Friday nights beginning on Nov. 8 are all-new when BONES moves to a new night and time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) kicks off an all-new hour of comedy, followed by the series premiere of the new sibling comedy ENLISTED (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.
The release date chess game of the Oscar-bait autumn films continues. After some exuberant test screenings, Fox Searchlight is moving the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave to a limited platform release that will begin October 18. The original plan for the film backed by New Regency and River Road was to start the limited platform release in late December. They felt it could thrive in the fall, instead of waiting for winter.
Fox has put out a press release for the next/last two RH episodes this season, 3×21 “Burt Mitzvah – The Musical,” and 3×22 “Mother’s Day.” The episodes will air on Thursday, March 28, from 9 to 10 pm ET.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
**ONE-HOUR SEASON FINALE**–“RAISING HOPE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
BURT GETS MUSICAL (AND KOSHER) ON THE SEASON THREE FINALE OF “RAISING HOPE” THURSDAY, MARCH 28, ON FOX
Burt’s parents (Guest stars Shirley Jones and Lee Majors) come to town with the surprising news that he actually is Jewish. So Burt takes a musical crash course in his newfound heritage to prepare for the Bar Mitzvah he never had. Then, it’s a Mother’s Day to remember as Burt and Barney take a road trip to Maw Maw’s childhood home and discover that her mother may still be alive. Multiple generations of crazy gather under one roof in the special all-new one-hour “Burt Mitzvah – The Musical/Mother’s Day” season finale episode of RAISING HOPE airing Thursday, March 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Cast: Lucas Neff as Jimmy; Martha Plimpton as Virginia; Garret Dillahunt as Burt; Shannon Woodward as Sabrina; Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw, Gregg Binkley as Barney.
While Fox has hit some ratings potholes this season, the network believes in its strongest freshman contenders, renewing “The Mindy Project” and “The Following” for second seasons.
Fellow comedies from Fox’s Tuesday night lineup “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” were also renewed for third and fourth seasons, respectively. “Mindy Project” pickup is a big win for producer Universal TV and its efforts to broaden its production activity beyond Peacock nets.
Episodes 3×19, “Making the Band” and 3×20, “The Old Girl” air tonight at 8 and 8:30 pm. Everyone from Earl is back in the first ep and Hilary Duff guests in the second one.
(And completely OT: If you have HBO, check out Parade’s End at 9. Nothing to do with anything here, except it’s best thing the admin has seen on TV in years.)
Back to Fox. Here are some previews:
The Chances’ birthday party for Hope gets a lift from former rock star Smokey Floyd and a group of Natesville residents. In the second half-hour, Sabrina’s new pal happens to be Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend who broke his heart when they were teens.