[05/15/08 - 10:21 AM]
The Futon's Upfront Notes: FOX's Returning Series Descriptions
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX has released synopses of all 21 of its returning series. They are as follows:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: These descriptions contain SPOILERS about various plot developments and cast changes, most notably "Bones" and "Prison Break."]


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Real Time Productions, Imagine Television, 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto, David Fury

CAST: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian, Janeane Garofalo as Janis Gold, Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor, Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida, James Morrison as Bill Buchanan, Annie Wersching as Renee Walker, Colm Feore as Henry Taylor, Bob Gunton as Ethan Kanin, Rhys Coiro as Sean Hillinger, Jeffrey Nordling as Larry Moss

24, celebrating its 150th episode this season, is one of the most innovative, addictive and acclaimed dramas on television. In just six seasons, the suspenseful series has been nominated for a total of 57 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series (2006) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for star Kiefer Sutherland (2006). Season Six garnered a sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for Sutherland and second consecutive nomination for supporting actor Jean Smart. Season Seven of 24 promises to combine the show's unique and trend-setting format with compelling new elements. Each episode again will cover one hour of real time, as viewers follow JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland) through another astonishing day. In Season Six, Jack Bauer put it all on the line to thwart nuclear terrorist attacks and prevent critical technology from falling into the wrong hands. When we last saw Bauer, he stood alone contemplating his future as the impact of the day's gut-wrenching sacrifices and intense personal pain set in. The series gets a jumpstart on the clock this fall with the unprecedented 24: DAY 7 prequel, a two-hour event airing this November. Set and shot on location in Africa, Jack Bauer battles an international crisis, while here at home the nation prepares for a new president on inauguration day. Taking place just a few months before the new day dawns, this story will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven. Set in Washington, DC, "Day 7" opens with CTU dismantled and Jack Bauer on trial. Bauer's day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague TONY ALMEIDA (Carlos Bernard) returns. Meanwhile, newly elected President ALLISON TAYLOR (Cherry Jones) leads the country alongside White House Chief of Staff ETHAN KANIN (Bob Gunton) and First Gentleman HENRY TAYLOR (Colm Feore). A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including Agent JANIS GOLD (Janeane Garofalo), Agent RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching), Agent LARRY MOSS (Jeffrey Nordling) and Agent SEAN HILLINGER (Rhys Coiro). Although CTU is no longer, CHLOE O'BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and BILL BUCHANAN (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events. 24, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, is a production of Real Time Productions and Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Surnow, Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Manny Coto, David Fury, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are the executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Rich Appel, Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz, David Zuckerman

VOICE CAST: Seth MacFarlane as Stan Smith and Roger, Wendy Schaal as Francine Smith, Rachael MacFarlane as Hayley Smith, Scott Grimes as Steve Smith, Dee Bradley Baker as Klaus

AMERICAN DAD, the animated series that follows die-hard Republican and card-carrying NRA member STAN SMITH (Seth MacFarlane) and his hilariously odd family in Langley Falls, VA, is back to salute a fourth season of laughs. Stan's not-so-smart wife FRANCINE (Wendy Schaal) has an unfaltering loyalty that allows her to turn a blind eye toward Stan's unabashed arrogance. Stan constantly butts heads with his 18-year-old daughter HAYLEY (Rachael MacFarlane), who knows just how to push her father's buttons by being liberal in both her beliefs and in the amount of hippie boyfriends she chooses to date. Hayley's 14-year-old brother is the geeky yet cocky STEVE (Scott Grimes), a kid who seems to be on the constant verge of puberty but can't quite make sense of the opposite sex. The Smith household is rounded out by two rather unconventional members. There's the selfish and sarcastic space alien, ROGER (Seth MacFarlane), who lives in the attic and drinks like it's always happy hour; and KLAUS (Dee Bradley Baker), an attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German guy whose always willing to vocalize his opinions whether anyone is listening or not. This eccentric family full of radically different personalities is just trying to find a way to love and trust each other during these increasingly unpredictable times. And with a guy like Stan in charge of our national security, it's going to be a hilarious ride. The comedy continues this season when Stan becomes an exotic dancer, Roger decides to have his home planet blow up Earth and Steve and his friends plan a heist at a classmate's bar mitzvah. AMERICAN DAD is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman serve as co-creators and executive producers and Rich Appel, Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz and David Zuckerman serve as executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: FremantleMedia North America, 19 Entertainment

