‘Accused,’ ‘Alert: Missing Persons Unit’ Renewed at Fox
Fox is beefing up its scripted series roster for the 2023-24 season.
The network has renewed first-year dramas Accused and Alert: Missing Persons Unit for second seasons. The two shows, which bowed in January, have found decent-sized audiences and get substantial viewing on streaming platforms.
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Alert will also have a new showrunner in season two, with Carla Kettner (The Blacklist, Bones) taking over for co-creator John Eisendrath (who will remain an executive producer).
“Accused and Alert stand out as two of this season’s new broadcast and multi-platform success stories,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “Looking to 2023-24, we’ll continue to deliver on the powerful storytelling coming from both series, building on our incredible partnership with Sony and further solidifying Fox’s strong slate of dramas, giving our schedule tremendous season-to-season stability.”
Both series are co-productions between Sony Pictures Television and Fox Entertainment. Accused, based on a BBC series, is a courtroom anthology — featuring a different cast in every episode — that follows a case through the defendant’s eyes and reveals through flashbacks how they landed in court.
The series debuted after an NFL playoff game and racked up 14.6 million viewers in the five weeks after it premiered. For the season to date, Accused is averaging 7.5 million viewers across all platforms.
Alert stars Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez as leaders of the Philadelphia Police Department’s missing persons squad; the cast also includes Adeola Role and Ryan Broussard. The show also got a post-NFL premiere (coming out of a regular-season game) and scored 8.5 million viewers over 35 days; for the season, it averaged 6.7 million multi-platform viewers.
In addition to Gordon, Accused’s executive producers are Alex Gansa, David Shore, Glenn Geller, Erin Gunn, All3Media America’s Jacob Cohen-Holmes and All3Media International’s Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams, Roxy Spencer and Louise Pedersen, along Frank Siracusa and John Weber. McGovern created the BBC series.
Eisendrath and co-creator Jamie Foxx executive produce Alert; Kettner will also exec produce season two.
Accused and Alert join fellow Fox drama The Cleaning Lady in securing renewals for the 2023-24 season. The network has also handed out multi-season pickups for its long-running animated series Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and The Simpsons and renewed yet-to-air animated shows Krapopolis and Grimsburg ahead of their debuts.
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