Fox has recently taken a cautious approach to comedy development. Last year, they greenlit only three new shows, two of which were held back for mid-season. This is a result of scheduling difficulties (MLB playoffs take up a chunk of their Fall schedule), combined with the success of some longer running shows (The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man on Earth, and New Girl), but now that New Girl is likely cancelled, and Last Man on Earth may be winding down soon, Fox has to get a bit more aggressive.
Last year’s development season did Fox no favors. The Mick got renewed with decent Nielsen ratings, but Making History flailed and Son of Zorn is squarely on the bubble. With such a small comedy development slate, going only 1/3 is bit disappointing, and with only six pilots in the running this season, they’re going to need to find at least a few shows with legs. Have they set themselves up for success?