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Fox, NBC fall TV schedules include ‘Empire,’ ‘This Is Us,’ more

Ben McKenzie will reprise his role in

Ben McKenzie will reprise his role in "Gotham," which will air Thursday nights on Fox. Photo Credit: FOX / Jessica Miglio

Both Fox and NBC have announced their fall TV schedules, with news of surprise cancellations, time shifts for some big hits and the addition of some heavy hitters.

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will star in his first on-screen series role next fall, Fox announced Monday, and Craig Robinson of “The Office” will star in a new comedy for the network.

On the midseason front, Will Ferrell will produce a workplace comedy called “LA to Vegas” about a “no-frills” airline and starring Dylan McDermott, while Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”) and Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”) will co-star in a medical drama titled “The Resident.”

And on the cancel/renewal front: Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” is done (after just two seasons), along with “Sleepy Hollow.” “New Girl” will return midseason for its final season.

Quickly, here’s the lineup:

Monday: “Lucifer” (8); “The Gifted” (9), another Marvel entry about a family with mutant kids, starring Stephen Moyer.

Tuesday: “Lethal Weapon” (8); “The Mick” (9); “Brooklyn Nine-nine” (9:30).

Wednesday: “Empire” (8); “Star” (9).

Thursday: “Gotham” (8); “The Orville” (9), with MacFarlane as captain of the Orville, a galaxy-hopping spaceship (with Adrianne Palicki as his first mate).

Friday: “Hell’s Kitchen” (8); “The Exorcist” (9).

Saturday: College football

Sunday: NFL (7); “Bob’s Burgers” (7:30); “The Simpsons” (8); “Ghosted” (8:30), the Robinson comedy, also with Adam Scott, about a pair of L.A. ghostbusters; “Family Guy” (9); “The Last Man on Earth” (9:30).

Meanwhile, in a nod to the past and to a once-dominant “Must-see TV” Thursday lineup, NBC will air the “Will & Grace” revival on its old night. Freshman hit “This Is Us” will move from Tuesday to Thursday with “Great News,” the new Andrea Martin comedy, also joining the Thursday lineup. Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris will separately host a pair of game shows midseason.

Here’s the lineup:

Monday: “The Voice” (8); “The Brave” (10), with Anne Heche, as leader of a group of America’s elite undercover military heroes.

Tuesday: “The Voice” (8); “Superstore” (9); “The Good Place” (9:30); “Chicago Fire” (10).

Wednesday: “The Blacklist” (8); “Law & Order: SVU” (9); “Chicago P.D.” (10).

Thursday: “Will & Grace” (8); “Great News” (8:30); “This Is Us” (9); “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” with Edie Falco in an eight-part dramatization of the 1989 murders.

Friday: “Blindspot” (8); “Taken” (9); “Dateline NBC” (10).

Saturday: “Dateline” (8); “SNL” repeats (10)

Sunday: “Football Night in America” (7); “Sunday Night Football” (8:20)

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