Kevin Barnett’s Cause of Death Revealed (Report)

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Comedian Kevin Barnett died from non traumatic hemorrhage cause by pancreatitis, according to a cause of death statement sent to E! News.

The body of the 32-year-old Barnett — a stand-up comic, TV writer and the co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” — was received early Tuesday morning from Tijuana, Mexico’s main drag, Avenida Revolución, the chief of the forensic medical service told E!

“The corresponding autopsy was carried out, which determined that the cause of death was: Non Traumatic Hemorrhage, caused by pancreatitis,” a statement to E! News reads. “At the moment his body is still in facilities of the Forensic Medical Service of Tijuana, waiting to be delivered to his family members who are performing the legal proceedings.”

TheWrap reached out to the U.S. Department of State for comment on this story, but did not immediately hear back.

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“It is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentlemen” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

Barnett was previously a series regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code,” a writer for Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” Fox’s “Unhitched,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the animated comedy “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” (Fox/FX).

Comedy Central wrote on its Twitter account: “Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed.”

“Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at ‘Rel,’ at the news of Kevin Barnett’s passing. He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time,” Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company said in a statement to TheWrap.

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Lil Rel Howery Thanks Late ‘Rel’ Co-Creator Kevin Barnett for Helping Make ‘My Dreams Come True’ (Photo)

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“Rel” star Lil Rel Howery took to Instagram on Wednesday to pay tribute to the Fox sitcom’s co-creator Kevin Barnett, after news of his death in Mexico at the age of 32 broke yesterday.

“This is my favorite pic of me and @fatboybarnett but in all honesty this dude was brilliant and was a very hard worker…,” Howery captioned a shot of himself and Barnett. “I’m thankful for him and [fellow ‘Rel’ co-creator] Josh [Rabinowitz] always putting in the extra hours to make sure every script was on point.”

“Kevin was somebody I would always give s— to because it was fun and funny plus he had the same crazy sense of humor,” he continued. “Over the years we would have some hysterical dope convos and exchange crazy stories… I can’t stop crying on this plane it’s really starting to hit me that he is actually gone… At 32 he accomplished so much in this business and was respected by many… Rest In Peace my brother and my friend… Thank you for the last 6 years of helping make my dreams come true man… #FOTP4Life.”

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News of Barnett’s death broke Tuesday, though his cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for the comedian did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment yesterday.

“It is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentlemen” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

Barnett was previously a series regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code,” a writer for Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” Fox’s “Unhitched,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the animated comedy “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” (Fox/FX).

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Comedy Central wrote on its Twitter account: “Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed.”

“Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at REL, at the news of Kevin Barnett’s passing. He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time,” Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company said in a statement to TheWrap.

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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

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Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Barnett also co-wrote the Adam Sandler-Netflix film “The Do-Over,” and the 2011 film, “Hall Pass.” He was previously a series regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code,” a writer for Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” Fox’s “Unhitched,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the animated comedy “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” (Fox/FX).

Comedy Central wrote on its Twitter account: “Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/4uyoMNkGk0

— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) January 22, 2019

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6 New Broadcast TV Shows That Could Be Canceled Soon

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Twenty new TV shows have debuted across the five English-language broadcast networks thus far this season — to very varying degrees of success. Not all of them can be insta-hits: For every “Manifest” there is an “I Feel Bad,” unfortunately.

TheWrap has identified six freshmen series that are already in danger of being canceled — before or after their initial runs even end. Sorry ABC, you’re the twofer.

See what’s already on the bad side of the bubble (you know, if bubbles weren’t perfect spheres) below.

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Series: “All American”
Net: The CW
Order: 13 episodes + 5 scripts
18-49 rating: 0.2
Viewers: 647,000

NFL alum Spencer Paysinger has a cool life story and the critics dig his biographical show — but viewers aren’t exactly blitzing their televisions to tune in. A “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes got the CW football series a backorder of five scripts. But scripts aren’t episodes. This one could be a late-season pick up, or it could get cut.

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Series: “Happy Together”
Net: CBS
Order: 13 episodes
18-49 rating: 1.0
Viewers: 5.5 million

More like “sad together” — are we right? Damon Wayans Jr. is always one of the hottest free agents of pilot season, but that doesn’t mean the projects he picks are always winners. We’ll soon see how much an upcoming guest turn from his real-life dad can help things out here. (Probably not much, to be honest.)

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Series: “Rel”
Net: Fox
Order: 13
18-49 rating: 1.1*
Viewers: 2.8 million*
*Boosted by post-NFL double-header preview

Don’t be fooled by the 1.1 demo rating, which would be fine for a Fox sitcom on Sunday nights. That number is skewed by the network having previewed Lil’ Rel Howery’s comedy immediately after an NFL doubleheader. Who would have thought that a sitcom starring Sinbad in 2018 wouldn’t resonate with viewers?

