The Gremlin chose to unmask himself Wednesday, before the judges and audience even had a chance to vote.
Fox may not be giving its usual upfront presentation to advertisers this year, but the network still set its fall slate right on schedule. On Monday — the day it would have held its upfront, if not for the coronavirus — the network unveiled a fall 2020 schedule which includes a pair of new dramas starring John Slattery and Kim Cattrall and returning hits like “The Masked Singer.”But what that slate is missing is “9-1-1” and other staple series that are either moving to midseason or still awaiting decision amid the pandemic.The network is filling the holes left by those shows with Slattery’s “neXt” and Cattrall’s “Filthy Rich” (dramas that wrapped production before the shutdowns) as well as broadcasts of “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” which first premiered on Nat Geo, and Season 1 of Spectrum’s “Bad Boys” spinoff series “L.A.’s Finest,” starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.Along with “The Masked Singer,” Fox’s returning fall programs include animated series “The Simpsons,” “Bless the Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy,” and the cooking competition show “MasterChef Junior.”Also Read: All the Summer Broadcast TV Shows Completed Pre-Pandemic, From 'Titan Games' to 'Agents of SHIELD'At midseason, Fox will bring back “9-1-1” for Season 4 and “9-1-1: Lone Star” for Season 2, along with new installments of “Duncanville” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” New shows debuting later this year include Mayim Bialik comedy “Call Me Kat,” which was just ordered to series at the network, and adult cartoons “The Great North” and “Housebroken.”Scripted shows still waiting to be renewed or canceled by Fox — and therefore not mentioned in the network’s fall or midseason plans — include “Last Man Standing,” “Prodigal Son,” “The Resident” and “Outmatched.”The first season of Slattery’s “neXt” and the network’s debut of “L.A.’s Finest” (which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiered on Spectrum Originals last spring) will take over Monday, a night that previously belonged to “9-1-1” and “Prodigal Son.” “9-1-1” and its spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star” (which aired during its time slot this spring) will return at midseason. Though “Prodigal Son” has not yet been renewed by the network, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap that deal should be closing soon.Also Read: On the Bubble 2020: Which Broadcast TV Shows Will Be Canceled and Which Will Be Renewed?Last fall, Tuesdays were occupied by “The Resident” and “Empire.” But with the medical drama still awaiting decision and “Empire” having come to a (premature) end, the night will begin with “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” at 8 and end with Cattrall’s “Filthy Rich” at 9.Fox is keeping its ratings star “The Masked Singer” in the 8 o’clock hour on Wednesdays for its upcoming fourth season. Production on the new episodes is set for this August, with safety concerns currently being assessed ahead of taping. A new season of “MasterChef Junior” will be the “Masked Singer” lead-out this season, replacing the now-canceled drama “Almost Family.”Thursday is still all about football (though the NFL’s schedule is still subject to change due to COVID-19), Friday still belongs to “WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown” (which resumed taping last month), and Saturday night is still devoted to sports.The network’s Sunday night animation lineup is also untouched, with “The Simpsons” at 8, “Bless the Harts” at 8:30, “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 and “Family Guy” at 9:30.Also Read: Fall TV 2020: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered - So Far (Updating)“The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront,” Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment CEO, said in a statement prepared to accompany the schedule. “In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner’s unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we’ve shared is one of relative stability on Fox, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market.”“Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all new emphasis,” Marianne Gambelli, president of Fox ad sales president, added. “Fox is primed and ready for the fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers, and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward.”Fox’s fall 2020 schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.MONDAY 8-9 p.m. — L.A.’s Finest* 9-10 p.m. — NEXTTUESDAY 8-9 p.m. — Cosmos: Possible Worlds* 9-10 p.m. — FILTHY RICHWEDNESDAY 8-9 p.m. — The Masked Singer 9-10 p.m. — MasterChef JuniorTHURSDAY 7:30-8 p.m. ET/4:30-5 p.m. PT –Fox NFL Thursday Presented by Verizon 8-8:19 p.m. ET/5-5:19 p.m. PT — GMC Kickoff Show 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT — Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light PlatinumFRIDAY 8-10 p.m. — WWE’s Friday Night SmackDownSATURDAY 7-10:30 p.m. — Fox Sports SaturdaySUNDAY 7-7:30 p.m. — NFL on Fox 7:3-8 p.m. — The OT/Fox encores 8-8:30 p.m. — The Simpsons 8:30-9 p.m. — Bless the Harts 9-9:30 p.m. — Bob’s Burgers 9:30-10 p.m. — Family Guy*Network debutsAnd here are the official descriptions for Fox’s new series, with each in the network’s own words:NEXT From creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), executive producer Charlie Gogolak (“This Is Us”) and executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), NEXT is a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives. The event series stars Emmy Award nominee John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe. He teams up with a cybercrime agent (Fernanda Andrade, “The First”) to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves. The series also stars Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Aaron Moten (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Gerardo Celasco (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”) and Evan Whitten (THE RESIDENT).FILTHY RICH FILTHY RICH is a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Emmy Award winner Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us,” “24: Legacy”) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (five-time Emmy Award nominee and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, FILTHY RICH presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight. From writer/director Tate Taylor (“Ma,” “The Help,” “The Girl on the Train”), the series also stars Melia Kreiling (“Tyrant”), Aubrey Dollar (“Battle Creek”), Corey Cott (“The Good Fight”), Benjamin Levy Aguilar (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mark L. Young (“We’re The Millers”) and Olivia Macklin (“LA to Vegas”), with Emmy Award nominee Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Aaron Lazar (“Quantico,” “The Strain”). Kim Cattrall also serves as a producer on the series.Read original story Fox Fall Schedule: ‘9-1-1’ Moves to Midseason, ‘L.A.’s Finest’ Season 1 Comes Over From Spectrum At TheWrap
(Warning: This post contains major spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”)By the end of tonight’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” almost every panelist — with the exception of the ever-stubborn Ken Jeong — had correctly guessed the identity of The Mouse contestant as legendary singer Dionne Warwick before she was revealed and eliminated.Heck, even guest judge Gabriel Iglesias knew that the “I Say a Little Prayer” songstress was the one hiding inside the super cute rodent costume due to her “undeniable voice,” as Nicole Scherzinger put it.Yeah, Warwick told TheWrap it was pretty much impossible to conceal her signature tone — so she didn’t even try.Also Read: 'The Masked Singer' Unmasks Another Celebrity Contestant: And the Mouse Is... (Video)“There’s no way to disguise my voice, unfortunately — or fortunately,” she said, laughing.If she could do it over again, the Grammy winner says she’d have attempted to hide it a bit, but truly doesn’t know what she’d have done differently to pull that off.“The only thing would be to try to disguise my vocals, but there is no way in the world I could ever think of disguising them,” Warwick said. “I don’t know how to do that.”Warwick made it to Wednesday’s Group B playoffs but lost to Banana, Taco, Kitty and Frog — meaning she only got through that lineup’s Round 1.Also Read: 'The Masked Singer' Edges Mike Bloomberg and NBC's Dem Debate in Early Demo RatingsBut she’s hardly the first professional singer to be eliminated just a few episodes into the season, as fellow Grammy Award winners Lil Wayne and Chaka Khan were both booted from Group A. And let’s not forget that Season 2 saw the early dismissals of legends Seal and Patti LaBelle.When we asked Warwick why she thinks acclaimed singers keep dropping like flies on “The Masked Singer,” she told us she isn’t really sure. But she does think it makes sense you can identify them so easily before they’ve been unmasked.“I guess, you know, it would be that they created an aura around who we are, and our voices are our identity,” she said. “So it’s kind of hard not to know who we are when people are accustomed to hearing you.”Also Read: 'The Masked Singer': Why the Elephant Turned Down the Taco CostumeOK, but what’s her opinion on those incorrect guesses, like Jeong’s persistent theory that she was Tina Turner?“It’s wonderful to be thought of among that group of wonderful voices. It’s quite a compliment,” Warwick said.“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.Read original story ‘The Masked Singer': Mouse Tells Us Why She Didn’t Even Attempt to Disguise Her Voice At TheWrap
