FOX today revealed fall premiere dates for both new and returning series, including the series premiere of the highly-anticipated, Batman-inspired “Gotham” on September 22.
First up, however, is “Utopia,” arriving from John de Mol. “Utopia” is based on the Dutch hit of the same name. It follows 15 everyday Americans to an undeveloped location and challenges them to create their own civilization. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? The series will launch on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following a FOX NFL doubleheader before continuing in its regular time period, Tuesday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with six special broadcasts onFridays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Sept. 12.
“Hell’s Kitchen” then cooks up its 13th season with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) before having its time period premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, following an all-new “Utopia” (8:00-9:00PM ET/PT), new seasons of “New Girl” (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and “The Mindy Project” (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) premiere.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/ PT), new coming-of-age dramedy “Red Band Society” makes its series debut, following an all-new “Hell’s Kitchen” (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). From Steven Spielbergs Amblin Television, and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, “Red Band Society” follows a group of unlikely and rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles Ocean Park Hospital. Exploring everything from strong friendships, and first loves, to humorous mishaps and heartbreaks, the series is a story of life, with an “edgy” comedic tone.
On Monday, Sept. 22, origin story “Gotham” (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) kicks off. The series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” Collateral).
The second season premiere of the adventure fantasy “Sleepy Hollow” (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) follows, picking up immediately after the multiple cliffhangers that left Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) buried alive and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) trapped in purgatory.
The dark comedy procedural “Bones” enters its 10th season on Thursday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (Dave Boreanaz) working to clear his name after the surprising events of last season.
Ten-part mystery event series “Gracepoint,” starring Welsh BAFTA winner David Tennant (“Doctor Who”), Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior, Affliction) and SAG Award winner Michael Peña (American Hustle), joins the schedule on Thursday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The mystery, that will be resolved in 10 parts, follows a tragic death, and the major police investigation and nationwide media frenzy that subsequently overtake a picturesque seaside town, where anyone is a suspect.
Sundays then “get re-animated” beginning Sept. 28, with the season premieres of “The Simpsons” (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the return of Golden Globe-winning live-action comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on its new day and time and the “Family Guy” (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) special one-hour “The Simpsons Guy” season premiere crossover event.
Emmy Award-nominated comedy “Bob’s Burgers” (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) and new multi-cam comedy “Mulaney” (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) join the lineup one week later, Sunday, Oct. 5. “Mulaney” stars Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) as a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level, and the friends and mentors, including one played by Martin Short (“SCTV,” “Saturday Night Live”), who lift him up, hold him back and push him around.
Finally, the culinary competition series “Masterchef Junior” will have its season premiere Friday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Talented budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 are given the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.