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz

HOST: Ryan Seacrest

JUDGES: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

Television's No. 1 show returns for its eighth season when AMERICAN IDOL premieres in January 2009. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the hit series empowers viewers to discover America's next solo singing superstar by voting for their favorites to win the coveted American Idol title. Every year, thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom and a chance to be the next American Idol. The show's judges � Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson � winnow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week for the studio audience and the television viewers. The judges have their say after every performance, but it's the viewing public that determines who advances to the next round of the competition and who goes home. Voting via telephone and text-messaging begins immediately after each performance show, and the results are announced during the following night's broadcast. Season Seven finalists have showcased their talent by preparing selections from the Lennon/McCartney songbook, songs from the year they were born and inspirational tunes. The contestants have also performed the music of Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Neil Diamond. These legendary artists not only shared their expertise with the contestants, they also provided audience members the opportunity to experience a variety of musical styles. Eventually the competition is narrowed down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Jordin Sparks already have risen to the top of the recording industry. Beginning in 2007, AMERICAN IDOL launched IDOL GIVES BACK, a charity special that has raised more than $135 million to fight extreme poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The special, featuring international talent and sports figures, has been honored with the prestigious 2007 Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' highest accolade. The show has also been recognized by President George W. Bush, HRH Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder and CEO of 19 Entertainment; and executiveproduced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: STF Productions, Inc., 20th Century Fox Television


HOST: John Walsh

The groundbreaking series AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK returns for a 22nd season of remarkable television and public service. With 1,000 criminal captures to date, AMW has done more than entertain and inform: it has changed the landscape of American law enforcement. Lauded by viewers, critics and law-enforcement organizations nationwide and commended by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, this empowering hour has quite literally changed the lives of thousands of victims and perpetrators of crime. Leading the charge is host JOHN WALSH, a nationally recognized advocate of victims' rights and a tireless voice on behalf of missing and exploited children. As a direct result of the extraordinary partnership between AMW and its viewers, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED has helped to capture 1,000 criminals, including 17 from the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. One of Walsh's proudest achievements: the show has also reunited 43 missing children with their families. Among these triumphs was the miraculous recovery of kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart, which resulted from AMW viewer tips. In addition, Walsh teamed up with Elizabeth's father, Ed Smart, to support the "Amber Alert" bill, which put a national spotlight on the need for a nationwide missing-child alert. The George W. Bush administration has invited AMW to do shows from the White House and profile wanted terrorists on two occasions. In 2003, Walsh joined President Bush in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House as the PROTECT Act of 2003, which expanded the use of Amber Alerts, was signed into law. AMW again broadcast from the White House on July 29, 2006, two days after another Rose Garden ceremony at which President Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Since its inception, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED has been a socially responsible program committed to making our towns and cities safer for all of us. AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK is produced by STF Productions, Inc. Lance Heflin is executive producer.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Mark Burnett Productions, ZOO Productions

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, John Stevens

HOST: Jeff Foxworthy

Classes resume for the third session of the A+ hit quiz show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?. Acclaimed comedian Jeff Foxworthy is at the head of the class as host of this atypical game show, which measures adults' lack of knowledge � as revealed by how much they've forgotten since grammar school. The family-friendly fun continues next season when the show enrolls a new class of 5th graders. On the show, adult contestants find themselves revisiting the classroom, tackling subjects they've already been taught � from art to geography and math to social studies. The test questions, derived from actual textbooks used in the 1st through 5th grades, are similar to the following:

1. 1st Grade Social Studies: What was the first name of the first U.S. First Lady?
2. 2nd Grade Science: The chimpanzee's native habitat is on what continent?
3. 3rd Grade English: What is the singular form of the word "lice"?
4. 4th Grade Literature: Who wrote the book "Little House on the Prairie"?
5. 5th Grade Science: What is the most abundant element in the universe?

When the questions prove to be challenging, as they inevitably do, the contestants are not alone; there is a way to "cheat" in this classroom. Adults can get some elementary help by using a "peek," "copy" or "save" from actual 5th grade classmates to determine the correct a-n-s-we- r and graduate toward the top prize of $1 million. Highlights of the sophomore season included celebrities Regis Philbin, Clay Aiken, Kellie Pickler, Tony Hawk, Billy Bush and Miss America Lauren Nelson entering the classroom to be quizzed for charity. Mark Burnett Productions produces ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? in association with ZOO Productions. Burnett, Barry Poznick and John Stevens serve as executive producers.

