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Read on for details of the new shows in the FOX lineup for 2007-08:



Back To You

Genre: Comedy
Airs: Tuesdays at 8pm
Cast: Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), Fred Willard (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Josh Gad (Mary and Joe), Ty Burrell (In Good Company), Laura Marano (Without A Trace)
Description: In the 90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: Chuck Darling (Grammer) and Kelly Carr (Heaton). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry ... at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of a self-centered womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed. But after an embarrassing on-air tirade ended up on the Internet, Chuck found himself on the downswing career-wise. He even questioned whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels was as exciting as it used to be. So when he got the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Back in Pittsburgh, Chuck has a new coworker in Ryan Church (Josh Gad), the overstressed news director. There are also familiar faces like Marsh McGinley (Willard), the affable, endlessly inappropriate sports anchor, and Gary Crezyzewski, pronounced Kre-shoov-ski (Burrell), the perennially put-upon field reporter who always seems to get left out in the snow. But, mostly, there's Kelly, now a single mum to 10-year-old Gracie (Marano). There was magic between them once. Can they find it again?



Canterbury's Law

Genre: Drama
Airs:Thursdays at 9pm from January 2008
Cast: Julianna Margulies (ER), Linus Roache (Batman Begins), Ben Shenkman (Pi), Trieste Dunn (United 93), Jocko Sims (Dreamgirls)
Description: A courtroom drama about a rebellious female defence attorney who's willing to bend the law in order to protect the wrongfully accused. Elizabeth Canterbury (Margulies) is a force of nature. An attorney on the rise, she puts her career on the line to take on risky and unpopular cases, even when they take a toll on her personal life. Elizabeth and her law professor husband Matthew Canterbury (Roache), haunted by the disappearance of their young son, have settled in Providence, Rhode Island, in an attempt to distance themselves from the tragedy and put their relationship back together. But those goals become elusive whenever Elizabeth's work provides a stark reminder of the justice absent in their own lives. At the office, Canterbury has surrounded herself with a brilliant but motley crew of attorneys. Russell Cross (Shenkman) was forced out of the Providence District Attorney's Office when he went toe-to-toe with his morally bankrupt boss, D.A. Zach Williams. His reputation tarnished, Russell turned to Canterbury, the only attorney willing to take him in. Now Russell provides a much-needed voice of reason for Canterbury even when she doesn't want to hear it, his position of influence well-earned by their years of friendship. Chester Fields (Sims) and Molly McConnell (Dunn) are the associates rounding out Canterbury's legal crew. Chester is a blue-blooded congressman's son who is embarrassed by his privileged upbringing and has turned his back on politics. Molly, in contrast, is headstrong, passionate and quick to take sides even if she finds herself in the opposite corner from Canterbury.



K-Ville

Genre: Drama
Airs: Mondays at 9pm
Cast: Anthony Anderson (The Departed), Cole Hauser (The Break-Up), Maximiliano Hernndez (Law & Order), Blake Shields (Sleeper Cell), Tawny Cypress (Heroes), John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac)
Description: A heroic police drama set in New Orleans. Two years after Katrina, the city is still in chaos. Many cops have quit, and the jails, police stations and crime labs still haven't been properly rebuilt. But the cops who remain have courage to burn and a passion to reclaim and rebuild their city. Marlin Boulet (Anderson) is a brash, funny, in-your-face veteran of the NOPD's Felony Action Squad, the specialized unit that targets the most-wanted criminals. Even when his partner deserted him during the storm, Boulet held his post, spending days in the water saving lives and keeping order. Now he's unapologetic about bending the rules when it comes to collaring bad guys. Boulet's new partner, Trevor Cobb (Hauser), was a soldier in Afghanistan before joining the NOPD. He's tough and committed, but if he's less than comfortable with Boulet's methods, it's because he's harboring a dark secret. Cobb has come to New Orleans seeking redemption, but redemption can be dangerous. Will Boulet be able to trust him? Will Cobb's past endanger them both? Rounding out the crew of cops are hotheaded Billy "K-9" Faust (Hernndez), who often speaks before thinking; wisecracking Jeff "Glue Boy" Gooden (Shields), the team's comic relief; tough-as-nails Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau (Cypress), the only female on the squad, who gives as good as she gets; and Captain James Embry (Carroll Lynch), who wrangles the eclectic personalities of his squad with equal parts humour and tenacity.



