If you are like me (and I’ll have to assume you are, since I’m Joe Everyman) then you spend a lot of your time watching Fox. Fox consistently owns the second half of the year with American Idol and does well in the key male demographics with 24 and Prison Break, but many of its other shows struggle in getting off the ground. So if you were Fox, what would you change? Here is what Fall ’07 looks like for the little network that could.

Canceled – The Winner, Standoff, Drive, The War at Home, The O.C., Justice, Happy Hour, The Rich List, Vanished, The Wedding Bells, The Loop

Returning –Til Death, House, Bones, The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad, America’s Most Wanted, Cops, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, American Idol, 24, Prison Break

A lot of these were gimmes. Drive was canceled after about a week and The O.C. called it quits earlier this year. Justice died a long time ago, as well. But there was one sweet, sweet moment here on this list, when I finally read the line I’ve been dying to see; The War at Home is over! I know, I celebrate a different cancellation for each network, but this one really is the best. I’ve never been so happy to see a show go. That was the most painfully awful pile of garbage I’ve ever laid eyes on, and I may start sleeping better and getting myself on a healthier schedule now that I know it’s gone forever. (Continue reading for new shows)

New Shows

Back To You – This cleverly titled comedy centers around a big-time news anchor (Kelsey Grammer) who makes a big-time gaffe and gets sent back to his old small market station, where he has to work along side his ex (Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond). It’s also starring Fred Willard, which means I’m going to watch it until it gets lousy. I’d follow that man to hell and back. Wed., 8 pm

K-Ville – Too soon? This drama takes place in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, where an undermanned police force has to try and keep the peace in a city full of criminals. It’s starring Anthony Anderson of Kangaroo Jack fame. Mon., 9 pm

Kitchen Nightmares – Gordon Ramsey, the British asshole behind Hell’s Kitchen, now travels all around the country screaming at people in their own restaurants. Apparently, he’s trying to save restaurants that are on the brink of failure, but I’m sure there will be plenty of screaming. And I’m not sure he’s really an asshole, but he does scream a lot at people. Thur., 9 pm
Nashville – From the people who brought you Laguna Beach, a show you’ll never admit that you’ve secretly watched to see what all the hype was about and then found yourself actually getting caught up in it, only to then dismiss it to your friends by saying “Psh, its all just fake anyway,” comes Nashville. It focuses on attractive twenty-somethings who have moved down there to make it big in the music biz. Fri., 9 pm

New Amsterdam – A cop drama with a twist–the cop is actually hundreds of years old! Through some sort of immortality serum, I assume, he’s been given life everlasting, and now he’s sick of it all and taking it out on the criminals of New York City. Tues., 8 pm

The Search for the Next Great American Band – American Idol for whole bands. Fri., 8 pm

Canterbury’s Law – Julianna Margulies (E.R.) is a defense attorney who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the wrongfully accused, even if that means bending the rules a little. The very same rules that she defends. I just wrote that catchy summary and I hope Fox uses it in promos. Thurs., 9 pm, Spring

The Return of Jezebel James – The lovely Parker Posey (Best in Show) is a book editor who gets her little sister, Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under, to carry her baby for her. A midseason comedy, so it’s still in the works, including the title. Wed., 8:30 pm, Spring

The Rules for Staring Over – 4 friends, including The Office’s Rashida Jones, learns that the dating game changes quite a bit after the ripe old age of 30! Reportedly, Jones’ full-time occupation starring in her very own show is a bit of foreshadowing on tonight’s Office finale. Spring

The Sarah Conner Chronicles – Last but certainly not least, in terms of hype, is the new Fox action-drama series that takes place in the gap between Terminator 2 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Watch as Sarah (Lena Headey, 300) and John Conner (Thomas Dekker, Claire’s old friend Zach on Heroes) fight to defend Earth from the coming Cyberdyne annihilation of mankind. This is the most talked about new show of the Fox season, though it won’t be seen until Spring. Sun., 9 pm

A lot of new shows coming to Fox next year, and a few of them seem watchable. Also of note is that Bones is moving to Spring, and 24 got picked up for 2 more seasons. That ends upfronts week! I hope you’ve had as much fun reading these rundowns as I have spending massive amounts of time compiling data and writing them for you. Leave us some love in the comments section telling us what you think about some of these new shows–I’d like to see what our readers plan on checking out next season for all of the networks we’ve covered.

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