Fox Doubles Down on Familiar Funny Faces After Axing ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Adam Salandra

Fox is ending its famous Tuesday night comedy block after eight years and is replacing it with a sitcom lineup on Friday nights that will be anchored by Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing — freshly revived after being canceled by ABC in 2017.

LA to Vegas is the only single-camera comedy left standing at the network after a bloodbath of cuts last week, including the cancellation of The Mick, The Last Man on Earth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (But don’t worry, that last one was then miraculously saved by NBC. Confused yet?)

But the network is still banking on making you laugh with the addition of three new sitcoms, including Last Man Standing.

One of the fresh new comedies heading to Fox is full of familiar (and beloved) faces. The Cool Kids stars classic TV veterans David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Martin Mull (Roseanne), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, American Horror Story), and Vicki Lawrence (Mama’s Family, The Carol Burnett Show) as a group of friends in a retirement community who are looking to make the final chapters of their lives the best yet. The sitcom will be part of the new Friday comedy block, airing at 8:30 after Last Man Standing.

The other new sitcom stars a more recent addition to the comedy world — Lil Rel Howery, fresh off his scene-stealing role in last year’s Get Out. REL will be based on the comedian’s life and will find him playing a Chicago father whose world is turned upside down after he discovers his wife is having an affair with his barber. In the series, which will air on Sundays after the network’s animated block, Howery has to learn how to adjust to becoming a long-distance dad while jumping back into the dating pool, not to mention beginning a quest to find a new man to cut his hair.

The biggest change at Fox will be the addition of Thursday Night Football in the fall, pushing Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville into a midseason return on December 30. Gotham will also be held until the winter after being picked up for a fifth and final season over the weekend. But comic book fans will have something to tide them over — the network’s X-Men drama The Gifted is returning, but moving to Tuesday nights before Lethal Weapon (with new lead Seann William Scott).

The network will also eventually introduce several midseason dramas, including The Passage and Proven Innocent, as well as the second iteration of Cosmos, Possible Worlds.

The network’s schedule is getting a big makeover when autumn hits, with changes being made to every night of the week except for Wednesdays, which will continue to air Empire and Star. Check out Fox’s full 2018 fall schedule below:


8-9 p.m. — The Resident
9-10 p.m. — 9-1-1


8-9 p.m. — The Gifted
9-10 p.m. — Lethal Weapon


8-9 p.m. — Empire
9-10 p.m. — Star


7:30-8 p.m. ET/4:30-5 p.m. PT — Thursday Night Football Pregame Show
8 p.m.-CC ET/5 p.m.-CC PT — NFL Football


8-8:30 p.m. — Last Man Standing
8:30-9 p.m. — The Cool Kids
9-10 p.m. — Hell’s Kitchen


7:00-10:30 p.m. — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football


7-7:30 p.m. — NFL On Fox
7:30-8 p.m. — The OT / Fox Encores
8-8:30 p.m. — The Simpsons
8:30-9 p.m. — Bob’s Burgers
9-9:30 p.m. — Family Guy
9:30-10 p.m. — REL 

Adam Salandra
Adam Salandra is an Entertainment Editor for FANDOM. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog pup or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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