who works closely with her to solve mysteries of today … and yesterday.
The returning Fox Fall lineup includes summer hit So You Think You Can Dance. Dance moves to the fall with its sixth season. Cat Deeley hosts and judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy decide which dance competitor will be named America’s best. Dance styles from ballroom to hip hop are featured.
The eighth season of 24 returns to Fox with a two-night, four-hour premiere, part of a special extended prime time, Jan. 17, 2010, just after the premier of Human Target. The next installment of this Emmy Award-winning series starring Kiefer Sutherland begins in New York City.
Other Fox series returning in 2009-2010 include American Dad, American Idol, America’s Most Wanted, Bones, COPS, Dollhouse, Family Guy, Fringe, Hell’s Kitchen, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie to Me, the Simpson, and ‘Til Death. Returning specials are the 41st NAACP Image Awards, New Year’s Eve Live and Teen Choice 2009.
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