While we may not get a whole lot of new live-action programming, FOX has set season premiere dates for their animated lineup, which includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, and Bless the Harts.

By RohanPatel - Jul 22, 2020 01:07 PM EST
Filed Under: The Simpsons
Source: TV Line

Ahead of their virtual panels at Comic-Con@Home this weekend, 20th Television has officially set a premiere date for the return of their Sunday Animation Domination lineup, and despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it looks like at least one portion of Fox's fall schedule will be back to normal.

The Simpsons (Season 32), Bless the Harts (Season 2), Bob’s Burgers (Season 11) and Family Guy (Season 19) will all return with their respective season premieres on Sunday, September 27, starting at 8/7c. Fellow animated comedy, Duncanville, is slated to return midseason in 2021.

While a number of the network's biggest live-action series remain on an indefinite filming hiatus due to COVID-19, the aforementioned animated series were able to remain in production throughout the course of the lockdown and will have all-new, original episodes ready to air through the fall and likely into next year.

As for the rest of their lineup, FOX is betting big on the NFL being able to safely hold a full season to occupy their Sunday afternoons, which seems like a toss-up at this point. 

Weekday lineups will see drastic changes as the network will increasingly rely on a mix of already wrapped scripted and reality series, including Filthy Rich, NeXt, MasterChef Junior and Cosmos. They also recently picked up the Spectrum Originals series L.A.’s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba and wrestling will also be a prominent factor in their fall programming.

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dracula - 7/22/2020, 1:10 PM
Simpsons and Family Guy seriously need to end, they have been bad, much longer than they were ever good.
Time to bring in some new blood to create some shows
tmp3 - 7/22/2020, 1:11 PM
@dracula - It's worse for The Simpsons, since some of those early seasons are legitimately amazing, esp. when Conan was on the writing staff. Was Family Guy ever good? lol
dracula - 7/22/2020, 1:13 PM
@tmp3 - Well Family Guy was good in the original seasons, then it got cancelled, then when it got brought back, the problems of the modern seasons were there, but they were not as noticeable, and as time went on those flaws have become more and more obvious
tmp3 - 7/22/2020, 1:10 PM
The Simpsons should have ended 20 years ago
RandyOrtonLF - 7/22/2020, 1:54 PM
@tmp3 - off topic but Looking Glass op
dracula - 7/22/2020, 2:13 PM
@tmp3 - or at least end at the movie
Dredd97 - 7/22/2020, 6:15 PM
@tmp3 - Yeah. They should've just gotten the old writers together every few years to make movies, like they did with the first one. At this point it's just sad. Put it out of it's misery.
tmp3 - 7/22/2020, 6:16 PM
@Dredd97 - It's nice that so many of the people who made The Simpsons what it was wound up to do more interesting things, at least. Conan, Brad Bird, Greg Daniels, etc;
Modern day Simpsons is just baaaaad.
Dredd97 - 7/22/2020, 6:20 PM
@tmp3 - Right? David Silverman, Rich Moore, etc. have all gone on to work with Disney and Pixar in big ways. Mike Reiss book was hysterical. It's a shame what happened to the show, but at least we'll always have the golden era.
soberchimera - 7/22/2020, 1:13 PM
Wow, did American Dad finally get cancelled?
WackyBantha - 7/22/2020, 1:20 PM
@soberchimera - It's on TBS. Per wikipedia, their 17th season premiered on April 13, 2020. On January 15, 2020, TBS renewed the series for both season 18 and 19.
Saintsinnister - 7/22/2020, 1:27 PM
Every once in a while The Simpson’s has a good episode. I am part of the minority that still tunes in regularly. But the formula does get stale, especially now that they are dropping characters for being too cliche. That’s the point, every character is a cliche.
marvel72 - 7/22/2020, 1:29 PM
Family Guy, Aliens, Predator, Indiana Jones all need to be added to Disney Plus.
Nightwing1015 - 7/22/2020, 1:31 PM
Anytime anybody mentions the Simpsons everyone is like "modern Simpsons is garbage". But I think they're forgetting how good the movie was.

And yeah, that was a long time ago now. But to say the Simpsons was only good in the 90s would be to lie
MasterMix - 7/22/2020, 2:34 PM
The Simpsons season 32
AnthonyVonGeek - 7/22/2020, 2:44 PM
The Simpsons and Family Guy are 2 shows that used to be amazing but in all honestly they should have been cancelled years ago.
GeneralZod - 7/22/2020, 2:56 PM
Season 32??

GeneralZod - 7/22/2020, 3:06 PM
Someone help me remember ... the Sunday night FOX line-up on Sunday nights early 90s was

Simpsons 8 pm to 8:30 pm
Married With Children 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm
In Living Color 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

QuietStorm - 7/22/2020, 3:23 PM
@GeneralZod - I could be wrong but was XFiles on Sundays too?
Reeds2Much - 7/22/2020, 4:16 PM
@GeneralZod - 91/92 between 7 to 10 was Parker Lewis Can't Lose, In Living Color, Married with Children, and Herman's Head.
GeneralZod - 7/22/2020, 6:56 PM
@QuietStorm - Thursdays, i believe.
QuietStorm - 7/22/2020, 3:22 PM
Remember when they were going to do a Season 25 and that was going to be the end. And they'd just come back for Christmas and Halloween Specials....
Dredd97 - 7/22/2020, 9:26 PM
@QuietStorm - That would've been great. The season 23 ending, "Holidays of Future Passed" would've been a solid finale
billnye69 - 7/22/2020, 5:25 PM
90s and early 2000s was great for cartoons, sitcoms and Sci-fi shows. Now it's all trash. I can barley watch TV shows anymore, I watch 1 show a month on Netflix and that's all I can manage.

Can't believe Simpsons and Family Guy are still going.
Dredd97 - 7/22/2020, 6:17 PM
Read Mike Reiss' book "Springfield Confidential." It's an amazing look into the Simpsons golden era, and how it they wrote and structured the jokes and stories. It's so fascinating. It was a well oiled machine. A shame what it's become now.
Jacory - 7/23/2020, 8:50 PM
Naw ... forget what everyone else is saying. Simpsons is not as good as it use to be, but it's definitely not bad. They still come out with consistently good episodes sprinkled with some amazing episodes here and there. Logic: old Simpsons used to be like an 11/10 (legendary), but somehow new Simpsons which is really like a 7.5/10 automatically equals bad. I don't get people sometimes. lol
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