FOX opened its day at the Television Critics Association summer press
tour with a flurry of announcements. The big stories include Glee casting two new actors for season 4
and American Idol's expansive new auditions strategy
. But the network also revealed plans for another season of MasterChef
, making its comedies available online and a new slate of high-profile actors lending their voices to animated shows.
MasterChef Season 4
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FOX is heading back to the kitchen next summer as Gordon Ramsay's second reality cooking competition, MasterChef
, has been renewed for season 4. The show is currently in season 3, though after this week it will take two weeks off due to the Olympics.Comedy Online
Continuing the popular trend of debuting new shows online before they air on TV, FOX will offer a two week sneak peek at its new comedies Ben and Kate
and The Mindy Project
starting Monday, August 27. The pilot episodes of both shows will be available on FOX.com, Hulu and many other online platforms. Both shows premiere on FOX Tuesday, September 25.
FOX is also teaming with Yahoo to stream the entire first season of New Girl
during August. Starting Monday, July 30, six episodes of the first season will stream each week at tv.yahoo.com. New Girl
will anchor Tuesday nights this fall starting September 25 with new episodes at 8pm and 9pm.Who's Getting Animated?
FOX also announced its impressive slate of guest stars for its Sunday night animated shows. Here's a brief rundown of the big names who will lend their voices this fall.The Cleveland Show
: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars are members of a secret hip-hop society. Modern Family
's Sofia Vergara tries to help Cleveland throw a quincenara. Parks and Recreation
's Nick Offerman will be a sexist department store owner. And Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
's Krysten Ritter will play an actress who they meet when Cleveland's family moves to California.The Simpsons
: New Girl
's Zooey Deschanel will voice Bart's long-lost love in New York. Steve Carell is Homer's bowling buddy who works as a mob accountant. Bob's Burgers
: Zach Galifianakis is a depressed window dresser pining for his estranged wife. Real-life couple Nick Offerman and Meghan Mullally will voice a couple of hippie farmers.Family Guy
: In addition to Johnny Depp reprising his role as Edward Scissorhands in a cameo, guest voices for the upcoming season include Mad Men
's Jon Hamm, actor Ryan Reynolds and TV producers J.J. Abrams, Mark Burnett and Dick Wolf.American Dad
: Danny Glover will voice a Christmas demon while other guest stars include Castle
's Nathan Fillion, Buffy
's Sarah Michelle Gellar, Harry Potter
's Rupert Grint, Community
's Alison Brie, Mad Men
's Jon Hamm and Always Sunny
's Charlie Day.(Image courtesy of FOX)