When I was a teenager, FOX was known as the edgy network
that was home to ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Married With Children.’
Later, it took the world by storm with a little show called ‘The
In recent years, the best thing you can say about FOX is
that it’s struggling.
I mean, really, all FOX is known for these days is bad
reality shows and a hilarious Sunday cartoon lineup.
When I looked over FOX’s new programming list I couldn’t
help but be underwhelmed. I was interested in exactly one of them.
The Mindy Project – This sitcom, created by Howard Klein and
Mindy Kaling, follows the life of a single physician as she tries to navigate
her way through her personal and professional life.
Why it will work: I can’t think of one reason it would.
Why it will fail:
When you can’t even think of a name for
your show, you know you’re in trouble. The sounds generic and boring. Why would
anyone tune in?
‘The Mindy Project’ debuts Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Ben and Kate – This is a sitcom about a brother and sister
that are polar opposites (is there any other kind in sitcom land?). Ben is a
dreamer and Kate is a young mother and realist struggling financially. Ben
decides to move in with his sister and help her – while Kate decides at the
same time to help her brother return to reality.
Why it will work: There aren’t any names attached with this
and it’s so generic ‘The Mindy Project’ is laughing at it. I can’t see how this
one is going to work either.
Why it’s going to fail: It was set up to fail. There is
nothing new about this sitcom.
‘Ben and Kate’ debuts at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
The Following – This is a midseason show – so we don’t have
a premiere date yet. Still, this is the only show on Fox’s slate that I’m even
remotely interested in. Created by Kevin Williamson of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘Scream’
fame, the show follows an FBI agent that finds himself in the middle of a
network of serial killers when a serial killer uses diabolical technology to
create them. It stars Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Maggie Grace, Shawn Ashmore
and Natalie Zea.
Why it will work: The world is fascinated with serial
killers – and this has an outstanding cast to go along with the creepy factor.
Why it will fail: I don’t actually see this one failing. The
only thing I worry about is that Fox will pull one of their uber-lame scheduling
snafus and pair it with Glee or something.
The Mob Doctor – The series follows a brilliant surgeon that
must deal with protecting her career and reputation due to a family debt to the
mob – even if it puts her friends, family and colleagues in danger. It stars
Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, Zeljko Ivanek and Jesse Lee Soffer.
Why it will work: It sounds cheesy – but it has an interesting
cast. Forsythe, Ivanek and Soffer are good in whatever they do. I’m hopeful
they didn’t pick a total dud.
Why it will fail: Do we really need another medical show?
This seems like one of those shows that is going to take awhile to find its
footing. Fox isn’t known for being patient.
‘The Mob Doctor’ debuts at 9 p.m. Sept. 17.
What do you think? Are you interested in Fox’s new offerings