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Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and The Resident medical drama were renewed by Fox for the 2020-2021 TV season. They join three new series and a dozen renewals announced last week.

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A psychological thriller called Next; a southern family soap starring Kim Cattrall and Gerald McRaney; and Jerry Bruckheimer's L.A. Finest police drama, developed for Spectrum cable, will premiere this fall on Fox Broadcasting.

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Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

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It's not just a TV sitcom. It's literature reflecting our culture.

That's what former Fox Broadcasting executive Nick Belperio teaches in his "Evolution of TV Comedy" course at the University of Cincinnati.  Over 15 weeks, he discusses the social, historical and cultural impact of "I Love Lucy," "Modern Family," "All In The Family," "M*A*S*H," "Maude," "Murphy Brown," "Roseanne," "30 Rock," "The Goldbergs," "The Office" and even "The Flintstones," "Gilligan's Island" and "Get Smart."

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With Fox's "Second Chance" on the bubble for renewal, Alexandria native Ciara Bravo will star in "To The Bone," an independent movie with Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins and Carrie Preston filming soon.

She also will appear in "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," scheduled to open in theaters May 20, days after Fox reveals its fall TV lineup and cancelations.

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When “American Idol” begins its final season Jan. 6-7, Fox will revamp Tuesdays, add Ciara Bravo’s “Second Chance” to Wednesdays and bench “Empire,” “Gotham,” “The Last Man On Earth,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bones” and “Rosewood.”

The midseason retooling starts Sunday, Jan. 3, with the premiere of two comedies, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life” (8:30) and the animated “Bordertown” (9:30 p.m.).

The highly anticipated reboot of “The X-Files,” with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, airs 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, after the NFC Championship game on Fox. 

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On this day 29 years ago, the long-awaited “fourth network” began competing with the three-decades TV monopoly of ABC, CBS and NBC.

Fox Broadcasting launched  “The Late Show” hosted by comic Joan Rivers on Oct. 9, 1986.

Prime-time programming would not begin until the following April with a Sunday night lineup featuring “Married… with Children,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “21 Jump Street,” “Duet” and “Mr. President.”

I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize the significance when WXIX-TV program director Patrice Mohn told me in summer of 1986 that Channel 19 had picked up Rivers’ show for fall.