“The Masked Singer” was crowned No. 1 in TV ratings among the key demo Wednesday night, but couldn’t best NBC’s “Chicago” crossover in total primetime viewers, according to Nielsen.While the audience for Fox’s singing competition slipped double digits from the numbers put up by its week-ago episode, “Chicago Fire” saw its most-watched episode in a year.Find out who was under the Mouse mask on last night’s episode here.Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “The Masked Singer” scored a 1.7/9 and 6.7 million viewers. “Lego Masters” at 9 p.m. earned a 1.0/5 and 3.1 million viewers.Also Read: Why Former Viacom CFO's Huge Univision Deal Makes Sense: Just Look at TV RatingsNBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/6 and first in viewers with 8.4 million. At 8 p.m., “Chicago Med” posted a 1.2/6 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “Chicago Fire” kicked off its crossover with “Chicago PD” with an episode that pulled in a 1.2/6 and 8.6 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” ended that crossover at 10 p.m. with a 1.2/7 and 8.2 million viewers.CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/4 and second in viewers with 5.2 million. At 8 p.m., “Survivor” landed a 1.4/7 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “SEAL Team” had a 0.6/3 and 4.4 million viewers. Another episode at 10 p.m. got a 0.5/3 and 4 million viewers.ABC and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/3. ABC was fourth in viewers with 2.6 million. Univision was fifth with 1.6 million.Also Read: CBS Dominates in Early Ratings With Dem Debate Topping 13 Million ViewersFor ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 p.m. opened primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers. Following two repeats, “Single Parents” at 9:30 p.m. received a 0.5/3 and 2.3 million viewers. At 10 p.m., a special “Shark Tank” closed the night with a 0.5/3 and 1.5 million viewers.Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 994,000.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 649,000. At 8 p.m., “Riverdale” had a 0.2/1 and 699,000 viewers. At 9 p.m., “Nancy Drew” settled for a 0.1/1 and 599,000 viewers.Read original story ‘The Masked Singer’ Beats NBC’s ‘Chicago’ Crossover in Demo Ratings – But Not in Viewers At TheWrap
Fox’s Season 3 premiere of “The Masked Singer” landed 23.7 million total viewers on Sunday, immediately following Super Bowl LIV.See where that ranks historically by clicking here.Last year, CBS launched “The World’s Best” out of Super Bowl LIII. The James Corden-hosted competition series drew 22.22 million total viewers. That was down 18% from the prior year’s “This Is Us” on NBC.On Sunday, Super Bowl LIV scored 102 million total viewers. Each year, the big game provides (by far) the biggest lead-in on all of television. Find our recap of the big game here. A(nother) late comeback victory by the Kansas City Chiefs kept eyeballs glued to the screen.Also Read: 'The Masked Singer' Season 3 Unmasks Its First Celebrity Masked Singer: And the Robot Is... (Video)Last night, rapper Lil Wayne was the first celebrity booted from Fox’s oddball singing competition. He was revealed to be the Robot. The emcee’s new album, “Funeral,” came out on Friday.“Beat Shazam” host Jamie Foxx was a guest judge on the premiere episode of Season 3.The third season lineup of “Masked Singer” contestants includes Llama, Banana, Miss Monster, Frog, Mouse, Robot, Kangaroo, White Tiger, Turtle, Astronaut, Swan, Kitty, Bear, Elephant, Rhino, T-Rex, Night Angel and Taco. Between those 18 competitors they’ve “amassed a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records,” according to Fox.Also Read: Super Bowl LIV Scores 102 Million ViewersAccording to Fox, the format will be changing slightly in season three. “The contestants will be split into three groups of six – Group A, B, and C. Group A will kick off the first three episodes as they whittle down from 6 to 3 singers,” the studio said in a statement. “Then we will meet Group B as they go from 6 to 3, then Group C. The final 9 contestants from these three groups will then come together and battle it out the rest of the season for the golden mask trophy. As always, one celebrity will still be unmasked in every episode, including the premiere.”A new episode of “The Masked Singer” will air Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, which is the show’s regular night and time for the rest of the season.Read original story ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Premiere Lands 23.7 Million Viewers After Super Bowl LIV At TheWrap