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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:00 am

MacFarlane at forefront of Fox's new fall lineup

LYNN ELBER | Associated Press

Fox schedule

Fox's prime-time schedule for the fall (new series in bold):


8 p.m. – “Lucifer”

9 p.m. – “The Gifted”


8 p.m. – “Lethal Weapon”

9 p.m. – “The Mick”

9:30 p.m. – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”


8 p.m. – “Empire”

9 p.m. – “Star”


8 p.m. – “Gotham”

9 p.m. – “The Orville”


8 p.m. – “Hell's Kitchen”

9 p.m. – “The Exorcist”


7 p.m. – “Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football”


7 p.m. – “NFL On Fox”

7 p.m. – “The OT” / “Bob's Burgers”

8 p.m. – “The Simpsons”

8 p.m. – “Ghosted”

9 p.m. – “Family Guy”

9 p.m. – “The Last Man On Earth”

NEW YORK – The Fox network is calling on superpowers and Seth MacFarlane to boost ratings this fall.

“The Orville,” a new space adventure starring and produced by MacFarlane, is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of an exploratory spaceship.

“This is Seth's passion project,” Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO, said Monday in a teleconference detailing the schedule for the network that's No. 4 among viewers.

The multi-talented MacFarlane, who contributes the animated comedy “Family Guy” to Fox, is a science buff who brought the documentary “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” to the network in 2014.

Also debuting this fall is “The Gifted,” about a suburban couple who discover their children have mutant powers. Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”) will star in the drama that Walden called “big, cinematic and commercial” and is Fox's first with the Marvel factory.

Comedy will get the fantasy and sci-fi touch at Fox with “Ghosted.” The sitcom about two partners exploring unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles stars Craig Robinson of “The Office” and Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation.”

Continuing the theme is “The X-Files,” the onetime Fox staple that makes its second appearance as a 10-episode “event series” starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Fox will have music as well, with returning series “Empire” and “Star” and the live musicals “Rent” and “A Christmas Story.”

“The New Girl” is getting another season, its last, but others that aren't so lucky include canceled shows “Pitch,” ''Rosewood,” ''Scream Queens,” ''Sleepy Hollow,” ''Son of Zorn,” ''APB” and “Making History.”

Like NBC, which announced its fall schedule Sunday, Fox is holding back several new series for midseason. It's another indication that the once entrenched September-to-May network schedule has given way to efforts to reduce repeats amid increased competition from cable and streaming.

Other broadcast networks will present their upcoming program lineups to advertisers in New York this week.

Freshman series set for Fox's midseason:

• “9-1-1,” described as a “fast-paced exploration” of the lives and careers of police, paramedics and firefighters. Angela Bassett stars in the drama from prolific producer Ryan Murphy (“Feud”).

• “The Resident, a drama starring Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”) and Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”), will focus on three doctors and a nurse as it reveals “what really happens, both good and bad,” at American hospitals.

• “LA to Vegas” from executive producers including Will Ferrell and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”). Fox describes it as a workplace comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who fly to Las Vegas weekly in hopes of becoming winners. Dylan McDermott stars.