Fox's new primetime lineup will feature more comedy and a little less American Idol, the network announced Monday. Fox will take the bold step of cutting the long-running (and sometimes loooong) show and will introduce three dramas and four comedies, including one that pairs Will Arnett and Keri Russell.
The show, Running Wilde, will join Glee as part of the network's new Tuesday night comedy block.
Fox has led in ratings for the past six seasons, and the new slate attempts to fill the rare holes in its lineup: The Tuesday night shows give it a new foothold in comedy, and Steven Spielberg
's dino-centric Terra Nova may take the place of the departing 24 as the network's action-adventure calling card.
"With three daring new dramas, a fresh new animated series and three new live-action comedies, we're positioned to rebuild the Fox comedy brand, introduce the next generation of unique characters and deliver an even more compelling experience for our viewers next season," Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said in a statement.
Fox also announced that a special episode of Glee will follow Super Bowl XLV and that the show will air in the spring on Wednesdays after Idol. The network also plans to reduce the Tuesday Idol performance shows to 90 minutes and the Wednesday results shows to 30 minutes.New shows include:Raising Hope: A comedy from Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) about a good-hearted screw-up (The Beast's Lucas Neff) who tries to raise his infant daughter with help from his unusual family. Other stars include Martha Plimpton (How To Make It In America), Garret Dillahunt (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Cloris Leachman.Running Wilde: A romantic comedy from Arrested Development's Jim Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett that stars Arnett as an immature playboy the network describes as "trying desperately to win (or buy)" the heart of his childhood sweetheart, a liberal humanitarian played by Russell.Lonestar: A drama set in the Texas oil industry and premiering this fall stars newcomer James Wolk as a man caught between two lives and two women. It's created by Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (Party of Five). Terra Nova: A Steven Spielberg produced action-adventure series follows a family back to prehistoric Earth as they try to save humanity. The series has yet to be scheduled.Ride-Along: A new cop drama from creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield) about Chicago's most notorious cops. Stars include Jason Clarke (Public Enemies), Jennifer Beals (Lie to Me) and Delroy Lindo (Kidnapped).Mixed Signals: An ensemble comedy debuting in the spring and created by Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) about three longtime friends trying to balance relationships and freedom. Stars include Nelson Franklin (I Love You, Man), David Denman (The Office), Kris Marshall (Human Target), Liza Lapira (Dexter) and Alexandra Breckenridge (Family Guy).Bob's Burgers: An animated series joining Sunday's animated block from creator Loren Bouchard (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) about a family with a struggling burger joint.
(In case you're wondering, Simon Cowell's The X Factor isn't scheduled to debut on Fox until fall 2011.)