It's almost not fair for Fox to hold their Upfront presentation the same day as NBC's. The difference between the networks is night and day, with Fox premiering a handful of huge, splashy new shows while boasting their many existing hits and 7-years-at-number-one track record, while NBC is trying to bounce back from a completely failed 2010 programming slate with an entirely new one and only one certified ratings hit in The Voice. So, even though quite a few of Fox's new shows look abysmal, I really can't feel too sorry for them. Let's take a look at what's new.
Let's get this out of the way: Richard De Longpre (voiced by French Stewart) looks, talks and acts distractingly like Community's Dean Pelton. I had to re-watch the first few minutes of the Allen Gregory pilot a several times because instead of paying attention to anything in the opening party scene, I kept thinking about how awesome it would be if this was just Community: The Animated Series (which got me thinking about Sabrina: The Animated Series). But then I heard Jonah Hill's voice coming out of a sharply dressed seven-year-old, and I had to quash those dreams and pay attention to the task at hand.
Now that Jonah Hill is no longer strictly "the chubby kid from all the Judd Apatow movies" (as my parents describe him), he's ready to make his debut as a TV executive producer and writer in the animated series Allen Gregory. Premiering Sunday at 8:30 PM on Fox, the show is about seven-year-old Allen Gregory De Longpre, a pretentious little tyke who is forced to attend public school for the first time after his parents face financial troubles. Earlier this week, Hill took a media call to hype up his new gig, but it was a little more like pulling teeth than talking to a person who was really excited that their series was about to air. Below are the highlights I was able to extract.