Fox looks to sci-fi, fantasy this fall; MacFarlane in space

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Comedy also is getting the fantasy and sci-fi touch at Fox with "Ghosted". The returning series will provide a lead-in for The Orville, which comes from executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and is directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man). Sundays. Described as "The X-Files" as a comedy, it stars Craig Robinson ("The Office") and Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") as paranormal investigators.

MacFarlane also stars in "The Orville", a science-fiction mix of drama, adventure and humor about regular people working in space.

Fox hopes to pump more movie studio dollars back into Thursday nights with the Seth MacFarlane vehicle "The Orville", which will lead out of "Gotham" in the Thursday 9 p.m. slot.

Fox's prime-time strategy for next season includes two live musical events, "A Christmas Story" and "Rent".

On a conference call to discuss the new schedule, Ms. Walden also expressed some disappointment that the producers of its long-running talent show "American Idol" are bringing the show back on rival ABC after just one season of it off the air on Fox. "We felt like this is way too soon". Fox's other new fall drama, "The Gifted", gets the 9-10 Monday spot.

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BACK FOR MORE: Not in the fall lineup, but renewed by Fox are "New Girl", "The X-Files", "American Grit", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Masterchef", "Masterchef Junior", "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay", "Beat Shazam", "Showtime at the Apollo" and "Superhuman".

New to midseason are the Ryan Murphy first-responder drama "9-1-1", starring Angela Bassett, and a warts-and-all look at the inner workings of a metropolitan hospital in "The Resident".

Will Ferrell is the executive producer of "LA to Vegas", a comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who every weekend take the round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. With star Corey Hawkins on Broadway in "Six Degrees of Separation", its return couldn't be considered for fall but its future remains under discussion.

The Fox Television Group has announced its primetime programming slate for the 2017-2018 season and its new shows are weighted toward adventure and drama.

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