Upfronts 2014: Fox Announces Fall Schedule; ‘Gotham’ For Monday Night Genre Block, Backstrom Benched Until Midseason & More

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Fox has unveiled details of their Fall 2014-2015 schedule, which boasts a number of high profile changes compared to last season.

The network is taking a page out of NBC’s book in creating a two-hour genre block. Fox’s, however, will be on Monday night from 8pm onwards with the hotly anticipated Batman prequel Gotham at 8pm, leading into established hit Sleepy Hollow at 9pm, which will have an extended run of 15-18 episodes (exact number TBD) for season two.

On Tuesday’s, Fox is hoping John de Mol’s new reality format Utopia will shaw up the ratings, leading into a reduced one-hour comedy block which will consist of New Girl at 9pm and The Mindy Project at 9:30pm. In a bold move, fellow comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine is being pushed to Sunday nights at 8:30pm, between new episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. Also launching on Sundays this fall is live-action comedy Mulaney, which recently got a 10 episode back order.

Also of note is that Bones is on the move (again). The veteran procedural is being moved out of its Monday night slot to make room for the new genre block of Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. Instead the drama will debut its tenth season on Thursday nights at 8pm, leading into event series Gracepoint at 9pm.

Of the eleven new scripted entries that Fox has on tap for the 2014-2015 season, only four (Gotham, Red Band Society, Gracepoint and Mulaney) are launching this fall; with Backstrom, Bordertown, Empire, Hieroglyph, The Last Man On Earth, Wayward Pines and Weird Loners being held until midseason. Also benched until midseason is Glee and The Following.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE

(All Times ET/PT)

FoxMONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          GOTHAM (new)

9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          UTOPIA (new)

9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          HELL’S KITCHEN

9:00-10:00 PM                        RED BAND SOCIETY (new)

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES

9:00-10:00 PM                        GRACEPOINT (new)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

9:00-10:00 PM                        UTOPIA (new)

SATURDAY

7:00-10:30 PM                        FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 PM                          NFL ON FOX

7:30-8:00 PM                          THE OT / BOB’S BURGERS

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM                        MULANEY (new)