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Series: “I Feel Bad”
Net: NBC
Order: 13
18-49 rating: 0.9
Viewers: 3.7 million

You should “feel bad” with these ratings, NBC. To be fair to the network, it kind of has to pick up anything Amy Poehler is pushing, right? “I Feel Bad” has the worst reviews of the scripted series on the list, with a 23 percent critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Series: “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors”
Net: ABC
Order: 10 episodes
18-49 rating: 0.8
Viewers: 5.4 million

“Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” is no “Dancing With the Stars.” While this one does OK in viewers, the latest “DWTS” spinoff is not living up to the pedigree of the show that birthed it. Assume this one will be one and done like the “Athletes” edition.

Series: “The Alec Baldwin Show”
Net: ABC
Order: 9 episodes
18-49 rating: 0.3
Viewers: 2 million

If coffee is for closers only, Alec Baldwin will need to get his caffeine fix elsewhere. “The Alec Baldwin Show” is a disaster. This one is surely getting fired by ABC, and it will be a mission of mercy.

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NBC and CBS split Fall TV premiere week in Nielsen TV ratings and among total viewers, so it should come as no surprise that the broadcast networks combined currently boast the Top 7 most-watched new series debuts of the season.

(OK, so it’s Top 6 if you don’t count CBS’ “Murphy Brown” revival as a *new* show.)

NBC’s “Lost”-like vehicle “Manifest” leads the way with an average of 10.4 million overall viewers. CBS’ “God Friended Me” initially topped that total, though the NFL football-boosted drama adjusted down in final numbers. It was still (just barely) enough to best Dick Wolf’s “F.B.I.” and round out the Top 3.

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Find the full rankings below, in ascending order.

Rank: 13
Show: “Rel”
Net: Fox
Total Viewers: 2 million

Rank: 12
Show: “I Feel Bad”
Net: NBC
Total Viewers: 2.6 million

Rank: 11
Show: “Single Parents”
Net: ABC
Total Viewers: 4.9 million

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Rank: 10
Show: “A Million Little Things”
Net: ABC
Total Viewers: 5.1 million

Rank: 9
Show: “Happy Together”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 5.9 million

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Rank: 8
Show: “Cool Kids”
Net: Fox
Total Viewers: 6.9 million

Rank: 7
Show: “Murphy Brown”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 7.5 million

Rank: 6
Show: “The Neighborhood”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 8.07 million

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Rank: 5
Show: “Magnum P.I.”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 8.1 million

Rank: 4
Show: “New Amsterdam”
Net: NBC
Total Viewers: 8.4 million

Rank: 3
Show: “F.B.I.”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 10.08 million

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Rank: 2
Show: “God Friended Me”
Net: CBS
Total Viewers: 10.14 million

Rank: 1
Show: “Manifest”
Net: NBC
Total Viewers: 10.4 million

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Fall TV 2018: The Complete List of Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows

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Fall is upon us and that means both back to school and back to our regularly scheduled programming. While the warmer months brought some fun competition and reality shows, and all those limited series you love on premium cable and streaming services, we know you’ve been craving the return of your favorite broadcast shows since they signed off last spring.

Fortunately, most comedies and dramas on ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS and The CW start airing their new seasons next week. And to make sure you don’t miss fresh episodes of your most beloved shows — and the start of many new series — TheWrap has compiled a full list of premiere dates.

I you are looking for just returning series click here and if you are only into new shows click here.

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See the full list of broadcast premiere dates below.

Sunday, Sept. 23
8 p.m. “9-1-1 “(Fox, early premiere)

Monday, Sept. 24
8 p.m. “The Voice” (NBC)
8 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
8 p.m. “The Resident” (Fox)
8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” season 27 (ABC)
8:30 p.m. “Young Sheldon” (CBS)
9 p.m. “Magnum P.I.” (CBS, series premiere)
9 p.m. “9-1-1” (Fox, time period premiere)
10 p.m. “Manifest” (NBC, series premiere)
10 p.m. “Bull” (CBS)
10:01 p.m. “The Good Doctor” (ABC)

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8 p.m. “The Voice” (NBC)
8 p.m. “NCIS” (CBS)
8 p.m. “The Gifted” (Fox)
9 p.m. “This Is Us” (NBC)
9 p.m. “FBI” (CBS, series premiere)
9 p.m. “Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
10 p.m. “New Amsterdam” (NBC, series premiere)
10 p.m. “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)

