Adding to the already exciting roster of hit programming, City and OMNI welcome new additions to their mid-season schedules. Please see additional details below.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
Empire (s/FOX): 9 p.m. ET on OMNI 2, 10 p.m. MT on OMNI AB, 9 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
Musical legend Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, The Butler) has risen from a teenage drug dealer to become the head of Empire Entertainment. But when he is diagnosed with a fatal illness, he must choose between his three sons to lead the company, pitting them against one another. However, things become complicated when his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson, Person of Interest), is released from prison, and demands half the company.
Friday, Jan. 16
World’s Funniest Fails (s/FOX): 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City
Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) hosts this new unscripted comedy World’s Funniest Fails. The irreverent one-hour series is based on the hit YouTube channel, FailArmy, which showcases the best “epic fail” viral videos in the most entertaining ways possible. Each week, a panel of comedians will analyze the videos which have exploded across the Internet, with the goal of awarding one with the ultimate “Fail of the Week” title.
Thursday, Jan. 22
Backstrom (s/FOX): 9 p.m. ET/PT, moving to Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (in post) the following week (check local listings) on City
Backstrom is a subversive and comic crime procedural about an unhealthy, offensive, irritable – albeit brilliant – detective, Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson, The Office), who is brought back from exile to run the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit (S.C.U.). Tasked with navigating the city’s most sensitive and serious cases, Backstrom must solve each crime as he tries, and fails, to change his own self-destructive ways. To no one’s surprise, his return is far from well-received, especially by his commanding officer. Backstrom’s second-in-command and the person who supervises the day-to-day operations of the S.C.U. is Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson, House of Lies) – the ambitious and optimistic yin to Backstrom’s yang. Meanwhile, Gregory Valentine (Thomas Dekker,Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who serves as Backstrom’s tenant, decorator, and underworld connection, has a genuine fondness for the abrasive cop. Using his dark instincts and peculiar abilities, Backstrom always manages to outsmart his foes, manipulate his peers and, with the help of his eccentric team, solve the case. The series is created and executive produced by Hart Hanson (Bones).