LOS ANGELES -- Fox will officially launch its new fall season next month with "Cops" and the live premiere of "Roc," it was announced yesterday.
Fox Entertainment President Peter Chernin said the early start of several Fox shows will help the network avoid the "clutter" when more than two dozen new shows debut on the other three networks in September.
"Cops" will start its new season Aug. 15, followed by "Roc" Aug. 16. This episode will be the first of a full season of 22 live broadcasts from the Hollywood Center Studios of "Roc," the sitcom about a Baltimore garbage man, starring Baltimore's Charles Dutton. There has not been a weekly, prime-time series broadcast live since the late 1950s.