Fox previews The Big Leap during Network Upfronts

(Simone Recasner and Raymond Cham Jr. in the new Fox musical drama, The Big Leap.)

Fox has debuted its trailers for the Fall’s new comedies and dramas for the 2021-22 TV season, including the Scott Foley-led, Chicago-based series, The Big Leap.

Charlie Collier, CEO, Fox Entertainment, did the unveiling of the network’s slate to the national advertising community during its virtual Upfront Presentation.

That included the Glee-like series, The Big Leap, which was filmed at Cinespace and the Rialto Theater in Joliet late last year and earlier this year. The series will air on Mondays from 8 PM to 10 PM CST.

The series is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (The Passage, Friday Night Lights), director/executive producer Jason Winer (Modern Family) and executive producer Sue Naegle (The Plot Against America), the show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.”

Inspired by a U.K. reality format, The Big Leap is an innovative show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of self-acceptance and empowerment at any age.

The series stars Scott Foley (Scandal), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents franchise), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Coyote Ugly), newcomer Simone Recasner, Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jon Rudnitsky (Catch-22), Raymond Cham Jr. (Five Points), Mallory Jansen (Galavant), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family) and Anna Grace Barlow (The Goldbergs). Watch the trailer below:

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“We are presenting a fall lineup that builds upon Fox’s legacy of bold stories and truth-telling-characters; stories that meet and reflect the cultural moment. Fox believes it’s a time for series that offer hope and to speak to American audiences with themes of reinvention and second chances,” Collier told the audience.

He adds, “Alongside our programming focus, we are forging ahead with a clear, 100% ad-supported vision. Fox’s acquisition of free-ad-focused Tubi has allowed us to expand our broadcast offering, bringing scale across both linear and streaming, all without any paywalls or subscriptions.  This is a strategy that deepens Fox’s relationship with our audience and advertising partners, and it will continue to set Fox apart.”

Television’s #1 network for the second year in a row, is adding four new dramas, two new comedies, four new unscripted series and one new animated comedy to its lineup, tapping into themes such as renewal, second chances and reinvention.

As FOX goes broad, its free, AVOD streaming service, Tubi, is going deep with 140+ hours of original programming next season that speaks to viewers’ passions.

Tubi’s original programming will include original documentaries from FOX Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from Bento Box Entertainment; and premium independent-minded titles across Black Cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and western genres.

(All Times ET/PT)

8:00-9:00 PM                          9-1-1
9:00-10:00 PM                        THE BIG LEAP (new series)

8:00-9:00 PM                          THE RESIDENT
9:00-10:00 PM                        OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (new series)

8:00-9:00 PM                          THE MASKED SINGER
9:00-10:00 PM                        ALTER EGO (new series)

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