Over the weekend at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, FOX decided to reward some of its hit series with early renewals. New musical drama Empire, Batman prequel series Gotham, and Golden Globe-winning comedyÂ Brooklyn Nine-NineÂ were all given orders for new seasons. Empire andÂ GothamÂ will be heading into their second years, whileÂ Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which moved to Sunday nights in Season 2 after a very successful first season, will be entering its third.
The 2014-15 TV season has been a rough one for FOX, as it has seen its, at one point, incredibly large and loyal audience slowly disappear, especially for shows that used to be bigger performers for them before, such asÂ Sleepy Hollow, New Girl, andÂ Glee, causing FOX to now become a fourth place network.Â Fortunately,Â Gotham and Empire, which just premiered this month but saw its ratings grow in its second week (for the record, that almost never happens for a freshman series),Â areÂ among the top five dramas on television when it comes to the coveted 18-49 demo. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, meanwhile, has continued to see its audience grow in its new Sunday night time slot and is up 17 percent from last season, the biggest year-to-year gain for any current series in its second season.
In addition to renewing these three series, FOX also officially announced that its liveÂ GreaseÂ musical will broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. eastern time, and that it will starÂ Dancing With the StarsÂ alum Julianne Hough andÂ High School MusicalÂ vet Vanessa Hudgens as Sandy and Rizzo, respectively. Hough’s post-DancingÂ credits include 2011’sÂ FootlooseÂ and the big-screen adaption of the hit musicalÂ Rock of Ages, while Hudgens has starred in films like Sucker Punch,Â Spring Breakers,Â and Machete KillsÂ since graduating from herÂ High School MusicalÂ role of Gabriella.
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