Newswire: Upfronts 2015: Fox expands its Empire, destroys and rebuilds its empire

Unhappy with its fourth-place viewership ranking among broadcast networks, Fox is pinning its fall 2015 hopes on five new shows, including Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens and its series adaptation of Minority Report. Fox’s co-chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced Fox’s schedule at its 2015-2016 upfront presentation, in which it also announced an expanded 18-episode season of Empire, to be split between the fall and midseason schedules. The previously announced X-Files reboot is still on, but won’t premiere until the midseason.

Don’t let Cookie Lyons fool you: Fox occupies the most precarious position of any broadcast network going into its 2015 upfront presentation. Empire‘s record-breaking success is the television industry’s biggest story of the year so far, but Fox stumbled so badly in the fall, not even Cookie’s rising tide could lift Fox out of fourth place. Outside of Empire, Gotham was …

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