It's no surprise that Fox is counting on "The X Factor" to bring in big audiences when it debuts later this year.
"Our goal is to achieve the same incredible level of success and fandom and spectacle the 'X Factor' gets in the U.K," said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly during the conference call announcing the network's line-up for next season.
"By the way," he went on, "'The X Factor' in the U.K. was a 45 share and its finale did a 55 share and we will settle for nothing less. I'm getting some laughs on this end with that."
While it may be pie in the sky to anticipate having more than half the people watching television being tuned in to "X Factor," Fox clearly has big expectations for the new singing competition. So much so that chairman of entertainment for Fox Networks Group, Peter Rice, said he's not worried about being viewed as a clone to the so-far very successful NBC singing competition "The Voice."
“We feel like that we have the gold standard in both 'Idol' and 'X Factor,'” Rice said. "'Idol' has been the No. 1 show for many seasons now and it's been rejuvenated this year. There’s an excitement and a buzz around ['X Factor'] that we’ve never seen before. We had more people show up for the audition than we ever had show up for ' Idol.'”
The executives also answered questions about "Idol," whose numbers are up this year. They are in talks, they said, to bring back judge Jennifer Lopez for next season. Unlike fellows judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, who have multi-year contracts, Lopez was only signed on for a year.
Fox entertainment president Reilly said Fox will continue to build on the success of their Tuesday comedy block, which currently features "Glee" and "Raising Hope," with new half-hour comedies "New Girl" starring Zooey Deschanel and "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" created by Liz Meriwether.
There will also be two new animated shows: "Allen Gregory," about a pretentious 7-year-old and voiced by "Get Him to the Greek" star Jonah Hill, and "Napoleon Dynamite," which is based on the hit film. The latter will appear as a midseason show and the movie's original cast will all voice their roles.
There will also be four new dramas: the eagerly awaited prehistoric/futuristic "Terra Nova" from executive producer Steven Spielberg; "Bones" spinoff "The Finder;" a new JJ Abrams series "Alcatraz;" and "Touch," starring "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland.
Long-running series "America's Most Wanted" will move to quarterly specials instead of a series.
The following is the Fox fall primetime line-up (new shows in bold):
8:00 p.m. - Terra Nova
9:00 p.m. - House
8:00 p.m. - Glee
9:00 p.m. - New Girl
9:30 p.m. - Raising Hope
8:00 p.m. - The X Factor (performance show)
9:30 p.m. - I Hate My Teenage Daughter
8:00 p.m. - The X Factor (results show)
9:00 p.m. - Bones
8:00 p.m. - Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 p.m. - Fringe
8:00 p.m. - Cops
8:30 p.m. - Cops
9:00 p.m. - Encores/America's Most Wanted (specials)
7:00 p.m. - The OT (NFL post-game)
7:30 p.m. - The Cleveland Show
8:00 p.m. - The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. - Allen Gregory
9:00 p.m. - Family Guy
9:30 p.m. - American Dad
Fox's midseason 2012 primetime line-up (new shows in bold):
8:00 p.m. - House
9:00 p.m. - Alcatraz
8:00 p.m. - American Idol (performance show)
8:00 p.m. - American Idol (results show)
9:00 p.m. - The Finder/Bones (spring)
7:00 p.m. - Animation Domination (encores)
8:30 p.m. - Napoleon Dynamite
9:30 p.m. - Bob's Burgers
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Fox sucks and doesn't have a single good show on anymore. Bring back Married with Children and MadTV, Familty Guy is OK, Yeah FOX had good shows on 20 years ago, American Idol and Glee suck
I'm disappointed that an engaging show such as "Lie To Me" is not returning to the Fox lineup. The more dumbed-down a show gets, the more likely it is to be watched by the American viewer....
Family guy is the only thing i watch on fox anyway unless the 49ers playing on fox
I ate spaghetti at olive garden and feel fat.unliminated!
FOX should bring back Married With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show. Also 21 Jump Street. They had good stuff on 20 years ago.
"But my lips hurt real bad!"
Napoleon on a Fox cartoon will probably suck, but it could work...
"Heck yes I'd vote for you, you're like the only guy in school with a mustache."
Hmm, I'll have to tune in. Love the pic posted– I can tell who everyone is from the movie.
Add fox to the endangered list
Napoleon Dynamite cartoon? If you say so fox.
Hey moron. You've been posting this POS vid all over the place. Time to get a new hobby numbnutz.
oh wait i dont watch the news!!i just go on dis site.
FOX sucks!!!So does there news!!i prefer CNN!!
Shouldnt at least 1/2 of these new shows be in the "'Brothers and Sisters' among many newly-canceled series" article??
""We had more people show up for the audition than we ever had show up for ' Idol.'”""
I wonder if that has anything to do with the more chances for others....like the groups & over 25s (however the states is doing it) =/
Its not rocket science to figure out why more have shown up for the X Factor.
These shows sound fudgetastic ! I bet the homers are going to be excited ! A show about bones plus GLEE ! Them homers like them bones !
I likes me them girls wearing magic invisible undergatments. And magic bikinis too ! Good idea Mormon our friend ! : )
Me too Mormon. I hope they are wearing magic bikinis.
I wonder if the teenage daughter show will have chicks in bikinis?
I like Kitchen Nighmares. Can't wait for Hell's Kitchen to come back, too !
Me too! Gordon Ramsey entertains me :)
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