Fox has announced its final schedule for its fall and winter season lineups, including the return of favorites like Prison Break and new shows based on beloved franchises like Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist. For the first time in the network's history, 90 percent of new programming coming to the network is considered an original series, according to a press release.
The Exorcist, based on William Friedkin's iconic 1973 horror film, will follow two priests tasked with ridding one unlucky family's demonic plights. According to Fox, the series will be a psychological thriller and will focus primarily on the tension between the two priests who approach exorcism from very different angles. Alfonso Herrera (Sense 8), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) are set to star with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) set to direct the pilot.
Lethal Weapon, which Fox had previously announced it would be ordering, will be a broken down adaptation of the 1987 film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The show will follow brash detective Martin Riggs, played by Clayne Crawford (Rectify), and the more seasoned officer Roger Murtaugh, played by Damon Wayans, Sr. (In Living Color) as they learn to work with one another to solve crimes in Los Angeles.
Following its trend of appealing to audiences' nostalgia, the mid-season schedule will see the return of Prison Break, although there's currently no word on when, and the new 24 series, Legacy.
In an attempt to bring as many viewers as possible to the new 24 series, Fox has announced that it will premiere with a special two-night event. The first episode will air right after Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m. ET with the second episode airing the following night at 8 p.m. ET. The Monday placement also marks the regular timed slot for the rest of the show's season.
On top of the new series airing this fall on the network, including an animated show called Son of Zorn that stars Jason Sudeikis, Fox also confirmed that some of its most popular programs would be returning. Bob's Burgers, Bones, New Girl, Lucifer, Gotham and The Simpsons are just a handful of examples.
A list of all the new series, their descriptions and what time they'll air can be found here.