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Wednesday, Sept. 26
8 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (ABC)
8 p.m. “Chicago Med” (NBC)
8 p.m. “Empire” (Fox)
8 p.m. “Survivor” (CBS, 90-minute premiere)
8:30 p.m. “American Housewife” (ABC)
9 p.m. “Modern Family” (ABC)
9:31 p.m. “Single Parents” (ABC series premiere)
9:30 p.m. “Big Brother” (90-minute finale)
9 p.m. “Chicago Fire” (NBC)
9 p.m. “Star” (Fox)
10 p.m. “Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
10 p.m. “A Million Little Things” (ABC series premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27
8 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, time period premiere)
8 p.m. “The Good Place” (NBC)
8 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, two-hour premiere)
8:30 p.m. “Young Sheldon” (CBS, time period premiere)
9 p.m. “Mom” (CBS)
9:30 p.m. “Murphy Brown” (CBS)
9 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
10 p.m. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
10 p.m. “S.W.A.T.” (CBS)

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Friday, Sept. 28
8 p.m. “Last Man Standing” (Fox, network premiere)
8:30 p.m. “The Cool Kids” (Fox, series premiere)
8 p.m. “MacGyver” (CBS)
9 p.m. “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS)
10 p.m. “Blue Bloods” (CBS)

Sunday, Sept. 30
7 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
8 p.m. “The Simpsons” (Fox)
8:30 p.m. “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)
8:30 p.m. “God Friended Me” (CBS, series premiere)
9 p.m. “Family Guy” (Fox)
9:30 p.m. “Rel” (Fox, time period premiere)
9:30 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Monday, Oct. 1
8 p.m. “The Neighborhood” (CBS, series premiere)
8:30 p.m. “Happy Together” (CBS, series premiere)

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Wednesday, Oct. 3
9 p.m. “Seal Team” (CBS)
10 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

Thursday, Oct. 4
8 p.m. “Superstore” (NBC)
8:30 p.m. “The Good Place” (NBC, time period premiere)
9 p.m. “Will & Grace” (NBC)

9 p.m. “Station 19” (ABC)
9:30 p.m. “I Feel Bad” (NBC, series premiere)
10 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC, time period premiere)

Friday, Oct. 5
8 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
8:30 p.m. “Speechless” (ABC)
9 p.m. “Child Support” (ABC)

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Sunday, Oct. 7
8 p.m. “God Friended Me” (CBS, time period premiere)
8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” (ABC, two-hour series premiere)
9 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, time period premiere)
10 p.m. “Madam Secretary” (CBS)
10 p.m. “Shark Tank” (ABC)

Tuesday, Oct. 9
8 p.m. “The Flash” (The CW)
9 p.m. “Black Lightning” (The CW)

Wednesday, Oct. 10
8 p.m. “Riverdale” (The CW)
9 p.m. “All American” (The CW)

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Thursday, Oct. 11
8 p.m. “Supernatural” (The CW)

Friday, Oct. 12
8 p.m. “Dynasty” (The CW)
8 p.m. “Blindspot” (NBC)
9 p.m. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW)

Sunday, Oct. 14
8 p.m. “Supergirl” (The CW)
9 p.m. “Charmed” (The CW, series premiere)
10 p.m. “The Alec Baldwin Show” (ABC, series premiere)

Monday, Oct. 15
8 p.m. “Arrow” (The CW)

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Tuesday, Oct. 16
8 p.m. “The Conners” (ABC, series premiere)
8:30 p.m. “The Kids Are Alright” (ABC, series premiere)
9 p.m. “black-ish” (ABC)
9:30 p.m. “Splitting Up Together” (ABC)
10 p.m. “The Rookie” (ABC, series premiere)

Monday, Oct. 22
9 p.m. “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW)

Thursday, Oct. 25
9 p.m. “Legacies” (The CW)

Friday, Oct. 26
9 p.m. “Midnight, Texas” (NBC)

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Ratings: ‘Miss America’ Nosedive to All-Time Low – Yes, Counting the Years on Basic Cable

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There they go, “Miss America” viewers. The “Miss America 2019” competition just plummeted 36 percent in TV ratings versus last year’s record low performance on ABC. Yes, that one went up against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season as well.

In 2017 (which is confusingly the 2018 pageant), ABC’s “Miss America” pageant averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share and had 5.4 million total viewers. This year’s revamped format — which omitted the popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds — struggled to a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers, which means it was down 36 percent in the key demo and off 19 percent among overall audience members.