1. Martha
2. Africa
3. Louse
4. Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. Hydrogen


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Far Field Productions, Josephson Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson, Stephen Nathan

CREATOR: Hart Hanson

CAST: Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan, David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, TJ Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins, Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro, Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille "Cam" Saroyan, John Francis Daley as Dr. Lance Sweets

From executive producers Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson and Stephen Nathan comes the fourth exciting season of BONES, a darkly amusing procedural with humor, heart and character, inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. DR. TEMPERANCE BRENNAN (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, DC, and writes novels as a sideline. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless � when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that CSI gives up � law enforcement calls in Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones. Most law enforcement can't handle Brennan's intelligence, her drive for the truth, or the way she flings herself headlong into every investigation. SPECIAL AGENT SEELEY BOOTH (David Boreanaz) of the FBI's Homicide Investigations Unit is the exception. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists � the "squints," as he calls them � who pore over the physical evidence of a crime. But even he cannot deny that the combination of his people-smarts and Brennan's scientific acumen makes them a formidable team. Aside from Booth, Brennan is most comfortable with her equally brilliant colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab. ANGELA MONTENEGRO (Michaela Conlin), an artist who specializes in reconstructing facial features and crime scenes, is Brennan's earthy and bawdy best friend; "the bug guy," conspiracy theorist DR. JACK HODGINS (TJ Thyne), is an expert on insects, spores and minerals; and DR. CAMILLE "CAM" SAROYAN (Tamara Taylor), the street-smart and centered coroner, must wrangle all the geniuses under her purview. Lending his professional expertise to Brennan and Booth is DR. LANCE SWEETS (John Francis Daley), a brilliant young psychologist who is equally adept at profiling murderers and providing "couples therapy" to Booth and Brennan. Season four of BONES finds Booth and Brennan dealing with changes among the "squints" as well as in their own relationship, and a revolving group of grad students pitch in to help them solve murders. BONES is from Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson and Stephen Nathan are executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Langley Productions Inc., FTS Productions


PRODUCERS: Jimmy Langley, Morgan Langley


Entering a remarkable 21st season, the groundbreaking series COPS � which was instrumental in launching the reality genre with its video v�rit� style � has penetrated the American psyche unlike any other show in television history, and has earned a place in popular culture. Last season, the four-time Emmy Award-nominated program celebrated a milestone 700th episode, making it one of the longest-running primetime series currently airing on broadcast television. COPS continues to rank No. 1 in its time period among key demographics. COPS has profiled law enforcement agencies in over 140 U.S. cities and has also filmed in Hong Kong, London, Central and South America, Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was the first American television program to follow the police in the former Soviet Union. Next season, COPS will cover the U.S. from coast to coast, filming police activity in California, Florida, Texas, Minnesota and Nevada. John Langley is the creator and executive producer of COPS for Langley Productions Inc. in association with FTS Productions.



EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brad Lachman, Jeff Apploff, Chris Coelen, Greg Goldman

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Weinberg, Bill Bracken

HOST: Wayne Brady

DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! is the addictive game show hosted by Wayne Brady. The musical series hit a high note last season with all-star episodes headlined by recording artists including Boyz II Men, Bret Michaels (Poison and "Rock of Love") and Kimberley Locke (AMERICAN IDOL) who competed for charity, as well as Gloria Gaynor and Kenny Loggins who made surprise guest appearances. On DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! contestants choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists. They then take center stage to sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen, but suddenly the music stops and the words disappear. Will the contestants belt out the correct missing lyric or will they freeze under pressure? After each correct response, contestants must decide to "stay and play" or "take the money and run." If they sing nine songs correctly, they are presented with a No. 1 hit and one final missing lyric for the top prize of $1 million. It's that simple: 10 songs, 10 missing lyrics, 1 million dollars. DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! is produced by RDF USA and Brad Lachman Productions. Lachman, Jeff Apploff, Chris Coelen and Greg Goldman serve as executive producers. Michael Weinberg and Bill Bracken serve as co-executive producers. The show was created by Apploff.


PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane, David A. Goodman, Chris Sheridan, Danny Smith

VOICE CAST: Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin and Brian Griffin, Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin, Seth Green as Chris Griffin, Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin

Since its debut in 1999, the Emmy-nominated animated series FAMILY GUY has attracted an impressively loyal following of devoted fans and has sold over 16 million combined DVD units, making it the second-largest-selling TV series ever. The show follows the adventures of lovable oaf PETER GRIFFIN (Seth MacFarlane) and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders. LOIS (Alex Borstein) is Peter's loving wife, a former Miss Teen Rhode Island who rules the roost but is one step away from a nervous breakdown. Then there are their kids: frumpy, 16-year-old MEG (Mila Kunis), the family's punching bag; 13-year-old CHRIS (Seth Green), a kid who can't make sense of the opposite sex, much less the evil monkey hiding in his closet; and 1-year-old STEWIE (MacFarlane), a diabolically clever baby whose heterosexuality is hanging by a thread. Rounding out the Griffin household is BRIAN (MacFarlane), the family dog, a member of Mensa with a penchant for dry martinis and dumb blondes. During the upcoming sixth season, the Griffin family will enter the "Star Wars" universe once again with a parody of "The Empire Strikes Back"; Lois gets a job working for FOX News; and Peter has to go back to 3rd grade in order to qualify for a work promotion. Meanwhile, Stewie creates a time machine and he and Brian travel back to Poland during World War II. In addition to the regular cast, FAMILY GUY has featured guest voice appearances by a wide range of notables, including Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe, Hugh Hefner, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Kiefer Sutherland, James Woods, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the legendary rock group KISS. FAMILY GUY is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer, David A. Goodman is executive producer/show-runner and Chris Sheridan and Danny Smith are executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Granada America, In association with A. Smith & Co.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arthur Smith, Kent Weed

CHEF: Gordon Ramsay

World-renowned chef GORDON RAMSAY is back for a fifth course of the sizzling unscripted series HELL'S KITCHEN. The show follows wannabe chefs as they slice and dice their way through each episode, vying for Ramsay's attention in hopes of winning a life-changing culinary prize. The intensity heats up each week as the ambitious hopefuls try to prove they have what it takes. Ramsay weeds out the bad apples, keeping only those who possess the right combination of ingredients to achieve success. Both his sharp tongue and the contestants' inexperience are often a recipe for disaster in this pressure-cooker environment. Only one thing is certain: If the contestants can't stand the heat, they'll have to get out of HELL'S KITCHEN. HELL'S KITCHEN is a Granada America production in association with A. Smith & Co. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Universal Media Studios

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran

CREATOR: David Shore

CAST: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson, Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman, Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron, Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase, Olivia Wilde as Thirteen, Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub, Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner

HOUSE, an innovative take on the medical drama, solves mysteries where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor who trusts no one, least of all his patients. HOUSE is the No.1 scripted series among Adults 18-34 and Teens, as well as the No. 2 scripted series among Adults 18-49. The post-Super Bowl XLII episode of HOUSE was the series' highest rated episode ever across all demos and the highest rated scripted program on any network in two years among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. The show as been honored with two Emmy Awards and 11 nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series and two for Hugh Laurie; the 2006 Humanitas Prize and three Humanitas finalist honors; two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Laurie; a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series, Drama; a Peabody Award; the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama and the Writers Guild Award for Episodic Drama. In addition, the show has been honored by the American Film Institute as one of the TV Programs of the Year. DR. GREGORY HOUSE (Hugh Laurie), devoid of bedside manner and dealing with his own constant physical pain, uses a cane that seems to punctuate his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. For the past four seasons, he has shepherded an elite team of experts who help him unravel diagnostic mysteries. He has a good friend and confidant in oncology specialist DR. JAMES WILSON (Robert Sean Leonard) and there's some volatile chemistry between House and DR. LISA CUDDY (Lisa Edelstein), the Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator. In Season Four, House orchestrated a series of major changes to his diagnostic team and narrowed down 40 applicants to three, hiring DR. CHRIS TAUB (Peter Jacobson), THIRTEEN (Olivia Wilde) and DR. LAWRENCE KUTNER (Kal Penn) who join neurologist DR. ERIC FOREMAN (Omar Epps). Former team members DR. ALLISON CAMERON (Jennifer Morrison) and DR. ROBERT CHASE (Jesse Spencer) no longer have to answer to House as Cameron heads up Emergency Medicine and Chase is working in Surgery. HOUSE is from Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. Katie Jacobs, David Shore, Paul Attanasio, Bryan Singer, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner and Thomas L. Moran are executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films, 3 Arts Entertainment

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mike Judge, Greg Daniels, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Jim Dauterive, Garland Testa, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg

VOICE CAST: Mike Judge as Hank Hill and Boomhauer, Kathy Najimy as Peggy Hill, Pamela S. Adlon as Bobby Hill, Brittany Murphy as Luanne Platter, Johnny Hardwick as Dale Gribble, Stephen Root as Bill Dauterive

