FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2014-2015 season begins with a special three-night premiere of groundbreaking social experiment UTOPIA. From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the Dutch hit of the same name, UTOPIA is a bold new series that moves 15 everyday Americans to an undeveloped location and challenges them to create their own civilization. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? The series will launch on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following a FOX NFL doubleheader before continuing in its regular time period, Tuesday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with six special broadcasts on Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Sept. 12.
HELL’S KITCHEN cooks up its 13th season with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) before having its time period premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, following an all-new UTOPIA (8:00-9:00PM ET/PT), new seasons of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) premiere.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/ PT), new coming-of-age dramedy RED BAND SOCIETY makes its series debut, following an all-new HELL’S KITCHEN (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, RED BAND SOCIETY is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of unlikely and rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Exploring everything from strong friendships, and first loves, to humorous mishaps and heartbreaks, the series is a story of life, with an edgy comedic tone all its own.
On Monday, Sept. 22, origin story GOTHAM (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) kicks off. The series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”). The second season premiere of the adventure fantasy SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) follows, picking up immediately after the thrilling multiple cliffhangers that left Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) buried alive and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) trapped in purgatory.
Darkly amusing procedural BONES enters its 10th season on Thursday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (Dave Boreanaz) working to clear his name after the surprising events of last season. Ten-part mystery event series GRACEPOINT, starring Welsh BAFTA winner David Tennant (“Dr. Who”), Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte (“Warrior,” “Affliction”) and SAG Award winner Michael Peña (“American Hustle”), joins the schedule on Thursday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The riveting mystery, that will be resolved in 10 parts, follows a tragic death, and the major police investigation and nationwide media frenzy that subsequently overtake a picturesque seaside town, where anyone is a suspect.
Sundays get re-animated beginning Sept. 28, with the season premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the return of Golden Globe-winning live-action comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on its new day and time and FAMILY GUY’s (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) special one-hour “The Simpsons Guy” season premiere crossover event. Emmy Award-nominated comedy BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) and new multi-cam comedy MULANEY (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) join the lineup one week later, Sunday, Oct. 5. MULANEY stars Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) as a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level, and the friends and mentors, including one played by Martin Short (“SCTV,” “Saturday Night Live”), who lift him up, hold him back and push him around.
Bite-size culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR will have its season premiere Friday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Talented budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 are given the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Sunday, Sept. 7
8:00-10:00 PM UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part One)
Tuesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part Two / Time Period Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 13 Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 12
8:00-9:00 PM UTOPIA (Series Premiere, Part Three / Time Period Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM UTOPIA (All-New)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (All-New / Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM RED BAND SOCIETY (Series Premiere)
Monday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore of Season Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 28
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (One-Hour “The Simpsons Guy” Season Premiere Crossover Event)
Thursday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 PM BONES (All-New)
9:00-10:00 PM GRACEPOINT (10-Part Mystery Event Series Premiere)
Sunday, Oct. 5
7:00-7:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Encore)
7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (All-New)
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (All-New)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (All-New)
9:30-10:00 PM MULANEY (Series Premiere)
Friday, Nov. 7
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Season Premiere)
Additional premiere dates and information will be announced at a later date.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos and additional information on new and returning FOX series may be found at www.foxflash.com.]