Shortly after announcing its fall schedule for the 2011-12 TV season, Fox released previews from seven of its new series, including J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi drama Alcatraz, new comedies from Zooey Deschanel and Jaime Pressly, and Steven Spielberg's dino drama Terra Nova.
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Terra Nova, which will air Mondays at 8/7c, stars Jason O'Mara as the patriarch of a family who escapes the overpopulation of Earth and travels through a crack in the space-time continuum, which leads to a pre-historic Earth. Stephen Lang and Shelley Conn also star.
Alcatraz, coming midseason on Mondays, centers on a cop (Sarah Jones) and a team of FBI agents who track down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who have reappeared in the present day after disappearing 30 years earlier. Abrams will executive-produce the project, which reunites him with Lost star Jorge Garcia.
Bones' spin-off The Finder, which aired as a backdoor pilot in April, follows a former military policeman (Geoff Stults) with the ability to find anything. Hart Hanson wrote the pilot and will executive-produce. The series will debut midseason on Thursdays once Bones goes on hiatus.
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The New Girl (which TVGuide.com had spotlighted as one of its 11 Promising Pilots) stars Deschanel as a brokenhearted elementary school teacher who moves away from her ex and instead bunks with three unruly guys. The comedy will air Tuesdays at 9/8c following Glee.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which will air following The X Factor on Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c, centers on two women (Pressly and Katie Finneran) who fret that their daughters are turning into the type of girls who picked on them in high school. Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer will executive-produce.
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New animated comedy Allen Gregory, created and voiced by Jonah Hill, will air on Sundays at 8:30/9:30c.
Napoleon Dynamite, debuting in midseason, reunites the film's cast for an animated version of the 2004 indie comedy.
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