FOX won't officially unveil its schedule for advertisers until Wednesday (May 16), but the network appears ready to order up seven new shows for next fall.
The highest profile new pilot expected to make the network's slate is probably "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," an action drama that fills in the gaps between "Terminator 2" and "Terminator 3." The David Nutter-directed pilot stars Lena Headey as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker as her son John, two people trying to prevent an Armageddon brought about by killer robots.
According to the industry trade papers, FOX is also sending the Cole Hauser/Anthony Anderson New Orleans cop drama "K-Ville," the Lasse Hallstrom-directed immortal detective drama "New Amsterdam" and the legal drama "Canterbury's Law," which marks Julianna Margulies' return to network primetime.
On the comedy front, as "Gilmore Girls" ends on The CW, Amy Sherman-Palladino will return with "The Return of Jezebel James," which is reportedly heading toward a pick-up along with "The Rules of Starting Over." FOX had previously committed to 13 episodes of "Back to You," starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.
FOX also seems set to renew the comedy "'Til Death," which is a relief because otherwise the network wouldn't have much to show for last spring's development season. The reason FOX is picking up so many new shows probably has something to do with "Vanished," "Justice," "Happy Hour," "Standoff," "Drive" and "The Wedding Bells."
Check back for Zap2it's complete upfronts coverage as the week progresses.