Fox, NBC present next season’s schedules

Zooey Deschanel, second from left, stars as Jess, an offbeat girl who — after a bad breakup — moves in with three single guys on “New Girl,” premiering this fall on Fox.

Both Fox and NBC introduced their 2011-12 lineups to advertisers yesterday, kicking off the television networks’ annual upfronts, a week of presentations in which they use new programming to attract ad dollars.

Though pickups of Fox pilots, including the Zooey Deschanel-led sitcom “New Girl” and J.J. Abrams thriller “Alcatraz,” were leaked last week, the confirmed schedule announced yesterday includes a total of four new comedies, three new dramas and the most anticipated new unscripted series of the year, Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.”

NBC is adding 12 new series next season: six dramas, including an adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Firm”; and six comedies, including “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” inspired by the Chelsea Handler book.

For full coverage of the Fox and NBC schedules, video previews and all the broadcast networks’ upfront announcements, read Amber’s blog, TV Picks.



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