Among adults 18-49, which captures the ages most important to media buyers, Sunday’s telecast came in even lower than the few years “Miss America” ran on the TLC and CMT cable channels about a decade ago. That’s rough. In terms of total viewers, last night’s special still outperformed most of the basic cable years.

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Nia Franklin of New York City was crowned Miss America on Sunday in the first pageant in the organization’s 98-year history without a swimsuit or evening gown contest.

The post-#MeToo tweaks to the contest weren’t the only signs of change as politics reared their head throughout the competition. Miss Michigan Emily Sioma eschewed the usual boastful or rah-rah self-introduction to deliver this pointed diss at her home state in the live broadcast Sunday night: “From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”

During pre-broadcast competition on Friday, another contestant made a pointed remark about President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces,” Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins told the judges. “Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

Back to ratings: NBC dominated primetime with its “Sunday Night Football.” Due to the nature of live sports, the Nielsen numbers for Sunday’s NFL games are subject to significant adjustment. Primetime-wise, that’s pretty much limited to NBC and a Fox telecast that overran into the all-important day part.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 5.4 rating/21 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those gaudy-looking numbers are the combination of the channel’s 80-minute pregame studio show and as much of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game that would make the cutoff.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.4/9 and in viewers with 7.1 million. After its NFL overrun and postgame coverage, new sitcom “Rel” posted a 1.7/7 and 5.1 million viewers at 8 o’clock. Reruns followed.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 4.7 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” landed a 0.9/4 and 7.1 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 put up a 1.5/6 and 5.7 million viewers. Repeats followed.

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ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.2 million. Reruns led into “Miss America,” which closed out primetime.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 714,000.

The CW does not yet nationally program Sunday nights. Soon.

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How Lil Rel Howery & Jerrod Carmichael Push Comedy Boundaries On Fox’s ‘Rel’ – TCA

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The Carmichael Show pushed boundaries until its ultimate cancellation…

‘Rel’ EP Jerrod Carmichael Says Multi-Cam Comedies Are ‘F—ing Terrible’

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Former “Carmichael Show” star and current “Rel” executive producer Jerrod Carmichael really went to town on the current state of multi-camera comedies — just not the ones he has been involved with, presumably.

“There’s a stigma attached to multi-cam, right?” Carmichael began Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “And I just think it’s because what it’s become, which is f—ing gross. It’s really f—ing terrible. Like really bad.”

“The ones that don’t respect you as an adult or a person, you know, with eyes and ears and a sense of humor,” he continued. “We pretend it’s good and it’s fun, but it’s really cheesy and bad and they juice the laughs.”

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That doesn’t mean Carmichael is giving up on the traditional three- or four-camera sitcom setup, however — clearly. “Rel” is set up and shot that way in front of a studio audience, as was the stand-up comedian’s “Carmichael Show,” which was canceled last year by NBC after a three-season run.

“The format is ripe for a really good conversation with really interesting characters,” Carmichael told reporters and TV critics.

“We’re just gonna try and not f—ing suck,” Carmichael said of his own upcoming effort, which debuts this fall on Fox.

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Fox’s Fall Schedule: ‘9-1-1’ Lands Two-Night Premiere, ‘Last Man Standing’ Starts September 28

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Fox has unveiled the fall premiere dates for its 2018-2019 schedule, including a two-night event for hit drama “9-1-1,” as well as the network’s kickoff date for Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

A special preview of Lil Rel Howery’s new comedy “Rel” will air on Sunday, September 9, right after an “NFL on Fox” doubleheader. The sitcom’s second episode will have to wait until September 30.

On September 23, the sophomore season of “9-1-1’” begins. Episode 202 airs the following evening in the drama’s regular time slot at 9 p.m., which is just after the Season 2 premiere of medical drama “The Resident.”

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“The Gifted” and new-look “Lethal Weapon” will premiere on Tuesday, September 25. “Empire” and “Star” will return on Wednesday, September 26.

“Thursday Night Football” will debut on September 27. The next night, Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” returns at 8 p.m. The former ABC show will be followed by new comedy “The Cool Kids” and the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which will feature veteran contestants against rookies.

On Sunday, September 30, “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Family Guy” return.

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See the full schedule below.

