FOX TV ANNOUNCES 2018 FALL SCHEDULE by Tim Riley
FOX television has announced its schedule for the 2018 fall season and among several casualties, “Lucifer” has been canceled after three seasons, sending the Devil back to his subterranean Kingdom of Hades or the network equivalent. Though we don’t know for sure, the high-flying comedy “LA to Vegas” does not appear on the schedule. Maybe it’s been grounded for maintenance. “Gotham” won’t return until midseason for its fifth and final season.
On occasion, a network series will get un-canceled when picked up elsewhere. That happened to the Fox series “Arrested Development” when it landed on Netflix a few years back. Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was recently dumped for all of a few hours before NBC picked it up. Now it is Fox’s turn to pick up another network’s abandoned series, as ABC unwisely discarded the long-running and popular Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing,” which ran for six successful years.
The fan-favorite “Last Man Standing” will continue to star Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a married father of three girls who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by the women in his life. While Nancy Travis returns as Mike Baxter’s wife, it’s unknown at this time if Hector Elizondo will be back at Mike’s boss at the outdoor sporting goods store. A lot of comedy is centered at the store and it would be great to recreate the same workplace dynamic.
Standup comedian Lil Rel Howery (the TSA agent in “Get Out”) gets his own comedy show “Rel,” featuring himself as Rel, loving husband, and father living on the West Side of Chicago who finds out his wife is having an affair. The affair is with Rel’s own barber, an embarrassing situation because as hard it is to find a good spouse, it’s even harder to find a reliable barber. The wife and kids move away, and Rel has to rebuild his life as a long-distance dad. Sinbad is in the cast as Rel’s father.
“The Cool Kids” is not a comedy show about millennials. Quite the opposite as this is a ragtag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule to have fun before the clock runs out. David Alan Grier’s Hank is a gruff, opinionated Archie Bunker-type. Martin Mull’s Charlie is a storyteller going off on bizarre tangents. Leslie Jordan’s Sid is a gloomy hypochondriac. Vicki Lawrence’s Margaret, a brash, confident woman, forces her way into the group.