KING OF THE HILL, one of the longest-running comedies currently on primetime television, depicts the life and times of HANK HILL, his family and his neighbors in the fictional town of Arlen, TX. Hank (voiced by Mike Judge) is a hard-working, loyal family man and proud Texan whose Rock of Gibraltar is his wife, PEGGY (Kathy Najimy). Peggy thinks of herself as a true Renaissance woman: realtor, substitute Spanish teacher, fast-pitch softball hurler, local Boggle champion and notary public. Hank and Peggy's pride and joy is their 13-year-old son, BOBBY (Pamela S. Adlon). Rounding out the family is Hank's 18-year-old niece, LUANNE (Brittany Murphy), who recently got married to LUCKY (Tom Petty). Hank is the undisputed alpha male among his neighborhood buddies, DALE (Johnny Hardwick), BILL (Stephen Root) and BOOMHAUER (Judge). In the upcoming 13th season, Luanne and Lucky have a baby; Hank has an uplifting experience under the knife; Peggy is crushed when she realizes she's no longer cool; and Hank learns that his boss BUCK STRICKLAND (Root) has an illegitimate son. KING OF THE HILL has received numerous accolades over the past 12 years, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, a Nancy Susan Reynolds Award, a Women's Image Network Award and Environmental Media Awards in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The series has also garnered numerous nominations for Annie Awards, Prism Awards and Shine Awards. KING OF THE HILL is translated into numerous languages and licensed in almost 50 countries around the world. In addition to the regular cast, KING OF THE HILL has featured special guest voice appearances by Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey, Meryl Streep, Bernie Mac, Reese Witherspoon, Pamela Anderson, Willie Nelson, Sally Field, Jason Bateman, Ren�e Zellweger, Johnny Knoxville, No Doubt and the Dixie Chicks. Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are co-creators/executive producers. John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Jim Dauterive, Garland Testa, Howard Klein, and Michael Rotenberg are executive producers of KING OF THE HILL, which is a 20th Century Fox Television Production in association with Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films and 3 Arts Entertainment.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Granada America, Optomen, In association with A. Smith & Co.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Patricia Llewellyn

CHEF: Gordon Ramsay

Once again, famed Chef GORDON RAMSAY is taking off his apron and stepping out of his own kitchen to rescue restaurant owners in crisis. In this sizzling unscripted series, Chef Ramsay hits the road, exposing restaurants that are barely staying afloat. Whether it's due to lazy chefs, temperamental wait staff or unsanitary kitchens � it's time to call the restaurant industry's equivalent of 911. Each week, Chef Ramsay will expose the stressful realities of trying to run a successful food business while attempting to turn one uninviting, deserted eatery into the hippest, most sought-after venue in town. Inspired by one of the U.K.'s biggest hits, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES is seen in more than 50 territories around the globe, and the series reveals a whole new side to Ramsay. Although still prone to the explosive outbursts and spectacular confrontations familiar to fans, he also shows his sensitive and nurturing side � a unique blend of fury, passion, inspirational leadership and tough love that can coax a small spark of talent into a roaring flame. Ramsay's reputation is on the line and he wastes no time getting down to business. If the fish isn't fresh from the market or the beef not aged to perfection, it'll be thrown out the back door. If the chefs' prep work isn't up to par, he will hammer them into shape. And if they can't take the heat, they might be forced out of the kitchen! KITCHEN NIGHTMARES is a co-production of Granada America and Optomen in association with A. Smith & Co. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Patricia Llewellyn serve as executive producers.



EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Quincy Jones, David Salzman, Bruce Leddy, John Crane

MADtv's brand of irreverent humor has made this fast-paced, Emmy Award-winning comedy series a FOX Saturday night staple. Entering its 14th season, MADtv is a proven audience favorite with unrivaled pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor. The series introduced a new look last season by adding a live performance element and a studio audience. The late-night sketch comedy show is noted for signature characters, celebrity impersonations and edgy pop-culture send-ups. Noted for its "spot on" Emmy-winning music videos, this season's gems featured Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Feist, Flo Rida, as well as duets by Avril Lavigne and Lil' Mama, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Will I. Am and Kim Jong Il. MADtv's parodies of television shows have been acclaimed by TV Guide as "best of breed," with recent spoofs including Lost, The Hills, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, America's Next Top Model, Celebrity Rehab, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Survivor and Project Runway. MADtv has featured guest appearances by Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Christopher Meloni, Queen Latifah, Kate Walsh, Jessica Simpson, Susan Sarandon, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Laurie, Cedric the Entertainer, Jeff Probst, Carlos Mencia, Kathy Griffin, Dave Navarro, Carmen Electra, Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore, Tim Robbins, Fred Willard, Pamela Anderson, Marilyn Manson, LL Cool J, The Rock and Tyra Banks. MADtv is a production of Quincy Jones David Salzman Entertainment. The executive producers are David Salzman, Quincy Jones, Bruce Leddy and John Crane.


