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Upfronts 2014: FOX bets on year-round programming to counter 'Idol' struggles

'Gotham' is the big fall player, and live-action comedies mix with Sunday cartoons

For a decade or so, the schedules FOX announced during upfront week followed a predictable, amusing pattern: one schedule for the fall that would inevitably struggle, another schedule for mid-season built around the dominant presence of "American Idol," and then many, many changes made to that second schedule at a later date due to the struggles of the first.

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<p>FOX&#39;s &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

FOX's "Gotham"

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New 'Gotham' pictures tease future Batman, Catwoman, Penguin and more

FOX is airing the DC Comics prequel on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Normally upfronts bring the first video and images from new shows. That's not exactly the case with FOX's DC Comics prequel "Gotham," which has been anticipated enough that FOX and Warner Brothers TV have been teasing pictures  for several weeks and the first trailer for the drama aired last week with the premiere of "24: Live Another Day."

We've already seen glimpses of Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Jada Pinkett Smith and the rest of the stars of "Gotham," which will air on Mondays at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Here, however, are the first official gallery shots and stills for "Gotham," which has been ordered for 16 episode, rather than the normal 13, up-front with the potential for more.

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'American Idol' will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season

“American Idol” will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season
The plan is to air two shows a week during the audition phase, followed by a two-hour show once a week, Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced. He also said “Sleepy Hollow” will air 18 episodes next season and that “Glee’s” 22-episode final season may be trimmed.

“Modern Family” will cover the costs all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies today in NYC
This is ABC’s way of promoting Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding.

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Fox’s fall schedule: 'Gotham' to Mondays, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' to Sundays, 'Glee' to midseason

Fox’s fall schedule: “Gotham” to Mondays, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Sundays, “Glee” to midseason
Sunday’s Animation Domination block is being invaded next season by two live-action comedies, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney.” “Bones” is moving back to Thursdays, where it’ll be paired with “Broadchurch” remake “Gracepoint.” Meanwhile, Fox is holding “Empire,” “Backstrom,” “Hieroglyph,” “Weird Loners,” “Bordertown” and “Last Man on Earth” for midseason. Fox also plans to air live motorcycle jumping over a canyon special “Jump of the Century.” PLUS: Fox airing a New Year’s Eve special with Pitbull.

“Game of Thrones” writer: We tried to avoid making “Law & Order: Westeros”
"It was a tricky balance,” Bryan Cogman says of writing last night’s riveting courtroom scene. PLUS: Is “GoT” killing time?, can writers afford to kill Tyrion?, was that an Emmy moment?, how does the justice system work on “GoT,” was that a “Monty Python” shout-out?

“Gotham” promotes 3, including the future Riddler
Cory Michael Smith, who plays future Riddler Edward Nygma, has been upped to series regular status, along with detectives on the show Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart Jones.

“Revenge” boss explains the season finale
Will there be another time-jump next season? PLUS: What’s next for Victoria?, and why that ending was a cheap twist.

David Tennant will go from Fox's "Broadchurch" remake back to "Broadchurch"
Tennant, who's starring in the remake "Gracepoint," has agreed to a 2nd season of the acclaimed British series.

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time': It's another twist on Oz for the season finale

This time, Emma is the one who discovers there's no place like home

Well, when I talked to Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the season finale of "Once Upon A Time," they promised that the episode would play like a movie. I just had no idea the movie was going to be "The Wizard of Oz" with a dash of "Cinderella" and a smattering of "Back to the Future thrown in. 

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<p>Donal Logue of &quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

Donal Logue of "Gotham"

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FOX's 2014-15 Schedule: 'Gotham' to Monday, 'Brooklyn' to Sunday and double 'Utopia'

'Gracepoint' draws a tough Thursday slot as 'Bones' moves again

Coming off a bumpy season and facing its first fall without three hours of "X Factor" in several years, FOX announced its 2014-15 schedule on Monday (May 12) morning. 

Actually, FOX only announced its Fall 2014 schedule on Monday. For the first time in recent memory, FOX didn't even attempt to present a midseason slate to advertisers as part of its upfronts presentation. Certainly FOX has plenty on the bench for a busy midseason, but the network has held back on January plans, perhaps waiting on the fate of the ambitious reality series "Utopia."

While "X Factor" and its three hours are now, thankfully, gone, FOX scheduled two fall episodes with "Utopia," airing new episodes on Tuesday and Friday nights. In success, FOX execs have indicated that "Utopia" could continue forever -- Just like "Forever Eden"! -- which would impact FOX's spring slate. FOX also may want to hold off on deciding how much "American Idol" to air in the spring.

But spring is a long time in the future. Let's look at fall, which includes the usual time period change for "Bones," an ambitious slot for FOX's "Broadchurch" remake and an intriguing mixture of live-action and animation on Sundays, breaking up Animation Domination.

Check it out, night-by-night:

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<p>Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in &quot;Foxcatcher.&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher."

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Cannes Check 2014: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

Continuing our festival preview with the long-awaited awards hopeful

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, a film we've been waiting to see for some time now: Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher."

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"Marry Me"

"Marry Me"

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'Marry Me': 5 things we learned from NBC's first trailer

People in romcoms do the silliest things!

Do you ever think, gee, I just can't get enough of the hackneyed tropes and predictable plot twists I remember from cheesy romcoms? Probably not, but fingers crossed "Marry Me" isn't the vehicle to deliver them in any case. This trailer hits just about every annoying romantic comedy cliche you can imagine short of a Kate Hudson cameo, but you can't fault the talent involved -- Casey Wilson of “Happy Endings” plays Annie and Ken Marino of “Eastbound & Down” is Jake, the couple who just can't get this engagement thing right. Still, there was much to learn from this first trailer. What a wacky sitcom couple!

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<p>Jon Hamm in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Runaways'

Don's 'niece' causes problems with Megan, Betty and Henry fight, and Ginsberg rages against the machine

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as my computer's making me a homo...

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<p>Peter Dinklage in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Laws of Gods and Men'

Davos goes banking, Theon has a visitor, and Tyrion's trial begins

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as you fetch my brown pants...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Did Kenya really tell all on 'WWHL'?

She's taking Porsha to court and she's not apologizing for it

I'm not sure I really needed to see Kenya and NeNe discuss why Kenya's a size queen and how NeNe likes her tenderoni, but that wasn't the real reason to watch the "Secrets Revealed" episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion. No, that would be the very special episode of "Watch What Happens Live" that aired after it, which had Kenya sitting down with Andy for a one-on-one. Really, you could have skipped the "Secrets Revealed" episode altogether, as there weren't really secrets or revelations unless you really wanted to watch NeNe's face while stuck in a car with Phaedra and Chuck. If she ends up in Hell for any reason, I suspect it will be similar.

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"Silicon Valley"

"Silicon Valley"

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'Silicon Valley': Gilfoyle gets a girlfriend and the house melts down

The sitcom opts for character-driven humor to better result

While last week's episode of "Silicon Valley" smacked of tired sitcom tropes and predictable outcomes, this week the show manages to put the TV writing 101 textbook away and let character dictate both the humor and the direction of the plot. Crazy, right? Most importantly, Gilfoyle and Dinesh are able to do something other than lob semi-funny co-worker jokes at one another. Note to the writers' room: Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr are two of your greatest assets. Use them wisely. This episode was a step in the right direction, if only a step.

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