Ahead of its upfront presentation next week, FOX has apparently made decisions about the fate of some shows. The network renews Kiefer Sutherland's drama "Touch" for a second season, but gives the boot to two struggling freshmen, J.J. Abrams' drama "Alcatraz" and "Bones" spin-off "The Finder".
To fill the slots in next TV season, FOX has picked up three comedies ("It's Messy", "Ben & Kate" and "The Goodwin Games"), a serial killer thriller ("The Following") and a drama ("The Mob Doctor").
"Messy" is created by and stars "The Office" actress Mindy Kaling. It follows her young Bridget Jones-type OB/GYN character as she tries to navigate both her personal and professional life. Ed Helms and Bill Hader are enlisted as guest stars.
"Ben & Kate", which is based on the life of writer/executive producer Dana Fox's brother Ben, stars Dakota Johnson as a single mother who gets an assist from her brother (Nat Faxon) who moves in with her to help raise her baby. The project was previously known as "Ned Fox Is My Manny".
Coming from "How I Met Your Mother" scribes Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, "Goodwin Games" has Becki Newton, Scott Foley and Jake Lacy starring as siblings who inherit their late father's fortune only if they agree to his terms.
"Following" revolves around an incarcerated and diabolical serial killer (James Purefoy) who taunts the damaged FBI profiler (Kevin Bacon) who captured him by recruiting an army of deluded followers.
As for "Mob Doctor", it is a drama about a young female thoracic surgeon (Jordana Spiro) who is split between two worlds as she juggles her career and her lifelong debt to the South Chicago mob. William Forsythe, Zach Gilford, Jaime Lee Kirchner and James Carpinello join the cast.