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Lighthearted Entertainment, Inc.



HOST: Mark L. Walberg

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, the No. 1 new series of the season, puts participants to the test � the lie detector test � to reveal whether or not they are telling the truth for a chance to win half a million dollars. On THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, the challenge is simple � answer 21 increasingly personal questions honestly, as determined by a polygraph, and win up to $500,000. This is the only game show where participants know both the questions and the answers before they begin to play. Prior to playing, participants are strapped to a lie detector and asked a series of questions by a polygraph expert, who records their answers. At any time, between the polygraph and the televised game, participants can change their answers or walk away from the competition. To win $500,000 participants have to tell the truth and answer questions such as:

� Do you think you are better looking than your friends?
� Would you say your wife is the most attractive woman you ever dated?
� Do you think you are a good person?

Of course, the questions are easier when the stakes are low � but as the prize amount increases, they will be challenged to fess up to matters they might normally lie about. The touchier questions could be especially revealing because participants share their answers in front of spouses, relatives and friends, hanging on every word. What deep dark secret will someone divulge for hundreds of thousands of dollars? THE MOMENT OF TRUTH is being produced in more than 35 other countries, including Spain, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The show is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, Inc. Howard Schultz serves as creator/executive producer. Michael Maddocks serves as co-executive producer.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Adelstein-Parouse Productions, 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Paul T. Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Parouse, Neal H. Moritz, Kevin Hooks, Brett Ratner

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Zack Estrin, Nick Santora

CAST: Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows, Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield, William Fichtner as Alexander Mahone, Amaury Nolasco as Fernando Sucre, Wade Williams as Brad Bellick, Robert Knepper as T-Bag, Sarah Wayne Callies as Dr. Sara Tancredi, Chris Vance as James Whistler, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Susan B. Anthony, Danay Garcia as Sofia

The greatest escape on television continues as PRISON BREAK enters its nail-biting, action-packed fourth season. After engineering an escape from the hellish Panamanian prison Sona, brothers MICHAEL SCOFIELD (Wentworth Miller) and LINCOLN BURROWS (Dominic Purcell) are determined to seek justice against The Company, the shadowy group responsible for destroying their lives and killing the woman Michael loves, DR. SARA TANCREDI (Sarah Wayne Callies). During their quest for vengeance, Michael's world is turned upside down when he learns that Sara is still alive. Realizing the only way they will truly be free, Michael and Lincoln avenge to find Sara and take down The Company. With the help of a government handler, they assemble a group of allies and familiar faces including MAHONE (William Fichtner), SUCRE (Amaury Nolasco) and BELLICK (Wade Williams) to aid in their seemingly impossible task. Unfortunately for the brothers, they must also enlist T-BAG (Robert Knepper), who unknowingly possesses a vital clue to help them pull off their most difficult challenge yet. They'll soon discover the only thing harder than breaking out is breaking in. PRISON BREAK is an Adelstein-Parouse Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Paul T. Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Parouse, Neal Moritz and Brett Ratner are executive producers. Zack Estrin and Nick Santora are coexecutive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Gracie Films, 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean

VOICE CAST: Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Julie Kavner as Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, Yeardley Smith as Lisa, Hank Azaria as Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum and others, Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders and others

THE SIMPSONS � the longest-running primetime animated series in history and the longest-running comedy on primetime television � is a cultural institution. Entering its 20th season, THE SIMPSONS celebrated an unprecedented 400 episodes, and the long-awaited "The Simpsons Movie" debuted to recordbreaking box office success, garnering over $526 million worldwide to date. The series has an extremely loyal and dedicated fan base worldwide. Intelligently written, subversively humorous and delightfully witty, THE SIMPSONS pokes fun at itself and everything in its wake. The critically praised series has been bestowed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 23 Emmy Awards, 23 Annie Awards, four Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. THE SIMPSONS holds the Guinness Book of World Records titles for Longest-Running Primetime Animated Television Series and Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series. Proving their iconic status in pop culture, Homer Simpson's annoyed grunt � "D'oh!" � is an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and THE SIMPSONS has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With record-breaking retail sales, THE SIMPSONS reigns as one of the best-selling TV DVD property of all time. This summer "The Simpsons Ride" opens at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and Hollywood, CA. Guest stars paying Springfield a visit next season include Denis Leary, Brian Grazer, Robert Forster and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Not weighed down by its lofty achievements, accolades or acclaim, the series continues to offer its loyal audience of all ages biting social and political satire while delivering multi-leveled humor and insight. THE SIMPSONS endures as a powerful force and an American icon. THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman is the animation house.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 19 Entertainment, Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe, Barry Adelman

