After canceling what seems like every scripted show on the network, Fox has announced it has picked up a few pilots for the fall.
First up is Alcatraz from J.J. Abrams. Alcatraz will follow a team of FBI agents and Alcatraz experts who are assembled after a group of prisoners and guards from the infamous prison reappear in present day after disappearing without a trace a long time ago. The special team is then tasked to track each individual down for answers to the phenomenon. The show stars Jorge Garcia (Lost) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Tudors).
A Bones spinoff, The Finder, has also been greenlit into production. Finder has Geoff Stults as a former military policeman whose brain damage from two tours in Iraq have given him the ability to locate anything or anyone. The 13-episode order comes despite the fact that ratings for the backdoor pilot episode of Bones featuring Stults (and costars Saffron Burrows and Michael Clarke Duncan) were down 9 percent from the previous week’s episode.
Fox has also picked up The New Girl, which stars Zooey Deschanel as a woman who moves in with three obnoxious men after a failed relationship with her ex-boyfriend. If it has Zooey in it, I’ll watch it.
Fox has also ordered I Hate My Teenage Daughter to series, starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran as two women who were tormented by mean girls when they were younger.
The network will announce its fall schedule on Monday.