Sunday, Sept. 9, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader

8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT               REL (Special Preview)

Sunday, Sept. 23, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader

8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT               9-1-1 (Special Season Two Premiere, Part 1)

Monday, Sept. 24

8:00-9:00 PM                          THE RESIDENT (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        9-1-1 (Special Season Two Premiere, Part 2)

Tuesday, Sept. 25

8:00-9:00 PM                          THE GIFTED (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        LETHAL WEAPON (Season Three Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 26

8:00-9:00 PM                          EMPIRE (Season Five Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        STAR (Season Three Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27

7:30 PM-CC ET live/              THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (FOX Sports Premiere)

4:30 PM-CC PT live

Friday, Sept. 28

8:00-8:30 PM                          LAST MAN STANDING (Network Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                          THE COOL KIDS (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                        HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 18 Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 30

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (Season 30 Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS (Season Nine Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY (Season 16 Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        REL (Time Period Premiere)

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‘The Simpsons’ Executive Producer Mike Scully Signs New Overall Deal With Fox

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Mike Scully just announced he will be “dying on the Fox lot.” “The Simpsons” executive producer and former showrunner just signed a new multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

“We are happy to announce that we have signed the hilarious Mike Scully to a new overall deal,” the studio said in a statement Friday. “Mike is currently serving as showrunner of ‘Rel’ and is also developing an animated comedy series with Amy Poehler and his wife Julie Scully entitled ‘Duncanville’ for Fox.”

“I can’t think of a time in my tenure at this studio that we haven’t been in business with Mike Scully, and this deal is about making sure there never is one,” 20th Century Fox TV president of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis said. “He’s such a talented comedy producer who can do just about anything, from live action to animation, single to multicam. He’s also about the nicest, most collaborative and creative guy you will ever have the pleasure to work with. We’re excited to have him leading ‘Rel’ for us this fall and the animated project he’s developing with Amy Poehler is really something special.”

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“Thanks to [chairmen and CEOs] Dana [Walden], Gary [Newman], Jonnie and [president business operations] Howard [Kurtzman] and everyone at 20th for helping me realize my dream of dying on the Fox lot with my ashes to be scattered at Moe’s Cafe,” Scully said. “Seriously, I love working at 20th so much, I may push Disney and Comcast aside and put in my own hostile offer for the place.”

Here is the official logline for Scully’s upcoming comedy, “Rel,” which Fox ordered to series last month:

Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect and a new barber. Inspired by Lil Rel Howrey’s real life.

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The cast includes Howrey, Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones.

Howrey will also write and executive produce with Kevin Barnett & Josh Rabinowitz. Jerrod Carmichael also executive produces. Scully is showrunner, and Gerry Cohen is director. The multi-camera sitcom is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Among Scully’s other TV producing credits are series like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Carmichael Show.”

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Scully joins a list showrunners who have recently inked new deals with the studio — or reupped their old ones — including Lee Daniels, Vali Chandrasekaran, Abraham Higginbotham, Sanaa Hamri, Tim Minear, Kurt Sutter, Rich Appel and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel.

He is repped by UTA.

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Fall TV: 7 Intriguing New Matchups, Like ‘Magnum PI’ vs ‘9-1-1’ (Photos)

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It’s not even summer yet and we’re already looking forward to fall. After all, that’s when the best TV shows come back on (and the oppressive heat subsides).

Much like you fans, we at TheWrap are dying to find out what happens next with our favorite small-screen characters. But we’ve also got an eye on another angle: What are the most intriguing new matchups?

Now that we knows the days and time slots for all new and returning broadcast primetime series, we’ve pinpointed seven battles worth watching.

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The CW (The CW) vs. Everybody (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC)
Guess who’s coming to Sundays? For the first time in nine years, The CW is bringing back nationally programmed Sunday nights next season, when it will air “Supergirl” at 8 p.m. and the “Charmed” reboot at 9.

Welcome! For starters, you’ve got TV’s top show, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” to contend with. On Fox, it’ll be animation and freshman show “Rel”; on CBS, “God Friended Me” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”; and on ABC, “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” and “Shark Tank.”

So good luck with all of that.

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“Magnum P.I.” (CBS) vs. “9-1-1” (Fox)
No mustache (OK, so there’s a goatee) — but does this comma-less remake of the ’80s “Magnum, P.I.” have teeth? It had better to go up against Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1,” which is already established in the 9 o’clock time slot on Mondays.

The Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and now Jennifer Love Hewitt-led Fox drama averaged a big 3.0 rating in the core 18-49 demographic when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing. The freshman first-responder series was Fox’s highest-rated entertainment show of the season, beating even “Empire.”

In other words, better keep that Ferrari perfectly waxed and buffed, Magnum.

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“Manifest” (NBC) vs. “Bull” (CBS) vs. “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Apparently, no one told these guys that three is a crowd.

Let’s start with the returning shows: “The Good Doctor” was this season’s top new drama, averaging a huge 15.6 million total viewers per episode. “Bull” was literally the next most-watched series on broadcast, hauling in 14.3 million viewers of its own. Though it stands to reason that the ABC medical show’s Nielsen numbers will decline in Year 2, “Bull” will be moving away from the huge lead-in “NCIS” currently provides — so say farewell to some built-in eyeballs.