HOST: Cat Deeley

JUDGES: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy

The Emmy-winning summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, hosted by Cat Deeley, keeps viewers moving to a different beat as dancers skilled in everything from the "street" styles of Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Ballroom's Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named the nation's favorite. About to kick off its fourth season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finished Summer 2007 as the No. 1 show in its time period among key demographics. The Season Three champion, Sabra Johnson, was voted America's Favorite Dancer and waltzed off with the cash prize of $250,000. Following the season finale, the Top 10 dancers embarked on a cross-country, 50-city performance tour. In Season Four, producers again will travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the rhythm of America. Those who spark the judges' interest during auditions will be invited to call-backs, where they will work with top choreographers. During the call-back week, the judges choose the Top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition. In the performance round, the 20 finalists dance for America's votes, and each week the six contestants comprising the bottom three couples are given a chance to perform solo routines to encourage viewers to keep them on the show. Then the judges decide which dancers stay in the competition and which two are eliminated. Once the series is down to the Top 10 finalists, it's solely up to America to decide who remains in the competition. Following the performance shows, viewers can vote for their favorite couples. The live results shows reveal who keeps dancing and who goes home. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions, Inc. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Fox Television Studios


Back for a third season, TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN is a fast-paced late-night talk show that features celebrity guests and irreverent comedy sketches � both inside the studio and out on the street. Hosted by Emmy-nominated writer SPIKE FERESTEN ("Seinfeld," "Late Show with David Letterman"), TALKSHOW offers a fresh approach to the conventional late-night format and has established a reputation as one of the funniest late-night talk shows on TV. TALKSHOW will return with fan-favorites like "Idiot Paparazzi" and "Comedy for Stoners," along with a hilarious guest cast including 98-year-old correspondent Mae Laborde and angry local news reporter Rick Richards. In the first two seasons, TALKSHOW has welcomed guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Ryan Seacrest, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cheryl Hines, Fred Willard, Jason Alexander, Jordin Sparks and many others. TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN, executive-produced by Feresten, is a production of Fox Television Studios.


PRODUCTION COMPANIES: C2 Pictures, Warner Bros. Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Josh Friedman, John Wirth, James Middleton, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna, Joel B. Michaels

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Toni Graphia, Natalie Chaidez

CAST: Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker as John Connor, Summer Glau as Cameron, Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese, Richard T. Jones as James Ellison

At the end of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," SARAH CONNOR (Lena Headey) vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son, JOHN (Thomas Dekker). Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that enemies from the present and the future could attack at any moment. TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, the No. 1 new scripted series this season among Adults 18-49, reveals what happens when Sarah stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life, and perhaps the world. Her son, 16-year-old John Connor, is only now taking steps towards embracing his destiny as the future savior of mankind. John finds himself caught between his fearless protector, the sexy but sweet cyborg CAMERON (Summer Glau), and his uncle DEREK REESE (Brian Austin Green) who refuses to accept Cameron as an ally. Former FBI agent JAMES ELLISON (Richard T. Jones) has been transformed into a believer. Accepting Sarah's reality that "no one is ever safe," he's now bent on figuring out his role in this ever-evolving fate. Season Two only heightens the intensity of the Connor family's situation as Sarah attempts to locate The Turk and John emerges into the leader he's expected to be. How long can Cameron protect them before they're discovered by Skynet? How long can they keep up this dog fight? Produced by C2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES is executiveproduced by Josh Friedman, John Wirth and James Middleton. Toni Graphia and Natalie Chaidez serve as co-executive producers.


