Dan Harmon Animated Series A Go At Fox

The show set in ancient Greece stems from a direct broadcast deal the Rick and Morty co-creator signed at the network.

Fox Renews ‘I Can See Your Voice’

The broadcaster has renewed the unscripted series hosted by Ken Jeong following a solid debut run in the fall. Jeong, who’s also an executive producer, and judges Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton are set to return.

Fox Buys Canadian Legal Drama ‘Diggstown’

Fox acquired the first two seasons, or 12 episodes, of the CBC original drama that stars Being Erica and General Hospital actress Vinessa Antoine as Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities and moves to work in a legal-aid office after her beloved aunt takes her own life following the pressures of a malicious prosecution.

Narang To Oversee Fox Streaming Products

Varun Narang has been named chief product officer at Fox, where he will oversee the company’s Fox-branded streaming products, platforms and engineering. Narang had been chief product officer with Disney Plus Hotstar, which he joined in 2015, before it was sold by 21st Century Fox to Disney.

NFL Gives TV Nets More Ad Time In Playoffs

The National Football League will allow CBS, NBC and Fox to sell an additional two minutes of commercials during the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl, according to network and league officials. That will mean several million dollars of new revenue for the networks, as NFL postseason games are among the most sought-after content for advertisers. A spot usually runs as high as $1 million during the early playoff rounds and can top $2 million for the conference championships that determine who plays in the Super Bowl, network executives said.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Fox’s ‘Prodigal Son’

The Oscar winner has joined the network’s drama Prodigal Son for its second season. She’ll be a series regular and foil for Michael Sheen’s character in the series. It’s her first series role on a U.S. broadcast network.

Fox NFL Christmas Game Best Since 2016

The New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings game on Christmas Day proved a strong lure for sports fans isolated from their typical family gatherings by the pandemic. The game drew a 10.1 demographics score and provided an NFL record performance, as Saints running back Alvin Kamara scored six touchdowns.

Fox Tweaking Sunday Lineup

Following the NFL on Fox doubleheader on Jan. 3, the network’s new animated series The Great North is getting a special preview at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, ahead of its Feb. 14 series premiere, following the series premiere of multi-cam comedy Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik at 8 p.m.

How Networks Have Adjusted To Airing NFL

Even though games may look the same, most of the processes around broadcasting the games have changed. Interviews for pregame features are being done remotely, announcers are socially distanced while being separated by plexiglass, and sideline reporters are in the stands.

Fox, Sinclair Renew Affiliation Agreements

Fox and Sinclair Broadcast Group said they reached an agreement renewing the Fox Broadcasting affiliation for stations in 25 markets. The Sinclair Fox affiliates affected by the deal cover about 11% of U.S. households.

Production On Fox Dramedy Pilot ‘The Big Leap’ Paused After Positive COVID-19 Tests

‘Fantasy Island’ Reboot Ordered At Fox

The network has handed a straight-to-series order to a contemporary reboot of the late-’70s/early ’80s ABC drama, to hail from executive producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (The 100) and air in summer 2021.

Fox Drops ‘Empire’ Spinoff Plans

The potential Empire spinoff centered on Cookie Lyon starring Taraji P. Henson is not moving ahead at Fox. The spinoff was first announced as being in development back in July, part of a first-look deal Henson had signed with studio 20th Television. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the project will be shopped to other outlets.

Fox CFO Hints It Could Drop Thurs. Football

Fox Corp. is the only NFL media partner to carry two different football franchises. Depending on the future costs of those games, Fox may be content to carry just one. The company’s CFO, Steve Tomsic, said Tuesday that if forced to make a decision about whether to carry just Sunday-afternoon football games or Thursday Night Football, Fox would opt for the Sunday package.

Ken Jeong And Joel McHale To Host Fox’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Special

Former Community costars Ken Jeong and Joel McHale are set to host Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021 (working title), the network announced Wednesday. They succeed former NYE emcee Steve Harvey, who has presided over Fox’s countdown since 2017.

‘The Masked Singer’ Renewed For Season 5

To the surprise of no one, Fox has renewed The Masked Singer for a fifth season, set to air in 2021. The announcement comes just hours ahead of the Season 4 semifinals, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Wayne Brady To Host Unscripted ‘Game Of Talents’

Fox has ordered the unscripted series Game of Talents with Wayne Brady set to host. Based on the Spanish format, Game of Talents pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the hidden talents of the mystery performers based on first impressions and a series of clues. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles and will debut on Fox in 2021.

Fox Revives ‘Name That Tune’

Jane Drakowski and Randy Jackson will host the musical game show that will be paired with a new season of The Masked Singer in January.

‘Lego Masters’ Renewed For Season 2 At Fox

Will Arnett will return as host and exec producer of the competition series.

Fox Sets Winter Premiere Dates

Fox has unveiled the bulk of its winter 2021 schedule, featuring the network’s returning scripted series, which will roll out starting on Dec. 27.

