Upfront Report 2011: FOX

The Upfront Market continues.  Here's a look at the new shows announced by FOX for next season.  The one rejected pilot that surprised me was Locke and Key, based on the graphic novels by Joe Hill.  Its haunted house premise had a lot of potential for creative storytelling, so I'm disappointed that FOX passed on it.  Maybe another network will pick it up.  It's one of the many television projects with Steven Spielberg attached as a producer, so one would think the odds are on its side for survival.

Here are the shows that made it and will be airing in the fall:

Allen Gregory - FOX has some great primetime cartoons and here's another about a pretentious 7-year-old boy.  Voices are provided by Jonah Hill and French Stewart.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter - The description for this sitcom reads: "Two best friends are single moms struggling to raise their difficult and over-privileged teenage daughters."  The show stars Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran.

New Girl - Another sitcom follows an off-beat 20-something girl who moves in with three single guys after a bad break-up.  The cast includes the always amazing Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans, Jr.

Terra Nova - The long-awaited science fiction action drama, produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Renee Echevarria, and Brannon Braga about a family that travels back in time to prehistoric Earth to save the human race finally arrives to television screens.  Starring Jason O'Mara, who was excellent in the short-lived U.S. version of Life on Mars, the show will bring dinosaurs to life, and we know Spielberg's successful track record with that.

The X Factor - Does TV really need another reality show, especially another judged singing competition?  The hype surrounding this one, in which solo artists and vocal groups compete for a $5,000,000 recording contract, is enormous.  The high profile judges have something to do with it -- Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul reunited, joined by L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole, and hosts Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones.

Standing by as mid-season replacements, FOX has:

Alcatraz - If you miss Lost, this might be the show for you as Alcatraz prisoners from the past appear in the present day.  The stellar ensemble cast includes Sarah Jones, Jeffrey Pierce, Robert Forster, Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia, and others.  The drama is produced by Lost alumni J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff.

The Finder - An injured Iraq war veteran discovers he has new skills.  The drama stars Geoff Stults, Saffron Burrows, and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Napoleon Dynamite - Here's another cartoon, this one based on the cult classic movie of the same name.  FOX describes it as "the continuing adventures of America's most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends in rural Idaho."  The original cast from the film lend their voices, including Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, etc.

Touch - Keifer Sutherland stars as a widower and single dad who learns that his autistic son has an amazing gift to see patterns and connections between people and events.  It's produced by Tim Kring of Heroes fame.

Human Target has been cancelled but Fringe survives!  Let's see which one of the above shows will have staying power.

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