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Sony Pictures Television


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tim Hobert, Steve Skrovan

CAST: Brad Garrett as Eddie Stark, Joely Fisher as Joy Stark, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Jeff Woodcock, Kat Foster as Steph Woodcock, J.B. Smoove as Kenneth Westchester

'TIL DEATH is a comedy about the triumphs and tribulations of marriage and friendship from very different perspectives. It's about the funny - and annoying - things that happen between husbands, wives, neighbors and friends day after day after day. EDDIE (Brad Garrett) and JOY STARK (Joely Fisher) are your typical long-married couple: Eddie is the unemotional, cynical and somewhat rude husband while Joy is the caring, loving wife who on a daily basis has to put up with all things Eddie. You could say Joy is the yin to Eddie's yang. As a long-timemarried couple, they've been through it all together � and actually survived. Joy and Eddie are the perfect fit. As much as they gripe about their marriage, Eddie really does love Joy and Joy, despite it all, loves Eddie for who he is. Living in suburban Philadelphia, Eddie and Joy hang with their likable but slightly annoying neighbors JEFF (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and STEPH WOODCOCK (Kat Foster) and with KENNETH ("KENNY") WESTCHESTER (J.B. Smoove), Eddie's "little brother" from the Big Brother program. Kenneth is a recent divorc� with a penchant for ice cream and roller-skating. He is also the guy with all the answers � just the wrong kind. From Sony Pictures Television, 'TIL DEATH was created by real-life husband and wife Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ("The King of Queens," "What Women Want," "13 Going On 30"), who also serve as executive producers. They look forward to being together 'TIL DEATH.

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[01/16/21 - 03:05 PM]
Video: First Promo for New Unscripted Variety Show "Game of Talents," Coming This March to FOX
Emmy winner Wayne Brady is set to host and executive produce the program, due in March.

[01/16/21 - 08:52 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX Share Demo Crown; CBS Leads Total Viewers
The Alphabet's "Shark Tank" is the night's top draw among adults 18-49.

[01/15/21 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 15
Updates include: Ethan Hawke set as villain in "Moon Knight" at Disney+; Kantemir Balagov to helm HBO's "The Last of Us"; and Apple TV+ fills out cast of Kevin Durant's "Swagger."

[01/15/21 - 01:05 PM]
NBC Set Premiere Dates for Its Two Upcoming Comedies "Young Rock" and "Kenan"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Tuesday, February 16 in place of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," which will return in the spring.

[01/15/21 - 12:50 PM]
BET Announces Its Multiplatform Programming Strategy for Inauguration 2021
Live coverage is scheduled to begin Wednesday, January 20 at 11:00 am ET/10c on BET.

[01/15/21 - 12:12 PM]
Video: "A Closer Look with Brian McKnight" - Official Trailer - ALLBLK
The show's latest installment bows Thursday, January 21 on the streaming service.

[01/15/21 - 11:50 AM]
ABC News Announces Special Coverage of the Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19
At 8:00 p.m. EST ABC News presents a primetime program, "The Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. - An ABC News Special," that will provide reporting on and analysis of the historic moments from the day.

[01/15/21 - 11:38 AM]
Discovery Documents the Cutting-Edge Science Behind Creating a Vaccine to Conquer COVID-19
"The Vaccine: Conquering Covid" premiering Sunday, February 21 at 8 PM PT/ET on Discovery and streaming on discovery+.

[01/15/21 - 11:21 AM]
Netflix Partners with Renowned Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to Bring Three of His Bestselling Books to Life Onscreen
"Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You," and "Antiracist Baby" are the featured projects.

[01/15/21 - 11:01 AM]
"Selena: The Series" Captivates Fans Ahead of Anticipated Finale on May 14
25 million households around the world sang "Como la flor" along with part one in the first four weeks after it premiered in December.

[01/15/21 - 10:51 AM]
"Crikey! It's the Irwins" Returns with a New Season of Reopenings, Rescues, Newborn Wildlife and Exciting News About the Future Generation of the Irwin Family on Discovery+ Feb. 7
A sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Animal Planet directly out of "Puppy Bowl XVII" on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 5 PM ET/PT.

[01/15/21 - 10:00 AM]
"Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2021" Special Hosted by Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah to Be Broadcast Feb. 3 on CBS
Beginning today, viewers can watch and vote for their favorite Super Bowl commercial from the past 20 years at https://www.cbs.com/SBGC.

[01/15/21 - 09:29 AM]
HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" Returns February 14
The series has received a staggering 20 Emmys(R) since its premiere in 2014.

[01/15/21 - 09:29 AM]
Video: Official Trailer for Season One of "Flack" Available Now
All six episodes of the first season will premiere on Prime Video January 22 while season two will premiere at a later date in 2021.

[01/15/21 - 09:07 AM]
CBS All Access Announces Guest Stars for Season Four of "No Activity"
Louie Anderson, Kevin Bacon, Jillian Bell, D'Arcy Carden, Rob Delaney, Elle Fanning, Will Forte, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Udo Kier, Lamorne Morris, Oscar Nuñez, Hannah Simone, June Squibb and Samara Weaving are all on tap.