So where does “Manifest” fit in here? Well, we’ll have to wait and find out. If done right, the Robert Zemeckis missing-airplane drama could add some turbulence to an already competitive hour.

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“F.B.I.” (CBS) vs. “This Is Us” (NBC)
Welcome to the lion’s den, “F.B.I.”

Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, “This Is Us” is a powerhouse — and freshman “F.B.I.” is moving into Milo Ventimiglia’s dorm. Remember how we wished “Bull” lots of luck without “NCIS”? Well, “F.B.I.” is the one getting the CBS springboard — but it had better be a damn good show to have a prayer against the Pearsons.

Here’s the case one could make for “F.B.I.” beyond just its lead-in: Dick Wolf knows how to make a procedural. Unfortunately for the big fan of the Windy City, Dan Fogelman knows how to make you cry. Tears beat Miranda Rights every time.

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“Murphy Brown” (CBS) vs. “Thursday Night Football” (Fox)
“Roseanne” has changed everything — but we don’t think that means Fox Sports should be shaking in its cleats. Football is still going to win this battle, but Fox’s fancy new primetime pro pigskin should see a pretty formidable opponent in “Murphy Brown” — especially over the revival’s first few weeks.

Still, any given Thursday, are we right?

To look at it another way, for $3.3 billion, Fox had better win every damn Thursday that 106 men put on pads.

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“Last Man Standing” (Fox) vs. “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
This one isn’t so much about “Fresh Off the Boat” as it is about Tim Allen vs. ABC.

The comedian and Michigan Tourism spokesman really let ABC have it for canceling his reliable Friday sitcom a year ago. Now revived by Fox, you’d better believe that the “Home Improvement” alum wants to dominate the Disney-owned broadcast network in his time period. He will, let’s just home the comeback is funnier than Allen’s set at the Fox upfront.

Pure victory. (CUT TO: Shot of Lake Michigan)

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“Roseanne” (ABC) vs. “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
At the CBS upfront, entertainment President Kelly Kahl talked about how “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer comes complete with a built-in audience — he’d better.

“Roseanne” will win running away Tuesdays at 8 o’clock, though CBS comedies not named “9JKL” and “Living Biblically” still tend to draw solid viewership. As awkward as the post-pilot “Neighborhood” recasting in favor of Max Greenfield may be, it’s a very good decision and a role he’ll kill in.

That said, “The Neighborhood” is now on its third title, and that’s never a good sign. Hey, you probably could’ve hung with “Splitting Up Together”!

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“Rel”
We can’t wait to see “Get Out” breakout star Lil Rel Howrey in this new sitcom inspired by his real life. If his performance is anything like the comedic relief he brought to the Jordan Peele thriller, we’re on…

Fox released teasers for 5 new shows, so let’s just have another Trailer Happy Hour

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There’s an old saying we like to toss around here at The A.V. Club, and it feels particularly appropriate today: “It’s always Trailer Happy Hour somewhere.” Yes, we already posted a Trailer Happy Hour today, with clips from Nightflyers and Deadly Class…

Fox’s Fall Schedule: ‘Last Man Standing’ Is Still a Friday Show, ‘9-1-1’ Shifts to Monday

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Fox is ready for the fall. On Monday, the network announced its 2018-19 programming schedule, with the former ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” to anchor a brand-new Friday night comedy block and Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1” shifted to a new night.

Fox is adding new comedies Lil Rel’s “Rel” and Charlie Day-led “The Cool Kids” to its fall lineup, with former following “Family Guy” on Sundays and latter getting that “Last Man Standing” lead-in on Fridays (the night the revival owned while still on ABC).

The Murphy-produced “9-1-1,” will return this fall, moving from its freshman season’s Tuesday night home to Mondays at 9 p.m. ET, with a lead-in of “The Resident.”

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Newly-ordered dramas “The Passage” and Danny Strong’s “Proven Innocent,” and the fifth and final season of “Gotham” are set for midseason premieres; a live musical production of “Rent” will air on Jan. 27, 2019, and a “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” will debut next spring.

The network is also ready for its new night of “Thursday Night Football,” whose pregame show will be FOX Sports’ first New York City-based live NFL studio show.

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“This year, we launched four of the Top 10 new shows on broadcast, which led to a very strong roster of young series returning for their sophomore seasons. That gives us tremendous momentum heading into the fall,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “With our increased investment in football, we’re going to use the powerful platform of the NFL to launch our new comedies. We’ll then take some big swings with dramas at midseason, which is a proven strategy for FOX.”

