FOX Fills Out Summer Schedule

FOX will fill its summer schedule with a slate of mostly familiar shows — and it will also take a low-risk stab at original scripted programming.

A new season of Hell’s Kitchen and the returns of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don’t Forget the Lyrics will join So You Think You Can Dance in the network’s summer lineup. FOX will also unveil a scripted series called Mental on Friday nights, having picked up the international co-production earlier this month.

Those shows, combined with new episodes of Cops and America’s Most Wanted, will give the network original programming on five nights a week (Tuesday through Saturday) for at least part of the summer.

So You Think You Can Dance will kick things off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, May 21, and will pick up its usual Wednesday-Thursday schedule the following week. Mental, which stars Chris Vance as a psychiatrist at an L.A. hospital and Annabella Sciorra as his boss, debuts Friday, May 22 at 9 p.m., following the return of Don’t Forget the Lyrics.

New episodes of Fifth Grader will take over Fridays at 8 starting July 3, and the next installment of Hell’s Kitchen fires up its burners on Tuesday, July 21. FOX will also broadcast the Teen Choice Awards in August.

Here’s a rundown of FOX’s summer premieres:

Thursday, May 21

8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

Friday, May 22

8 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics
9 p.m. Mental

Wednesday, May 27

8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (time-period debut; two hours)

Friday, July 3

8 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Tuesday, July 21

8 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (two hours)

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