Things in front of and behind the camera have been anything but boring and same-old-same-old for Fox over the past several weeks; but after a tornado of series renewals, greenlights, and cancellations (sorry, Ghosted: we hardly knew or watched ya), the network has released the fall premiere dates for both its new and returning series.
Along with returning hits like Empire, 9-1-1, The Gifted, and Bob's Burgers, some new highlights include: the premiere of the NFL's Thursday Night Football; a premiere date for Lethal Weapon, minus Clayne Crawford; the comedy series Rel, which gets a special post-football preview before its official premiere; the return of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, which was picked up by Fox after ABC cancelled the show; and the pairing up of new comedy series The Cool Kids (with television veterans Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, and Leslie Jordan) with Allen's Last Man Standing on Friday nights.
Here are Fox's 2018 premiere dates (all Times ET/PT, except where noted):
Sunday, September 9 (following NFL doubleheader)
8-8:30 p.m.: Rel (Special Preview)
Sunday, September 23 (following NFL doubleheader)
8-9 p.m.: 9-1-1 (Special Season 2 Premiere, Part 1)
Monday, September 24
8-9 p.m.: The Resident (Season 2 Premiere)
9-10 p.m.: 9-1-1 (Special Season 2 Premiere, Part 2)
Tuesday, September 25
8-9 p.m.: The Gifted (Season 2 Premiere)
9-10 p.m.: Lethal Weapon (Season 3 Premiere)
Wednesday, September 26
8-9 p.m.: Empire (Season 5 Premiere)
9-10 p.m.: Star (Season 3 Premiere)
Thursday, September 27
7:30 p.m. ET: Thursday Night Football (Fox Sports Premiere)
Friday, September 28
8-8:30 p.m.: Last Man Standing (Network Premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.: The Cool Kids (Series Premiere)
9-10 p.m.: Hell's Kitchen (Season 18 Premiere)
Sunday, September 30
8-8:30 p.m.: The Simpsons (Season 30 Premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.: Bob's Burgers (Season 9 Premiere)
9-9:30 p.m.: Family Guy (Season 16 Premiere)
9:30-10 p.m.: Rel (Time Period Premiere)
From executive producer Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and starring Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier ("The Carmichael Show," "In Living Color"), Emmy Award nominee Martin Mull ("Veep", "Roseanne"), Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan ("Will and Grace," "American Horror Story") and Emmy Award winner Vicki Lawrence ("Mama's Family," "The Carol Burnett Show"), THE COOL KIDS is a multi-camera comedy about a rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun – because, at their age, what do they really have to lose.
Hank (Grier) is the leader of this motley crew, a gruff, opinionated, 21st century Archie Bunker who will go to any lengths to have a good time. His loyal, but less than helpful, friends include Charlie (Mull), a bumbling storyteller who constantly goes off on tangents about some bizarre, barely believable episode from his life; and Sid (Jordan), a naysaying, pill-popping hypochondriac who shoots down every scheme, but still gets roped in. Complicating matters is Margaret (Lawrence), a brash, confident woman who forces her way into their group and refuses to leave because she's not going to take crap from anyone – especially not these three. But what unites them all is their shared belief that they're not done yet – not by a long shot. Growing old with dignity is for chumps. Our self-proclaimed "cool kids" are determined to make the third act of the lives the craziest one yet.