Kitchen Nightmares

Genre: Reality
Airs: Thursdays at 9pm
Cast: Gordon Ramsay
Description: Hell hath no fury like an angry chef, and no chef has a sharper temper than Gordon Ramsay when things go wrong in the kitchen. This time, Chef Ramsay hits the road in each episode, tackling a restaurant in crisis and exposing the stressful realities of trying to run a successful food business. Kitchdn Nightmares reveals a whole new side to Ramsay. He's still prone to the explosive outbursts and spectacular confrontations familiar to fans of Hell's Kitchen, but he also shows his sensitive and nurturing side, a unique blend of fury, passion, inspirational leadership and tough love that can coax a small spark of talent into a roaring flame. There's no time for polite small talk as Ramsay embarks on his mission to turn things around. If the wine waiter's service isn't up to par, he'll be out the door before he can say "merlot." If the head chef doesn't match up to Ramsay's expectations, Ramsay will hammer him into shape, and if he can't stand the heat, he may quit the kitchen. Ramsay's reputation is on the line, so there's bound to be high blood pressure, raised voices and serious clashes as he attempts to do the impossible: turn a deserted dining room into the most sought-after venue in town in just a week.



New Amsterdam

Genre: Drama
Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm
Cast: Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Kingdom of Heaven), Zuleikha Robinson (Rome), Alexie Gilmore (Find Love), Stephen Henderson (Law & Order: SVU)
Description: The story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other. He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret he is immortal. In 1642, John Amsterdam (Coster Waldau), then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam later to become New York City stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native Indian girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality. But Amsterdam has found this to be a mixed blessing. Over the course of three centuries, he's experienced endless adventure and honed his many talents. But everyone Amsterdam meets must leave him in time; lovers and children die while he remains young. His sole confidant and current lifelong friend is the sage jazz club owner Omar (Henderson), the keeper of Amsterdam's secret, as well as a few of his own. As the exhilaration of eternal life has given way to emotional isolation and bitter loneliness, Amsterdam discovers the blessing has become a curse. Bringing to bear the unorthodox techniques and unique knowledge gained from his vast life experience, Amsterdam today is one of the NYPD's best homicide detectives, sparring with his vibrant, strong-willed partner Eva Marquez (Robinson) as they solve difficult murder cases. But when Amsterdam suffers and then recovers from what appears to be a massive heart attack while chasing a suspect, and Dr. Sara Dillane (Gilmore) pronounces him dead in the ER, he realises that the Indian girl's prophesy may have come true he felt the pain in his heart that she had foretold so long ago. His soul mate must have been nearby. As he works to find a killer on the streets of New York, Amsterdam understands that his own life and possibly his death have changed forever.



The Return of Jezebel James

Genre: Comedy
Airs: Wednesdays at 8.30pm from January 2008
Cast: Parker Posey (For Your Consideration), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Scott Cohen (Kissing Jessica Stein), Michael Arden, Ron McLarty (Law & Order)
Description: Can two estranged sisters, polar opposites, live together when one agrees to carry the other's baby? Sarah Thomkins (Posey is a bright, optimistic, determined woman who seems to have it all a great job as a children's book editor, an eager-to-please assistant, Buddy (Arden), who helps keep her life together, and a no-strings-attached personal relationship with successful businessman Marcus Sonti (Cohen). Nevertheless, as her father, Ronald (McLarty), is constantly pointing out, something is missing from Sarah's life. Her hard work may garner accolades, but when she goes home at night, she is very much alone. All too aware that she isn't getting any younger, Sarah decides to have a baby on her own and gets the shock of her life when the doctor tells her she can't get pregnant. Having no concept of the term "can't," Sarah wills herself to execute a plan. With nowhere else to turn, Sarah sets up a meeting with her quirky younger sister, Coco (Ambrose), and proposes a plan for Coco to carry her baby. They haven't seen each other in a while, and Coco refuses to go along with such a huge favour. But something happens when Sarah mentions that she's turned Coco's imaginary childhood friend, Jezebel James, into a children's book. Even though she doesn't say so out loud, Coco is clearly touched, and, realising that her current living situation sharing a couch with her friend's sick dog isn't working out, Coco decides that this just might be worth a try.