Wentworth Miller Quits Fox’s ‘Prison Break’

‘Filthy Rich’ And ‘NeXt’ Canceled At Fox

Fox will not renew either series for a second season, although both shows will see out their current runs. Low ratings — both shows are averaging a 0.5/3 in the 18-49 demo — and uncertainty are behind the cancellation of the series, which were both originally intended for summer runs.

Fox Orders Comedy ‘This Country’ For Next Season

Fox is getting a very early jump on its lineup for the 2021-22 TV season. The network has given a series order to This Country, a single-camera mockumentary from creator Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C) and director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, The Office). It’s based on a BAFTA-winning BBC series created by and starring Daisy and Charlie Cooper.

World Series TV Ratings Average Drops 32% Below Previous Low

The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating/12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating/12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

Fox Launches Ad Buying Campaign, Web Portal

Believing it’s never too early to start thinking about the upfront, Fox has launched an ad campaign aimed at media buyers and brand managers, and a web portal where clients can get information about upcoming schedules and programming. The campaign uses the theme “The Power Of Fox Is The Power To Break Through’” and informs clients that they can buy the company’s four verticals — entertainment, sports, news and the Tubi streaming services — or buy the entire portfolio.

Record Low World Series Audience On Tues.

Los Angeles’ 8-3 Game 1 win received a 5.1 rating/11 share, and was seen by an average of 9,195,000 viewers on Fox from 8:06 p.m. to 11:41 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday.

Fox Sets January Drama Series Returns

Fox’s four returning drama series, 9-1-1, spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Resident and Prodigal Son, will be back in the air with new seasons in January (no exact premiere dates yet). The network on Tuesday released a promo teasing the upcoming return of the series, which are now in production. The network also unveiled tweaked Monday and Tuesday lineups.

Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ To End With ‘Gentle And Fun’ Season 9

Fox announced Wednesday that Tim Allen’s death-defying family sitcom will conclude with its upcoming ninth season, which is set to premiere in January. The network resurrected the series in May 2018, ordering a seventh season nearly a year to the day after its controversial cancellation at ABC.

Hank Azaria Replaced By Alex Désert As Voice Of Carl In Season 32 Premiere

2 More Seasons For ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers’

Fox’s animation will be dominating for the foreseeable future: Sunday-night staples Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have each been renewed for two more seasons, the network announced Wednesday. Family Guy has been picked up for Seasons 20 and 21, while Bob’s Burgers will be back for Seasons 12 and 13. Each show will now run through at least 2023.

Liv Tyler Exits Fox’s ‘911: Lone Star’ Over COVID

Liv Tyler has opted out of season two of Fox’s 911: Lone Star. The actress, who had a multiple-year deal for the Fox procedural, will not return to the Tim Minear drama amid issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Tyler had previously commuted from London to Los Angeles, where the Austin-set series is filmed.

Fox Poised To Spend $2B To Keep Sun. NFL

Fox Corp. is willing to spend as much as $2 billion a year to maintain its rights to National Football League games on Sunday, a huge increase from its current contract, according to people familiar with the matter. Negotiations with the league are heating up because current broadcast rights begin expiring at the end of next year.

Fox Sets Premiere Dates For 2 Shows

Fox has set September premiere dates for Season 4 of The Masked Singer and the new Ken Jeong-hosted musical game show I Can See Your Voice, the network announced Wednesday. I Can See Your Voice was not on the original fall schedule Fox released back in May, but the show was fast-tracked to debut next month, taking the Wednesday night timeslot previously designated of MasterChef Junior.

Ex-‘Simpsons’ Composer Gets To Advance In Lawsuit Over Firing

Fox Should Dump Broadcast Net, Says Wall Street Analyst

MoffettNathanson says that having spun off its core entertainment assets to Disney last year, owning a broadcast network and TV stations no longer makes strategic sense. Fox Corp. should sell them to a big studio owner like WarnerMedia or to any entity looking to use the power of broadcasting to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services.

‘Masked Singer’ Begins Production On Season 4

The Masked Singer began production on its fourth season Thursday in Los Angeles with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. An individual with knowledge of the situation says that the Nick Cannon-hosted Season 4, which is expected to premiere this fall on Fox, will incorporate fan voting for the first time in the history of the singing competition.

Sports Emmys: ESPN, Fox Top Networks

ESPN and Fox shared bragging rights as the 41st annual Sports Emmys were handout out Tuesday night. They tied atop the network leaderboard with seven wins apiece. ESPN scored one more nod to lead all sports groups, as it came into the night with the most nominations (58) to Fox Sports Media Group’s 48. CBS’s coverage of the Masters won the marquee Outstanding Live Sports Special category, and the network also scooped the Outstanding Live Sports Series for its NFL on CBS.

EARNINGS CALL

Political Ads Booming For Fox O&Os

Political is pacing more than 50% ahead of the equivalent period four years ago CEO Lachlan Murdoch tells analysts. Apart from political, COO John Nallen said it is “remarkable to see how quickly local advertising is coming back.”

Fired ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen Sues Disney, Fox

‘Empire’ Cookie Spinoff In The Works