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Fox Adds 3 Shows For Fall 2021

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Elodie Yung stars as a former Cambodian doctor working in the U.S. criminal underworld in 'The Cleaning Lady,' a midseason Fox drama.

Fox will add three new dramas to its fall TV lineup and, like NBC, hold most of its rookie shows until midseason.

Fox's popular The Masked Singer will be paired Wednesday with Alter Ego, a singing competition in which contestants will "reinvent themselves" and "show how they've always wanted to be seen" instead of performing "as themselves."

On Tuesday night, Lawrence Otis Graham's book, Our Kind Of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class, will be adapted into a one-hour drama by Empire creator Lee Daniels. Our Kind Of People, set in Martha's Vineyard, stars Morris Chestnut and Yaya DaCosta.

The other series, The Big Leap, stars Scott Foley and Teri Polo in an ensemble drama about people wanting to "change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show."

Fox jumpstarts the fall TV season in August with an updated revival of Fantasy Island with Roselyn Sanchez as Elena Roarke, a descendant of the iconic Mr. Roarke.

Being held for midseason are Call Me Kat, Hell's Kitchen, Lego Masters, Beat Shazam, Masterchef, Mental Samurai and Duncanville.

The NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 30, will be used to launch Monarch, a multi-generational soap about a fictional "first family of country music." No casting was announced.

Other new dramas in the pipeline are The Cleaning Lady, about a Cambodian doctor (Elodie Young) working in the U.S. criminal underworld, and a new crime anthology called Accused. Midseason comedies include the animated Krapopolis from Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon; Welcome to Flatch, about a small U.S. town filled with eccentrics; and Pivoting, about three impulsive Long Island women (Maggie Q, Eliza Coupe and Ginnifer Goodwin).

Next year Fox viewers will see Gordon Ramsey's new Next Level Chef; Domino Masters with Eric Stonestreet; Crime Scene Kitchen; and Don't Forget The Lyrics! with Niecy Nash.

Bless The Harts, Prodigal Son, Filthy Rich and Last Man Standing have been canceled. Fox has not made decisions on the Masked Dancer, Game of Talents or The Moodys, the Hollywood Reporter says.

THE LINEUP (New programs in bold):

SUNDAY: 7 p.m., NFL On Fox; 7:30 p.m., The OT/sitcom reruns; 8 p.m., The Simpsons; 8:30 p.m., The Great North; 9 p.m., Bob's Burgers; 9:30 p.m., Family Guy.

MONDAY: 8 p.m., 9-1-1; 9 p.m., The Big Leap.

TUESDAY: 8 p.m., The Resident; 9 p.m., Our Kind Of People.

WEDNESDAY: 8 p.m., The Masked Singer; 9 p.m., Alter Ego.

THURSDAY: 8 p.m., Thursday Night Football.

FRIDAY: 8 p.m., WWE's Friday Night Smackdown.

SATURDAY: 8 p.m., college football.

For more information, see the Fox 2021-22 TV season announcement.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.