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FOX Unveils 2019-20 Primetime Schedule with Trio of Animated Comedies

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FOX Unveils 2019-20 Primetime Schedule with Trio of Animated Comedies

On Monday, Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, unveiled the FOX primetime slate for the 2019-2020 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Among a flurry of new live-action dramas, thrillers, comedies and unscripted offerings, three highly anticipated animated series from prestige comedy creators are set to debut soon.

“Today marks a new beginning for FOX Entertainment. So it is with a start-up mindset and, upon an incredible foundation of assets, that we deliver our first slate of new comedies, dramas and unscripted series,” said Collier. “Alongside top creators and talent, and through innovative partnerships across the industry, we are redefining what it means to be an entertainment company, and what it means to be FOX, for 2019 and beyond.”

The first animated comedy newcomer, joining the lineup this fall, is Bless the Harts. Created and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey (The Last Man on Earth, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live), Bless the Harts follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they’re already rich – in friends, family and laughter. The series features the voices of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live), Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Maya Rudolph (The Good Place, Bridesmaids), Emmy Award nominee Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Fist Fight), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Fortune Feimster (Office Christmas Party, Chelsea Lately), Drew Tarver (The Other Two) and Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Executive producers on the series include Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The LEGO Movie franchise) and Kristen Wiig.

Launching midseason 2020, Duncanville comes from Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live) and Emmy Award winners Mike and Julie Scully (The Simpsons, The Carmichael Show, Parks and Recreation). The show is an animated family comedy centered around a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Poehler voices the series’ two leading characters, Duncan and his mother, Annie. The series also features the voices of Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Emmy Award nominee Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to Be Special, Another Period), Betsy Sodaro (Another Period, Disjointed) and Yassir Lester (Making History), as well as guest voices Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, Angie Tribeca) and Wiz Khalifa (American Dad!, BoJack Horseman).

Also premiering in 2020 is new animated comedy The Great North, from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard. The series follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. Featured voices on the series include Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Jenny Slate (Bob’s Burgers) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth).

During the 2019-2020 season, several FOX series will celebrate major milestones, including Empire’s 100th episode, Family Guys’s 350th episode, The Resident’s 50th episode and Hell’s Kitchen’s 300th episode.

FOX’s full 2019-2020 programming slate is –

Dramas: 9-1-1, 9-1-1: LONE STAR, DEPUTY, EMPIRE, FILTHY RICH, neXt, NOT JUST ME, THE ORVILLE, PRODIGAL SON, THE RESIDENT

Comedies: BLESS THE HARTS, BOB’S BURGERS, DUNCANVILLE, FAMILY GUY, THE GREAT NORTH, LAST MAN STANDING, OUTMATCHED, THE SIMPSONS

Unscripted: BEAT SHAZAM, FIRST RESPONDERS LIVE, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK, HELL’S KITCHEN, THE MASKED SINGER, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, PARADISE HOTEL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SPIN THE WHEEL, ULTIMATE TAG

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