The Rules For Starting Over

Genre: Comedy
Airs: Spring TBD
Cast: Craig Bierko (Cinderella Man), Rashida Jones (The Office), Johnny Sneed (The Guardian), Shaun Majumder (24)
Description: From the creatively fruitful minds of the Farrelly Brothers comes a single camera comedy, set in Boston, about a group of newly single friends learning the painful lessons of starting over in their 30s. They'd all love to get remarried, if they could just find their true loves. Jack "Gator" Gately (Bierko) is a charismatic, optimistic leader who never expected to be single again. But now that he is, he's determined to make the best of it. He's going to sift through all the bruised, damaged, occasionally psychotic fruit until he finds "the one." Joining Gator in bachelorhood redux is his thrice-divorced best friend Tommy (Sneed). The founder and brewmaster of an upstart microbrewery, Tommy has a voracious appetite for food, beer and women. He falls in love easily and always disastrously, yet truly hopes his fourth starter marriage will be "the one." Dr. Freddy Sahgal (Majumder) has seen some pretty strange stuff during his years as a successful surgeon, but he's never seen any of it through the eyes of a single man. Probably the least equipped of the group to handle this unexpected life change is Dr. Freddy, who can execute a triple bypass in his sleep, but is all thumbs when it comes to the opposite sex. Rounding out the group is Kate (Jones), a smart, successful attorney who handled all three of the boys' divorces. Having just turned 30, Kate finds herself dumped after a seven-year engagement. She reluctantly joins the guys in negotiating the treacherous waters of dating. Kate owns the brownstone next to Gator's. Over time, this pair may find that "the one" is just a brick wall away.



The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Genre: Drama
Airs: Sundays at 9pm from January 2008
Cast: Lena Headey (The Brothers Grimm), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy), Summer Glau (Serenity)
Description: An intense new drama based on the celebrated heroine of the Terminator movies: Sarah Connor. At the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah vanquished the liquid metal Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future, and the present, could attack at any moment. This series reveals what happens when Sarah (Headey) stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life, and perhaps the world. Her son, 15-year-old John Connor (Dekker), knows that he may be the future savior of mankind, but is not yet ready to take on the mantle of leadership that he's told is his destiny. John finds himself inextricably drawn to Cameron (Glau), an enigmatic and otherworldly student at his high school, who soon proves to be much more than his confidante she assumes the role of Sarah and John's fearless protector. On their trail are not only threats from the future, but an intelligent and tough FBI agent, James Ellison (Jones), who soon becomes a powerful ally.



The Search For The Next Great American Band

Genre: Reality
Airs: Fridays at 8pm
Cast: N/A
Description: What American Idol did for individuals, The Search For The Next Great American Band is going to do for musical groups. The producers of American Idol will conduct the ultimate search for an undiscovered band. The Search For The Next Great American Band is scouring the country, seeking groups from all musical genres who think they have what it takes to make it big. Judges will narrow down bands from all walks of life musicians of different ages, family acts, garage bands, etc. to 10 semi-finalists, who will perform in front of a live studio audience. Viewers then will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite bands. The final three acts will compete for a major recording contract and the chance to become music superstars.



Nashville

Genre: Reality
Airs: Fridays at 9pm
Cast: TBD
Description: A high-stakes, high-drama docu-soap set in "the biggest small town in America". The show focuses on the dreamers and dream-makers in the music industry, as well as those trying to make their mark on Nashville's big business and high society. The series features a diverse, vibrant young cast perched on the cusp of achieving their greatest successes in a town that can make you or break you. Talent, power, drive, love and hope are the fuel that makes Nashville burn bright and makes this unique place the true embodiment of the American Dream. Behind every song there's a story waiting to be told, and there are many such stories in Nashville.


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