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Fox Premiere Dates

Fox Fall Premiere Dates: Empire, Lucifer, Lethal Weapon, Gotham and More

Fox is the fourth network (following The CW, CBS and NBC) to unveil its premiere plan for the 2017-18 TV season, and Seth MacFarlane’s live-action Star Trek spoof The Orville is getting an early NFL-boosted kickoff. 

Ahead of its formal time period debut on Thursday, Sept. 28 after Gotham, The Orville will launch with a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 17, immediately following the network’s NFL doubleheaders. 

On the returning show front, Lethal Weapon will christen its new Tuesday-at-8 perch on Sept. 26; Empire and Star are back Wednesday, Sept. 27; and Lucifer returns Monday Oct. 2, leading into the new mutant drama The Gifted.

On tap for midseason are new seasons of New Girl and The X-Files, as well as the freshman shows THE RESIDENT, 9-1-1 and LA TO VEGAS.

SUNDAY, SEPT 10 (immediately following NFL doubleheader)
8/7c THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 (immediately following NFL doubleheader)
8 pm THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 2)

8 pm Lethal Weapon 
9 pm The Mick
9:30 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine

8 pm Empire
9 pm Star

8 pm Gotham 
9 pm THE ORVILLE (Regular Time Period Premiere)

8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm The Exorcist 

7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers 
8 pm The Simpsons 
8:30 pm GHOSTED — Read our First Impression 
9 pm Family Guy 
9:30 pm The Last Man on Earth 

8 pm Lucifer 

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  1. Jerry says:

    Fox needs to stop airing things after football. The chances that Orville actually airs at 8pm those two days are slim to none.

  2. Greg says:

    I see The Gifted premiers in October… sigh
    Okay I’ll give it a chance but only because I low-key expect that Amy Acker’s character: 1. is important to the plot 2. is a mutant or some super powered being 3. Caitlin won’t die.
    It’s also possible that I sort of love X-Men.

  3. DreamRose311 says:

    What’s with everything waiting till the last week of Sept at earliest this year (not counting Orville “previews”)? Any chance ABC takes advantage and premieres at least a week early? Seriously, am I crazy or did things used to more often premiere at least mid Sept…

    • Bill says:

      No you’re not. I thought the same thing. Seems October is the new September. Probably debut them later so less repeats

      • WallE says:

        Also b/c a lot of shows now have shorter seasons, so they’ll start a few weeks later. (There are actually LESS repeats nowadays- as once the episodes play out, there’s often a mid-season replacement show waiting in the wings.)

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          Also, with actual original programming airing in summer (versus Happy Days repeats), less a rush to get the fall season started.

    • Brian says:

      There’s really nothing unusual about. Going back 20 years to the 1997 fall season Seinfeld and ER premiered September 25 and NYPD Blue on September 30 for example.

    • Dino says:

      the whole idea of starting later is to run the season later, thru May and as Gotham into June with the same stalls and endless repeats thru the winter

  4. kmw says:

    Orville may be getting a NFL boost but it wont last long. it is going to crash on Thursdays even though This is Us is no longer there. Lucifer still shouldn’t be leading into the Gifted and hopefully Thursdays wont kill Gotham

  5. Haz says:

    Why on earth is Lucifer moving up an hour? I love the show but it’s a little too raunchy to be airing that early. I don’t get Fox their ratings are in the toilet and yet they still make stupid decisions. Orville might get a football boost but look at what happened to 24. This won’t be as embarrassing as 24 but it will still look bad. Fox has some decent shows but they treat them like crap.

  6. ellajasper says:

    Well, good to know when Lethal Weapon will be on, that’s the only show I watch now on Fox.

  7. TVFan says:

    Fox must already see the writing on the wall for Orville. Special premiere nights and then move to Thursday under stiff competition…

  8. Bella says:

    They should have left Lethal Weapon on Wednesdays at 8 instead of moving it to Tuesdays at 8, opposite NCIS What a stupid decision.

  9. fightfan3 says:

    Does “immediately following NFL doubleheader” mean following the games or following “The OT”? tia

  10. DebG says:

    We have to wait until October for Lucifer? Why, oh WHY does FOX hate us?

    • Gertrud says:

      So true. Most probably they will not fit 26 eps as they announced few months ago either, with such a schedule!

  11. ReneCat says:

    Wish they hadn’t moved Gotham to Thursday! I have to rearrange my schedule….again. Btw does anybody know when ABC is going to release their fall airdates?

    • WallE says:

      Wow! You really need to get a DVR!!! That way you can watch shows on YOUR time, rather than rearrange your schedule around them…

  12. Joey Padron says:

    Bummer Lucifer’s new season will start in October but I’m excited for the new season as well of the new seasons of The Mick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham, and The Last Man On Earth. Looking forward to see the new shows The Gifted and Ghosted.

  13. Roxie says:

    I love Lethal Weapon but if Riggs doesn’t get that long piece of hair cut, I don’t know how much longer I can stay with it. It is distracting every 10 seconds that he pushes it out of his eye range. It is actually quite feminine for a tough cop to do. Maybe a hair clip would work.

  14. Nyasia white says:

    Why are they putting the shows so late I miss empire

  15. Debra L Hall says:

    So glad Empire is returning!!! Love this show!!!

  16. Debra L Hall says:

    Can’t wait for Empire!!! Just Love that show!!! Come on September!!!

  17. Mary Kelly says:

    Think Fox is making a mistake puting Lucifer on at 8 and a KIDS show on at 9 pm. REALLY think they have this backwards! Just hope Lucifer does not lose out because of Fox’s weird time slot! Kids shows come on early..tuck the rug rats in bed and it’s adult tv time =9 pm on

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  19. Sarah says:

    It’s so weird (and depressing) not to see Bones listed.

  20. Thomas P Kelly says:

    Lucifer is a really funny show. Still love criminal minds and svu.

  21. Daryl Roupp says:

    You cancelled APB because of ratings. Well I watch and willl miss it. I was looking forward to the next season. I know that alot of police officers loved the show as well. It was a Cop show you know. Give it a chance if it’s not to late please. Thank You.