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Fox adds four dramas, two comedies

US broadcast network Fox has picked up six scripted series for its 2019/20 season, including a thriller fronted by Mad Men’s John Slattery and an adaptation of an Australian drama.

One-hour drama Next comes from 20th Century Fox Television, Zaftig Films and Fox Entertainment. It stars Slattery as a Silicon Valley pioneer who discovers that one of his own AI creations might bring about a global catastrophe and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight it.

Sisters (working title), meanwhile, is based on the original Endemol Shine Australia series of the same name from Jonathan Gavin and Imogen Banks.

It follows three women who discover they’re related when their father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of 100 children.

Sisters will be produced by Universal Television in association with Endemol Shine North America and Fox Entertainment. The original show aired on CBS-owned Network Ten in Australia.

Fox has also picked up cop drama Deputy, a show that “blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity,” according to the network.

From Entertainment One, it begins after the Los Angeles County Sheriff dies, when an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts an unlikely fifth-generation lawman into the job.

Another new Fox show, Prodigal Son, comes from Warner Bros Television, Berlanti Productions and Fox Entertainment and stars Tom Payne alongside Michael Sheen.

Claiming to offer a “fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone,” it follows the son of a notorious serial killer who uses his inherited twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes.

Alongside the four dramas, Fox has picked up two comedies: Outmatched and animated series The Great North, both of which come from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment.

Outmatched is described as a family comedy about a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and who are raising four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses.

The Great North, meanwhile, will feature the voices of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte and Dulcé Sloan. It follows the Alaskan adventures of a single dad who does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close.

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