OF THE dozens of projects pitched to US networks for the 2015-2016 season, a handful of them have already been given the green light.
Starting in September, viewers will witness the return of Eva Longoria and “X-Files” as well as the arrival of Jennifer Lopez.
US networks will officially announce, the week of May 11, which new shows will make up their programming for next season.
NBC and Fox have already revealed a portion of their selections.
Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez on NBC
Fall 2015 is kicking off strong with the premieres of “Telenovela” and “Shades of Blue”, two NBC series that will star Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez respectively.
The former “Desperate Housewives” star will be back in front of the cameras as a soap opera star whose life off-screen is as tumultuous as on her show.
J-Lo will play a single mother and detective recruited by the FBI for an anti-corruption taskforce.
Opposite her, Ray Liotta will play a shady police chief.
Rob Lowe, already star of the small screen, will have to deal with the end of the world in “Apocalypse Slough”, a show about the last days of mankind.
When they learn that a comet is on a collision course with earth, a group of ordinary people hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.
The network will also air “Emerald City”, a project it had already attempted to premiere last year.
Originally envisioned as a modern and dramatic re-imagining of “The Wizard of Oz”, the show will take 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 dog to a dark Oz, closer in feel to “Game of Thrones” than the land of the yellow brick road, where she will find herself at the heart of an epic battle.
‘X-Files’ returns to Fox
Like “Heroes”, “Twin Peaks” and “Full House”, “X-Files” is also readying its return to television.
In the summer of 2016, agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder will once again investigate paranormal activity in what is being billed as a six-episode event series.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles.
After “Glee”, Ryan Murphy will continue his collaboration with the network via “Scream Queens”.
Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin will star in this horror anthology set on a campus rocked by a wave of murders.
Fox is also adding “Houdini and Doyle” to the programme, a crime drama inspired by the real life friendship between the illusionist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
For the sake of fiction, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will team up to solve cases peppered with supernatural elements.
David Shore, the creator of “House”, will helm the 10-episode first season.