FOX 2006 Fall Season
FOX Fall 2006 Grid
January 2007 to May 2007
New Show Descriptions
"Justice" (Wednesdays at 8 PM; moves to Wednesdays at 7 PM in January)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) The show features a dream team of four lawyers from disparate backgrounds who join forces to tackle the most controversial and newsworthy cases. With their unique skill sets and the power of forensic law, this formidable team becomes indispensable to the law firm of
Turk, Nicholson, Tuller & Gaines. Ron Turk (Victor Garber) is the face seen on every media talk show in the country...and he wants it that way. He's great at landing a client, spinning a case, and getting his way, but juries hate him. Standing behind Ron...as far away from the cameras as possible...is Tom Nicholson (Kerr Smith), the heart of the firm. Tom is a
brilliant litigator whose Everyman, earnest manner makes him Ron's alter ego. Luther Gaines (Eamonn Walker), famous in the African-American community, is well-connected, politically motivated, and in possession of an uncanny ability to take a step back and assess the merits of a case from both the prosecution's and the defense's perspectives. Alden Tuller (Rebecca Mader) is
a young, ambitious, and brilliant clinician who approaches each case analytically, uncovering ways to destroy expert witnesses on cross-examination.
"Standoff" (Tuesdays at 7 PM; moves to Mondays at 7 PM in January)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) There's no crisis situation they can't handle...unless it involves each other. Matt Flannery (Ron Livingston) and Emily Lehman (Rosemarie DeWitt) are the top-ranked negotiators in the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU.) They're trained to talk their way through
volatile situations. They're experts at knowing what makes other people tick. They're also sleeping together, a secret that they agreed to keep to themselves, until Matt reveals it to the entire world during a tense hostage standoff. The public revelation causes friction between Matt, who relies on gut instinct, and Emily, an academic who analyzes every move.
Their relationship also gets them into major trouble with their boss Cheryl Carrera (Gina Torres), head of the Los Angeles CNU, and raises eyebrows among their CNU colleagues, including intelligence officer Lia Mathers (Raquel Alessi.) While Matt and Emily really should be split up for being romantically involved, they're too valuable as a team. The show combines the
relationship banter of audience favorites like "Moonlighting" with the adrenaline-paced suspense of hits like "24." The series advances a fundamental idea: that in life and in love, "Everything is a negotiation."
"Vanished" (Mondays at 8 PM)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) Sara (Joanne Kelly) is the beautiful young wife of prominent Georgia Senator Jeffrey Collins (John Allen Nelson), and she has gone missing, but before the FBI can solve the mystery of where she is, they first need to figure out who she really is. Through the eyes of
Senior FBI Agent Graham Kelton (Gale Harold), ambitious reporter Judy Nash (Rebecca Gayheart) and the distraught members of the Collins family, viewers will journey inside a sensational, mysterious national soap opera. Kelton, working with Agent Lin Mei (Ming-Na), uncovers enigmatic clues that suggest Sara's disappearance may be part of a large, sinister conspiracy. Created
by Josh Berman and directed by executive producer Mimi Leder, the show combines the investigative twists and turns of "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation," the nonstop pace and tension of FOX's "24," and the scope of The Da Vinci Code.
"The Wedding Album" (Fridays at 8 PM, starting in January)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) From executive producers Andy Tennant and Wink Mordaunt comes a series that captures the ups and downs of tying the knot through the eyes of the second-most important man in the room...the wedding photographer. Tony Zutto (Bruno Campos) is the guy everyone wants to
capture their big day, but just because he's working every high-profile ceremony in town doesn't mean he'll be walking down the aisle himself anytime soon. Tony's near-celebrity status on the marriage circuit...combined with his own less-than-stellar family history...has turned him into a serial bachelor and consummate playboy...at least until Tony hires new assistant Milla
Cavendish (Tara Summers), a feisty and alluring young Brit. Unlike the carefree encounters Tony's had with his share of bridesmaids over the years, Milla and her comrades-in-arms, sassy roommate Gretchen (Eva Pigford) and photo lab tech Bruno (Jayce Bartok), will keep Tony on his toes. Also keeping his wild ways in check are Peter (Ptolemy Slocum), Tony's strait-laced
half-brother and a minister to boot; Tony's gregarious father Danny (Tony Lo Bianco), who is always ready to dispense a helping of advice along with the liquor he serves at his neighborhood bar; and Gwen (Ashlie Atkinson), Tony's take-charge office manager. From the tempestuous rehearsal dinners and unorthodox ceremonies to the wild aftermaths and poignant family disasters, this
show proves that things are definitely more interesting when every day at the "office" is the most important day of someone else's life.
