FOX boasts two new mid-season dramas and a comedy as part of this year’s winter programming slate: crime thriller Accused, from Homeland and 24 creator/showrunner Howard Gordon, and the Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath (The Blacklist) missing persons drama Accused.

Meanwhile single-camera workplace comedy, Animal Control, starring Community’s Joel McHale makes history as FOX Entertainment’s first wholly owned live-action comedy.

See more on all three newbies below.

Other notable additions to the slate include season 2 of Fantasy Island, the Winter Premiere of FOX’s long-running medical drama The Resident, and 9-1-1: Lone Star’s fourth season.

FOX advises that both 9-1-1 and The Masked Singer will also return this spring, with additional schedule details to be announced in time.

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(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)

Monday, Jan. 2:                                                         

8:00-9:00 PM FANTASY ISLAND (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, Jan. 3:                                                         

8:00-9:00 PM RESIDENT (Winter Premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

8:00-10:00 PM SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (Two-Hour Series Premiere)        `

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 5:

8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Winter Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM WELCOME TO FLATCH (Winter Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM CALL ME KAT (Winter Premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 8:

8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT ALERT (Series Premiere)

Live to all time zones

9:00-9:30 PM BOB’S BURGERS

9:30-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY

Mondays, beginning Jan. 9:


9:00-10:00 PM ALERT (Time Period Premiere)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 11:

8:00-9:00 PM CELEBRITY NAME THAT TUNE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, Jan. 17

8:00-9:00 PM 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 22:

9:00-10:00 PM ACCUSED (Series Premiere)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 24:

8:00-9:00 PM 9-1-1: LONE STAR

9:00-10:00 PM ACCUSED (Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, Feb. 12

10:30-11:40 PM ET/7:30-8:40 PM PT NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Season Premiere)

Live to all time zones

Thursdays, beginning Feb. 16:                                                         

8:00-9:00 PM NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM ANIMAL CONTROL (Series Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM CALL ME KAT

ALERT (Drama)

From executive producers Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath (The Blacklist), all-new missing persons drama Alert debuts Sunday, Jan. 8 after NFL on FOX (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT live to all time zones), followed by its time period premiere Monday, Jan. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Written by Eisendrath and starring Scott Caan (Hawaii 5-0) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), Alert is a procedural drama about the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU).

Each episode features a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person that runs alongside police officers Jason Grant (Scott Caan) and his ex-wife Nikki Batista’s (Dania Ramirez) series-long quest to find out the truth about their long-lost son.

Alert is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment. John Eisendrath serves as showrunner and executive producer.

Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, J.R. Orci, Adam Kane and Michael Offer are also executive producers.  The series stars Scott Caan, Dania Ramirez, Adeola Role (The Blacklist), Ryan Broussard (Only Murders in the Building) and Graham Verchere (Stargirl).


New crime thriller Accused, from Emmy Award-winning producer Howard Gordon, the co-creator of landmark television, such as Homeland, and the showrunner of 24, makes its debut Sunday, Jan. 22, followed by its time period premiere Tuesday, Jan. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Co-produced by FOX Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, Accused is a collection of 15 intense, topical and exquisitely human stories of crime and punishment.

Each episode is a fast-paced provocative thriller, exploring a different crime, in a different city, with an entirely original cast. Based on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning crime anthology, each episode opens in a courtroom on the defendant, with viewers knowing nothing about their crime or how they ended up on trial.

Told from the defendant’s point of view through flashbacks, the show holds a mirror up to current times with evocative and emotional stories.

In the end, audiences will discover how an ordinary person gets caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and how one impulsive decision can impact the course of that life – and the lives of others – forever. 

Developed by Howard Gordon (Homeland24) and executive-produced by Gordon, Alex Gansa (Homeland24) and David Shore (HouseThe Good Doctor), Accused once again fearlessly takes on the hottest topics of our time.

The show features cinematic auspices and production values anchored by Oscar and Emmy-winning talent, including Michael Chiklis, Abigail Breslin, Whitney Cummings, Margo Martindale, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Wendell Pierce, Rachel Bilson, Jack Davenport, Molly Parker and directors Billy Porter, Marlee Matlin, Tazbah Chavez and Michael Chiklis. 


The all-new single-camera workplace comedy, Animal Control, starring Emmy Award nominee Joel McHale (Community), will premiere Thursday, Feb. 16 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), following the time period premiere of Next Level Chef.

FOX Entertainment’s first wholly owned live-action comedy, the single-camera series will follow a group of local Animal Control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not.

McHale stars as Frank, an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room. A former cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, which may explain why he’s so cynical and curmudgeonly. He has an almost superhuman ability to understand animals. Humans…not so much.

Frank is assigned a new partner, Fred “Shred” Taylor (newcomer Michael Rowland), an optimistic rookie Animal Control officer. They both report into their sweet-natured and endearingly awkward boss Emily Price (Vella Lovell, Mr. Mayor).  

Amit Patel (Ravi Patel, Master of None) and Victoria Sands (Grace Palmer, Shortland Street) are also partners in the Animal Control office – though they could not be more opposite.

Rounding out the precinct is veterinarian Dr. Summers (Alvina August, The Boys), receptionist Dolores Stubb (Kelli Ogmundson, Cavendish) and Templeton Dudge (Gerry Dee, Mr. D), an Animal Control officer from a neighboring precinct with a real chip on his shoulder.

Animal Control is produced by FOX Entertainment Studios and executive-produced by Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Sirens, The Moodys), Rob Greenberg (Frasier, How I Met Your Mother, The Moodys), Dan Sterling (Long Shot, The Interview, Girls, The Office, King of the Hill),  Tad Quill (Scrubs, The Moodys) and McHale.