Upfront Week officially begins Sunday. On Wednesday, Fox began its unveiling early.
Among the network’s other no-surprise pickups were a “House”-esque drama starring Greg Kinnear titled “Rake” (brilliant, charming and self-destructive criminal-defense lawyer lacks the self-edit gene), and Seth MacFarlane’s new live-action comedy, “Dads,” about two successful guys (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) whose dads move in with them.
Fox also ordered a “thrilling new action-adventure” about Ichabod Crane. You know: the superstitious, cowardly schoolmaster who gets terrified right out of town, right after his rival for the hand of a wealthy guy’s daughter dresses up like a ghost of a legendary Revolutionary War soldier — one who had his head blown off by a cannonball — and lobs a jack-o’-lantern at poor Ichabod.
According to Fox, the Ichabod Crane of its thrilling new “Sleepy Hollow” series has been pulled 21
2 centuries through time, only to find that the world is on the brink of destruction. Instead of crawling into bed and pulling up the covers, Ichabod rises to the occasion and teams with a contemporary cop “to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers.”
I swear, I’m not making this up. It’s from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises fame — who, we guess, wouldn’t acknowledge such unless they knew it could be proved against them.
Drama-wise, Fox also ordered to series the show “Gang Related,” about a rising star in Los Angeles’s elite Gang Task Force, which is led by — you’ll never guess — Terry O’Quinn. This one was created and written by Chris Morgan (“Wanted,” “Fast Five”).
Those cockeyed optimists at Fox also ordered a new comedy from the guy who created the CBS based-on-a-blog flop “S--- My Dad Says.” This one’s called “Surviving Jack” because, we assume, the Fox sales department argued that it could not sell it to advertisers by its original name, “I Suck at Girls.” Fox explains that “Surviving Jack” stars Christopher Meloni as “a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before ‘coming of age’ was something you could Google.”
Also on the comedy front, Fox ordered “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which stars Andy Samberg as a detective who takes nothing seriously, and Andre Braugher as his by-the-book boss.
And then there’s “Us & Them,” based on the popular BBC Three series “Gavin and Stacey”; it stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as a couple surrounded by “the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.” That is not to be confused with the new “Enlisted,” about three brothers and the “misfits who surround them” on a small Florida Army base. That one stars Geoff Stults.