FOX ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES
FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON
“GOTHAM” AND “LUCIFER” RETURN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
“BROOKLYN NINE-NINE,” “NEW GIRL” AND “SCREAM QUEENS”
BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
NEW DRAMA “LETHAL WEAPON” AND SEASON THREE OF “EMPIRE”
LAUNCH WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
“ROSEWOOD” AND NEW DRAMA “PITCH”
PREMIERE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
“HELL’S KITCHEN” RETURNS AND NEW DRAMA “THE EXORCIST”
DEBUTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
SUNDAY FUNDAY RETURNS WITH “BOB’S BURGERS,” “THE SIMPSONS,”
NEW HYBRID LIVE-ACTION/ANIMATED COMEDY “SON OF ZORN,”
“FAMILY GUY” AND “THE LAST MAN ON EARTH”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
All-new episodes of GOTHAM and LUCIFER return Monday, Sept. 19. On Season Three of GOTHAM (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the origin story continues and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. Season Two of LUCIFER (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) promises to be a mother of a season, as LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis) is tasked with finding his family’s matriarch, while continuing to take down criminals alongside LAPD DETECTIVE CHLOE DECKER (Lauren German).
Tuesday nights of comedy begin Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the return of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, NEW GIRL and SCREAM QUEENS. Entering its fourth season, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) returns after a season finale cliffhanger in which DETECTIVE JAKE PERALTA (Andy Samberg) and his by-the-book boss, CAPTAIN HOLT (Andre Braugher), were forced to enter the federal witness protection program. Then, the sixth season of ensemble comedy NEW GIRL (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) continues to follow Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang as they attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood – from marriage to career advancement – with often hilarious results.
From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck”), Brad Falchuk (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”), Season Two of SCREAM QUEENS (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins. Returning for Season Two are cast members Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, 2016 Golden Globe Award nominee Jamie Lee Curtis as Cathy Munsch, Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5, Keke Palmer as Zayday Williams, Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, Glen Powell as Chad Radwell and Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill. Additional cast members to be announced.
Beginning Sept. 21, Wednesdays are explosive, with the series premiere of LETHAL WEAPON and the return of EMPIRE. Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, LETHAL WEAPON (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) follows iconic cop duo RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) and MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. EMPIRE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), broadcast television’s biggest hit, is a powerful drama about a family at the center of a music dynasty. This season, Empire Entertainment founder LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard) sets his sights on a new streaming service; as his ex-wife, COOKIE LYON (Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson) pursues a new romantic interest; and his sons, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), HAKEEM (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and ANDRE (Trai Byers), struggle with fame and ambition.
All-new episodes of ROSEWOOD return, followed by the series premiere of PITCH, beginning Thursday, Sept. 22. Set against the vibrant backdrop of one of the world’s hottest cities – Miami – medical procedural ROSEWOOD (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) enters its second season as top private pathologist DR. BEAUMONT ROSEWOOD, JR. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails DETECTIVE ANNALISE VILLA (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve the Miami PD’s most challenging cases. PITCH (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) is the dramatic and emotional story of GINNY BAKER (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), the inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).
Friday nights are terrifyingly entertaining, beginning Sept. 23, with the return of HELL’S KITCHEN and the series premiere of THE EXORCIST. Season 16 of HELL’S KITCHEN (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts them through an intense culinary academy. Then, THE EXORCIST (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Chosen”) and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).
Sunday Funday returns beginning Sept. 25, with the season premieres of Emmy Award-winning comedy BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) and the unprecedented 28th season of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of hybrid live-action/animated family comedy SON OF ZORN (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT). Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), SON OF ZORN follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean, who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”). Rounding out the night are the 14th season premiere of creator Seth MacFarlane’s FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and Season Three of the critically acclaimed live-action comedy THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), created by and starring Emmy Award nominee Will Forte.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):
Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (Season Three Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM LUCIFER (Season Two Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-8:30 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Season Four Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM NEW GIRL (Season Six Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SCREAM QUEENS (Season Two Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:00-9:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM EMPIRE (Season Three Premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 PM ROSEWOOD (Season Two Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM PITCH (Series Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 16 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE EXORCIST (Series Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 25
7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Season Seven Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season 28 Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM SON OF ZORN (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Season 14 Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Season Three Premiere)