"Happy Hour" (Thursdays at 7:30 PM)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) Straight arrow Henry Beckman (John Sloan) had it all: a great job, a perfect girlfriend and a sweet apartment. He was a big fish in the small pond of Amsterdam, Missouri. And then he let Heather (Brooke D'Orsay) talk him into moving to Chicago to work in her
family business, where it all went wrong. In the space of one morning, Henry gets dumped by Heather, learns he can no longer work for Heather's uncle, and gets kicked out of their apartment. It's in this vulnerable state that he meets his new roommate, a vain, flashy, loveable rogue named Larry Cone (Lex Medlin.) Larry is a modern-day Dean Martin who is looking for a
new protégé to teach the wisdom of staying single and enjoying the good life. Larry's last roommate and best friend, Brad (Nat Faxon), has gotten engaged to the shrew Tina (Jamie Denbo), a cold and controlling fiancé who's immune to Larry's considerable charm. Under Larry's tutelage, Henry begins to rebuild his life and goes to work for Larry's childhood friend Amanda (Beth
Lacke), a beautiful mess who's unsuccessfully trying to emulate her perfect ideal of womanhood, Kelly Ripa. Will Henry manage to hold onto his traditional values and remain a hopeless romantic? Or will Larry indeed "build a better Brad"?
"'Til Death" (Thursdays at 7 PM)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) This show is a comedy about middle-aged Eddie (Brad Garrett) and Joy Stamm (Joely Fisher), who are on day 8,743 of their marriage and have the battle scars to prove it. Their new next-door neighbors are young newlyweds Steph (Kat Foster) and Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye
Thomas)...idealistic, passionate, adorable, and married for all of 12 days. It's a show about new marriage versus old marriage, about keeping the romance alive...or at least staying together so you have someone to drive you to the hospital for your operations. Eddie is a cynical realist who considers himself an expert on most topics. A high school history teacher,
he's learned well the lessons of history and applies the basic principles to his marriage: all fights are about power, land, and resources...and women love to kill fun. A veteran of the marriage wars, Eddie freely gives his advice to the younger, idealistic Jeff, who's the new Vice Principal at Eddie's school. Of course, Eddie's little secret all along is that he loves Joy
more than anything. However brash and sardonic Joy herself appears though, she loves Eddie right back.
"Celebrity Duets" (Thursdays at 8 PM in the "O.C." timeslot; ending before the World Series begins)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) This show, from Simon Cowell, pairs established singing stars with celebrities outside the music industry to make beautiful music together by competing as duos for charity. The show will follow the professional singers as they instruct their partners, choose songs, and
perform duets in front of a panel of judges and a live studio audience. After each episode, viewers will vote for their favorite duets. The winning pair will emerge from the competition in perfect harmony, while the losers definitely will have to change their tune.
"The Winner" (Comedy)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) A 43-and-a-half-year-old narrator, who is incredibly rich and successful, looks way back to 1994, when he lost his innocence and started to become a man...at the tender age of 32. In 1994, Glen Abbott (Rob Corddry), still living with his parents, finally steps out into
the world and tries to make something of himself when the only girl he'd ever kissed, the radiant Alison Miller (Erinn Hayes), returns to town. Driven by the desire to become a success and win Alison's heart, Glen goes through his "wonder years" a mere 20 years older than, well, most everyone. But it's not in vain, as this unlikely underdog will eventually transform from
fear-riddled underachiever to the richest man in Buffalo in a mere five years. Luckily, Glen doesn't have to go though this awkward period alone. He becomes best friends with the only person he can truly relate to: Alison's 13-year-old son Josh (Keir Gilchrist.) Josh is a fellow hypochondriac, and they help each other survive "puberty." Glen also receives
parental guidance from his absurdly enabling mother Irene (Julie Hagerty) and his supportive but quasi-rage-aholic dad Ron (Lenny Clarke.)
"On the Lot" (Reality)
Premise: (From FOX's press release) Aspiring director/filmmakers from across the country will vie for the opportunity of a lifetime when Mark Burnett, Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television, and FOX join forces on this exciting new unscripted series. Ultimately, one filmmaker will rise above the rest and
will be rewarded with a studio development deal, "on the lot" at DreamWorks. A group of 16 undiscovered talents will be brought to Hollywood and divided into several teams. Every week, each team will produce a short film in an assigned genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. With one member selected as the
director and other members helping produce, they'll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer. But with the clock ticking, and other teams working with the same genre or premise, they'll all need to match their vision with decisiveness, execution, and flexibility. The competition will air on two nights weekly. The films will be shown and critiqued in
front of a live audience during the one-hour "Film Premiere" episode. The judging panel will include a motion picture executive, a film critic and well-respected guest judges. But the filmmakers also will be subjected to perhaps the harshest judge of all the public. It will be FOX viewers whose votes ultimately determine which film should be left on the cutting room
floor. On the half-hour "Box Office" results show, the director of the losing feature will be sent home, leaving that team with fewer contestants to help produce the next week's film. As the competition continues and more directors are eliminated, the remaining filmmakers will have to work individually, creating a new film every week until only the most talented individual
is anointed the winner, whisked away to the DreamWorks studio, met by Steven Spielberg and shown to his or her new office "on the lot."
Information gathered from Zap2it.com and other sources