A Look into FOX's Pilot Season

The Ratings Junkie Monday, April 10, 2017

It's almost mid-April, and upfronts are quickly approaching. This means that now is as good of a time as ever to talk about the upcoming pilot season.

You may have noticed that FOX only has five new dramas eligible for the fall season. One is Seth MacFalane's Orville, a dramedy that received a series order well before the heat of pilot season. Another is a TV adaptation of the movie franchise Behind Enemy Lines, which could be next season's edition of Lethal Weapon. A third option is Controversy, an anthology drama about a football university dealing with a sexual assault scandal. The other two are The Resident, a medical drama, and the untitled Marvel X-Men pilot.

So what could this mean? Are they bringing back many veterans? Is Pitch getting a second shot? Or are they just trying to cut costs on pilot season by only ordering a few? These questions are all equally reasonable.

If FOX goes the same route they've gone the last two seasons, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Marvel drama airing on Mondays midseason, though it could also air in the fall if they want to revamp a night.

The amount of dramas on FOX's schedule next season most likely is determined by how many hours of reality they air. One of MasterChef Junior and Hell's Kitchen is very likely, but nothing else is obvious. A renewal for Pitch and/or The Exorcist is possible since there are so few drama pilots. It will certainly be a new and interesting idea if a network picks up all their pilots to series; after all, it eliminates the factor of a show being rejected in the pilot stages that very much could have been a hit show.

What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments below!

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