May 13, 2013

Jack Bauer, '24' returning to Fox

The network plans 11 new shows for 2013-14, including a miniseries from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

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Actor Kiefer Sutherland will return in a limited-edition "24" next year. The 12 episodes will be chronological but will skip some hours, Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment chairman, said Monday.

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These two guy-coms are the new lead-in for returning "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

Oh, and "New Girl" will get the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot next season.

On Wednesdays, "The X Factor" is back in the fall; creator Simon Cowell has survived, as has judge Demi Lovato and host Mario Lopez.

In January "American Idol" will be back. But who will survive is anyone's guess — Ryan Seacrest, and maybe one or two others.

On Thursdays, "The X Factor" results show is back, followed by "Glee." After "X" wraps its run, the "American Idol" results show takes over, followed by the new drama "Rake."

"Rake" stars Greg Kinnear as a brilliant, charming, chaotic, self-destructive criminal defense attorney — think "House" with courtrooms.

The latest addition to Gordon Ramsay's TV empire, "Junior Masterchef," will star Friday nights in the fall, followed by "Sleepy Hollow" repeats — that's to increase viewer sampling on that new drama.

Later in the season, two comedies will follow "Bones" on Fridays: the returning "Raising Hope," and the new "Enlisted." In the latter show, Geoff Stultz stars as a soldier returning home to reconnect with his two younger brothers on a small Florida Army base, where he's going to lead a group of misfits — because if he were leading a group of well-trained professionals, it would be a drama and star Kiefer Sutherland.

And the Sunday-night lineup in the fall will be: the tail end of a football game at 7 p.m., post-game at 7:30 and the return of Fox's animation lineup: "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and "American Dad."

Last but not least, Fox announced "Wayward Pines," which is based on the best-selling novel "Pines" from Blake Crouch. This thriller is about a Secret Service agent (played by Matt Dillon) who shows up in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to find two missing federal agents.

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Earlier in the day, Seth Meyers was a no-show at NBC's clambake at Radio City Music Hall.

The "SNL" longtimer will move to "Late Night" when Jimmy Fallon takes over the "Tonight Show," after NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

NBC decided that Meyers rated his own announcement Sunday, which it sent out awhile before sending out a second announcement, unveiling its other plans for next TV season.

Instead, after an hour or so of blah-blah-blah-ing, and trailers for a whopping 17 new series, it was left to poor Jay Leno to bring down the house full of ad execs and TV station suits.

Leno, who's being pushed — again — from the "Tonight Show," once again gamely sang a duet with Fallon, celebrating his own ouster. This time, it was a videotaped reworking of "Les Miserables' " "One Day More." Their version was called "Eight Months More" — as in, the number of months (sort of) between now and when Fallon takes over "Tonight."

Wild applause from the advertisers, who had given everything else they saw at the presentation varying degrees of polite applause. Michael J. Fox's new comedy, "The Michael J. Fox Show," and James Spader's new drama, "Blacklist" got maybe the highest levels of the polite applause.

Not coincidentally, "Blacklist" is getting NBC's best time slot, following "The Voice" on Monday. And the Peacock Network has scheduled "The Michael J. Fox Show" in the formerly great Thursday-at-9:30-p.m. half-hour, because NBC believes that's the show's best shot at making its Thursday a "Must See" again.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to Jay Leno," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told the packed hall. He opened the festivities by joking that he was stepping down in 2014 so that Leno could run NBC's programming development. Greenblatt had also gotten just polite applause from the ad execs. "I'm glad I made it to the podium before the applause died," he joked.

 

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