Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOX Sets Premiere Dates for 'Backstrom,' 'The Last Man on Earth,' 'Weird Loners,' 'The Following,' 'Glee' & More!

Tonight FOX has announced premiere dates for new reality series World's Funniest Fails (working title); new comedies The Last Man on Earth and Weird Loners; returning comedy Glee; new drama Backstrom; returning dramas The Following; and returning reality shows MasterChef Junior and Hell's Kitchen.

New unscripted comedy World's Funniest Falls (wt) premieres on Friday, January 16 at 8/7c. The irreverent one-hour series is based on the hit YouTube channel, FailArmy, which showcases the best "epic fail" viral videos in the most entertaining ways possible. Each week a panel of comedians will analyze the videos which have exploded across the internet, with the goal of awarding one with the ultimate "Fail of the Week."

Backstrom, the offbeat crime procedural starring Rainn Wilson (The Office), premieres Thursday, January 22 at 9/8c. following American Idol's time period premiere at 8/7c. Created by Hart Hanson (Bones), the drama follows Detective Everett Backstrom, an unhealthy, offensive, irascible - albeit brilliant - detective who sees the worst in everyone, and he's usually right.

End-of-the-world comedy The Last Man on Earth premieres with a special one-hour event of back-to-back episodes on Sunday, March 1 at 9/8c., and then moves into its regular time period the following week on Sunday, March 8 at 9:30/8:30c. Created by star Will Forte and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the single-camera comedy chronicles the life and adventures of an average guy - and humanity's last hope - who discovers what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do.

New ensemble comedy Weird Loners debuts Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30/8:30c. From writer Michael J. Weithorn and director Jake Kasdan, the un-romantic comedy follows four single mid-30-somethings (Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton, Nate Torrence, Meera Rohit Kumbhani), who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, NY, townhouse.

Glee takes it final bow with a sixth and final 13-episode season starting with a special two-hour premiere event on Friday, January 9 at 8/7c. New Directions' original star, Rachel Berry, comes home to Lima, after her humiliating failure as a TV actress, and discovers that Sue Sylvester has banished the arts at McKinley. Throughout its closing season, McKinley alum will return to say goodbye to the groundbreaking musical comedy. The series makes it time period premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9/8c. The special two-hour series finale will air on Friday, March 20 at 8/7c.

MasterChef Junior will have a quick turnaround with its third season of talented kids debuting on Tuesday, January 6 at 8/7c. leading into all new episodes of New Girl and The Mindy Project.

On Monday, March 2, hit drama The Following returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere event at 8/7c. and moves to its regular time period the following week on Monday, March 9 at 9/8c.

The first week of March also sees Chef Gordon Ramsay debuting a new season of Hell's Kitchen on Tuesday, March 3 at 8/7c. Bones will return with all new episodes starting Thursday, March 26 at 8/7c. and will lead into Backstrom at 9/8c.