Fox’s fall schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.

MONDAY
8-9 P.M. — “The Resident”
9-10 P.M. — “9-1-1”

TUESDAY
8-9 P.M. — “The Gifted”
9-10 P.M. — “Lethal Weapon”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 P.M. — “Empire”
9-10 P.M. — “Star”

THURSDAY
7:30-8 P.M. ET/4:30-5 P.M PT– “Thursday Night Football” pregame show
8 P.M. — NFL Football

FRIDAY
8-8:30 P.M.  — “LAST MAN STANDING”
8:30-9 P.M. — “THE COOL KIDS”
9-10 P.M. — “Hell’s Kitchen”

SATURDAY
7-10:30 P.M. — “Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football”

SUNDAY
7-7:30 P.M. — NFL on Fox
7:30-8 P.M. “The OT” / Fox Encores
8-8:30 P.M. — “The Simpsons”
8:30-9 P.M. — “Bob’s Burgers”
9-9:30 P.M. — “Family Guy”
9:30-10 P.M. — “REL”

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And here are all the official descriptions for Fox’s new series, with each in the network’s own words:

NEW DRAMA SERIES

“THE PASSAGE”
Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl, AMY BELLAFONTE (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent BRAD WOLGAST (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is the man who is tasked with bringing her to Project Noah. Ultimately, however, Wolgast becomes her surrogate father, as he tries to protect her at any cost. Brad and Amy’s journey will force them to confront Project Noah’s lead scientist, MAJOR NICHOLE SYKES (Caroline Chikezie, “The Shannara Chronicles”), and the hardened ex-CIA operative in charge of operations, CLARK RICHARDS (Vincent Piazza, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”), whom Brad trained. It likewise brings them face-to-face with a dangerous new race of beings confined within the walls of Project Noah, including former scientist TIM FANNING (Jamie McShane, “Bosch,” “Bloodline,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and death-row inmate SHAUNA BABCOCK (Brianne Howey, “The Exorcist”). In seeking out any allies he can find, Brad also turns to his former wife, DR. LILA KYLE (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage,” “Murder in the First”), for help. But as Project Noah’s scientists hone in on a cure that could save humanity, these new beings begin to test their own powers, inching one step closer to an escape that could lead to an unimaginable apocalypse.

The cast includes Mark‐Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Elizabeth Heldens is writer and executive producer. Jason Ensler and Marcos Siega are both credited as directors on the pilot, with Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan also executive producing. “The Passage” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho and Scott Free Productions.

“PROVEN INNOCENT”
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Danny Strong (EMPIRE) partners with David Elliot (“Four Brothers”) to tell the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. PROVEN INNOCENT follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by MADELINE SCOTT (Rachelle Lefevre, “Under the Dome,” “A Gifted Man”), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice. There is no one who understands the power of setting an innocent person free more than Madeline. At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother, LEVI (Riley Smith, “Frequency”), in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre. Madeline runs the firm with her partner, EASY BOUDREAU (Russell Hornsby, “Seven Seconds,” “Grimm”), the very lawyer who helped set her free after seven years in prison. Their team also includes investigator BODIE QUICK (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”) and communications director VIOLET BELL (Tony Award winner Nikki M. James, “BrainDead,” “The Good Wife,” “The Book of Mormon”), who runs a true-crime podcast that follows each investigation. While a hero and a victim to some, Madeline’s bold and bullish tactics earn her a number of enemies – especially GORE BELLOWS (Brian d’Arcy James, “13 Reasons Why,” “Spotlight”), the prosecutor who initially put her away and still believes in her guilt. Despite Bellows’ ceaseless quest to see her behind bars again, Madeline will continue to defend others, even as she fights to maintain her innocence and searches for the real killer in her own case.

Cast includes Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith and Clare O’Connor.

David Elliot is writer and executive producer on the series. Patricia Riggen directs, and Danny Strong and Stacy Greenberg executive produce. The one-hour drama is produced by Danny Strong Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

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NEW COMEDY SERIES

“THE COOL KIDS”
From executive producer Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and starring Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (“The Carmichael Show,” “In Living Color”), Emmy Award nominee Martin Mull (“Veep”, “Roseanne”), Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace,” “American Horror Story”) and Emmy Award winner Vicki Lawrence (“Mama’s Family,” “The Carol Burnett Show”), THE COOL KIDS is a multi-camera comedy about a rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun – because, at their age, what do they really have to lose. HANK (Grier) is the leader of this motley crew, a gruff, opinionated, 21st century Archie Bunker who will go to any lengths to have a good time. His loyal, but less than helpful, friends include CHARLIE (Mull), a bumbling storyteller who constantly goes off on tangents about some bizarre, barely believable episode from his life; and SID (Jordan), a naysaying, pill-popping hypochondriac who shoots down every scheme, but still gets roped in. Complicating matters is MARGARET (Lawrence), a brash, confident woman who forces her way into their group and refuses to leave because she’s not going to take crap from anyone – especially not these three. But what unites them all is their shared belief that they’re not done yet – not by a long shot. Growing old with dignity is for chumps. Our self-proclaimed “cool kids” are determined to make the third act of the lives the craziest one yet.

