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Fox Is Taking Its J.J. Abrams, Mitch Hurwitz and Jason Bateman Projects To Series!!

I am – Hercules!! Fox doesn’t announce its fall slate until Thursday, but producers of “Fringe,” “Sit Down, Shut Up” and “The Inn” have apparently already learned the netlet is taking their pilots to series. “Fringe,” from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot (“Alias,” “Lost”), is about a hot FBI girl who teams with a troubled scientist to investigate a growing wave of paranormal activity. “Sit Down, Shut Up,” from Mitch Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), is an animated sitcom about a dysfunctional high school faculty. “The Inn,” whose pilot was directed by Jason Bateman, is about a fancy New York hotel’s staff. It was created by “Arrested Development” writer Abraham Higginbotham and stars Jerry O’Connell (“Carpoolers”). There’s also word that Fox is ditching its Kelsey Grammar broadcast-news sitcom “Back To You.” Read all of Variety’s story on these matters here.

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  • May 11, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Back to You definitely gone

    by zacdilone

    No great loss.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by therobcat

    I'm glad talented people are getting their due.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Whats the over/under on any of these shows? 6-8 episodes I imagine. Glad Back To You is going off air though...then I can go back to remembering Kelsey Grammer fondly as Frasier Crane and not some hack sharing a laugh track with Pat Heaton.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    make the FBI chick Kristin Bell

    by BlackJackBauer

    and make the characater Veronica Mars

  • May 11, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    The Inn had me up until

    by SilentP

    Jerry O'Connell. Goddamn do I hate Jerry O'Connell.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Fox's lineup

    by soup74

    now, if fox will stick to building on these shows, i think they'll start making a line-up that can compete with the big three networks.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Coming this Fall!!!!

    by Thrillho77

    Mitch Hurwitz gets butt fucked again!!! Will he be the Andy Richter to Fox's NBC? Tune in to find out!

  • May 11, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Why clone X-files with Fringe...just call it X-files

    by Shub-Wankalot

    Abrams is laughing all the way to the bank, convincing the studio hotshots about his original concept of a paranormal duo investigators. He's stretching his credibility as a writer and becoming a hack in short order.

  • May 11, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by supersize

    wasn't the first paranormal investigators show and it's damn sure not the last

  • May 11, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    They're ditching "Back to You?" NOOOOOO!

    by Yeti

    How will Kelsey Grammar keep his Trophy Wife in the style she's become accostomed to? (Those boob-jobs and chemical peels aren't cheap you know!) <P> And how will right-wing wing-nut Patrica Heading be able to weigh in on issues that don't concern her without having a current project to sell to get on talk shows in the first place? <p> Oh, the humanity!

  • May 11, 2008, 7 a.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Let me guess...when a liberal nut like Alec Baldwin or Barbara Streisand weighs in on issues that don't concern them, it's OK then?

  • May 11, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    i miss Arrested Development

    by Smoke Monster Loves Kate


  • May 11, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Netlet? Skein!

    by Napoleon Park

    Doesn't Fox already have an X-Files clone called Bones?

  • May 11, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    That Everybody Loves Raymond Bitch Needs to Go AWay!

    by BigTuna

    She's a right-wing nut-job! She had the nerve to film an ad against stem-cell research of any kind.

  • May 11, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    make the FBI chick Rachel Nichols

    by snowpuff

    It doesn't matter who the character is.

  • May 11, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by rhcp2sweet

    I have faith in Mitchell Hurwitz, however there is no doubt he's going to get fucked royally by those greedy bastards at Fox. I'm still hoping for an Arrested Development movie.

  • May 11, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Watched AD last night as a tribute...

    by Thrillho77

    "Do these effectively hide my thunder?" Says Tobias while wearing a speedo over cutoff jean shorts...

  • May 11, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Count me in

    by INWOsuxRED

    as someone who hates Jerry O'Connell. I just want to punch the TV when I see his hideous plastic face.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    make the FBI WOMAN Catherine Bell

    by chromedome

  • May 11, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I'll watch anything Abrams makes

    by BurgerKing

    ITS TRUE dont care what anyone says

  • May 11, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Kristin & Veronica & FBI = YES!

    by arzbest

    Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars:FBI would make me so very happy! :) Problem is, it'd be on F (3 epsiodes and gone) OX. Better than the CW? You be the judge!

  • May 11, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    FOX is doing it right lately

    by zooch

    They've hired the best guys working in television to make shows for them, Ronald D. Moore's "Virtuality", Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse", and now J.J. Abrams' "Fringe". I'm pretty pumped for all of them.

  • May 11, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Yes, we need Alec Baldwin and Rosie to tell us how to vote...

    by Epsilon

    How else would we know that Rosie "Man-Bear-Pig" O'Donnell and her girlfriend really need to be supported in their right to adopt children and wear "truck driver" haircuts?

  • May 11, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    It;s funny about the stem cell research debate

    by Han Cholo

    Because when a high profile right-winger is saved by the benefits of stem cells, they are going to do a total 180 and act like they championed research all along. Trust me, it's going to happen.

  • May 11, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    My favorite celebrity political line...

    by Thrillho77

  • May 11, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by Thrillho77

    Accidentally hit "enter"... <p><p> Anyway, it's "Start thinking for yourself!!!" But how is it thinking for yourself, if you're being convinced by a celebrity.<p> Does not compute

  • May 11, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development... you are missed....

    by Judge Briggs

    Please don't leave us 30 Rock!

  • May 11, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    No matter how many times....

    by TVguy4566

    You say that Fringe is about a hot FBI agent, it doesn't change the fact the actress who plays the role is average looking at best.

  • May 12, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    The Inn will be cancelled despite its genius

    by J-Dizzle

    Arrested Development syndrome.

  • May 12, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Fuck Patricia Heaton

    by Boromir

    Fuck her nun sister too. And fuck any idiot jackass who thinks that O'Donnell's haircut is somehow in the same league of thought as stemcell research.

  • May 12, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by mraig

    The correct past project to put beside Jerry O'Connell's name in parentheses is "Sliders". "Sliders".

  • May 12, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Since when does

    by Series7

    Ever not pick up a pilot?

  • May 12, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Let's look into the Time Viewer...

    by Kid Z

    ... to about October 6, 2008.... "After running for three episodes, FOX has cancelled The Fringe, The Inn and Sit Down and Shut Up. The series will be replaced with 2 extra nights of American Idol and reruns of Family Guy, which was cancelled and reinstated 5 time in the last three months.

  • May 12, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Sorry meant to say when does Fox.

    by Series7

  • May 12, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Patricia Heaton has no belly button???...

    by Kid Z

    ...What, is she some kind of artificially-cloned lifeform? Or is she She-Jesus? Shesus???