The cast includes Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan.

Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom are writers on the series, with Day serving as executive producer and Fruchbom as co-EP. Kevin Abbott is showrunner and Don Scardino is director. Nick Frenkel also executive produces. The multi-camera comedy is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with FX Productions.

“REL”
Based on the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Insecure,” “The Carmichael Show”), REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair. And not just any affair. An affair with Rel’s own barber. Quite easily the worst person for your wife to sleep with, because as hard it is to find a good spouse, it’s even harder to find a reliable barber. Plus, with the barbershop being one of the epicenters of neighborhood gossip, Rel finds his embarrassing business is known by everyone, including the Pastor (also played by Howery), before Rel can even process the emotions himself. Offering Rel support – that is, when they themselves aren’t butting heads – are Rel’s tough-talking, no-B.S. best friend, BRITTANY (Jess “Hilarious” Moore, “Wild ‘N Out”), and his recently out-of-jail younger brother, NAT (Jordan L. Jones, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Wisdom of the Crowd”), as well as Rel’s prideful DAD (Sinbad, “A Different World,” “The Sinbad Show,” “Jingle All The Way”), who perhaps has taken the barber news even harder than Rel. After his beloved kids move to Cleveland with their mom, Rel must begin the difficult task of rebuilding his life as a long-distance dad. He also jumps back into the dating pool – and often finds himself the victim of his own well-intentioned hubris. But, ever the optimist, he continues his search for love, respect…and a new barber.

Cast includes Howrey, Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones.

Howrey will also write and executive produce with Kevin Barnett & Josh Rabinowitz. Jerrod Carmichael also executive produces. Mike Scully is showrunner, and Gerry Cohen is director. The multi-camera sitcom is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

“LAST MAN STANDING”
Multi-cam comedy LAST MAN STANDING, starring Tim Allen, comes to FOX. A fan-favorite for six seasons, LAST MAN STANDING stars Allen as MIKE BAXTER, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the series also stars Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson. “Last Man Standing” averaged 8.3 million viewers in Live + 7 ratings for the 2016-2017 season on ABC. It was the network’s second most-watched comedy, after “Modern Family.” Among the key Adults 18-49 demographic, the series averaged a 1.7/7. The series ranked as the No. 1 new program across all syndication when it debuted off-net during the 2016-2017 season.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and created by Jack Burditt, the series also stars Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

“RENT”

The live musical production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT comes to FOX on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, “Rent” tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event. Additional details and auspices to be announced. “Rent” originally was produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.

“Rent” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, with Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson, Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine executive producing. Casting directors are Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield.

“COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS”

Airing as a global event on FOX and National Geographic, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Cosmos” will return for its third season in Spring 2019. It will once again be executive-produced, written and directed by Ann Druyan (NASA’s Voyager Record, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” “Contact”) and executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “The Orville,” “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”), Brannon Braga (“The Orville,” “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”), who also is co-writer and director of the series, and Jason Clark (“The Orville,” “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”). Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon, astrophysicist and host of the Emmy Award-nominated “StarTalk,” will return as host. Co-created by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan in 1980, “Cosmos” has transported a global audience to the farthest reaches and most deeply hidden recesses of the universe. In the course of those journeys, the series has examined the real stories of the forgotten searchers who helped us understand our place in the universe. Following the wildly successful second season, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” seen by more than 135 million people worldwide on National Geographic and FOX, and the most-watched series ever on National Geographic Channels internationally, the new season, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” will premiere in the U.S. on both FOX and National Geographic and globally on National Geographic in 180 countries and 43 languages. Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. We are living in the golden age of discovery of new worlds to explore and possibly inhabit. In the vastness of time and the immensity of space, their number and the stories they contain are virtually infinite. The new season will reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have. In conjunction with the launch of the new season, National Geographic Books also will publish a companion book, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” by Ann Druyan, the long-awaited follow-up to Carl Sagan’s historic international bestseller, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.”

Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” is produced by Cosmos Studios, Fuzzy Door Productions, with Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark executive producing. Ann Druyan and Brannon Braga write.

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