From 'King of the Hill' to 'Touched by an Angel,' a look at what's back on Sundays

She got an Emmy nomination for playing Dewey’s babysitter on Malcolm in the Middle, and this season Bea Arthur guests on another Fox Sunday comedy, voicing Futurama‘s ”Femputer,” the leader of a society of man-killing Amazons. There’ll be no such animosity between pizza guy Fry and 31st-century fox Leela — they make it to the altar, and ”I’m not going to say what happens next, but it involves the Harlem Globetrotters,” spills exec producer David X. Cohen. Violence breaks out again on the Christmas show, though. ”There’s a lot of Santa Claus murdering and rampaging,” says Cohen. ”I know it’s going to be good because the Fox censors are very unhappy with it.” (Nov. 5)

The In Living Color alum will launch his own WB sketch show midseason — but not before doing 15 more episodes of his eponymous sitcom, thus reaching the magic syndication number of 100. The finale will feature the wedding of Jamie and Fancy (Garcelle Beauvais). Says Foxx, pictured, ”We’re going to end it on a bang.” So to speak. (Oct. 8)

Guest voices-a-go-go: Brendan Fraser as a slow-minded jock whom substitute teacher Peggy flunks, much to husband Hank’s chagrin (”His booster club and the whole town rises up against her,” says executive producer Richard Appel); Lisa Kudrow as office worker Dale’s stiff-necked new supervisor; Renée Zellweger as Hank’s scantily attired new coworker; Kathy Bates as a traffic cop who develops a crush on Hank; Snoop Dogg as a white wannabe gangsta pimp; and Shanghai Noon‘s Owen Wilson as a 26-year-old virgin who falls for Hank’s niece, Luanne. Plus, during a road trip to Austin, Hank moons Texas ex-governor Ann Richards. Guess George Dubya Bush was busy. (Nov. 5)

Richard Chamberlain alert! The Thorn Birds‘ randy priest appears in a dual role as a New York City socialite and his gold-mining great-grandfather in an 1893 flashback. Monica (Roma Downey) will also deal with such futuristic topics as ”What if there really is a Matrix?” hints exec producer Martha Williamson. ”But God is behind the curtain.” To quote Keanu Reeves: Whoa. (Oct. 1)

The cartoon enters its 12th season, and thankfully, Homer’s got plenty of high jinks left in him: He gets his thumb chopped off by Marge, starts a civil war when Springfield is split into two area codes, grows thinner after going on a hunger strike, and gets smarter after a crayon that’s been lodged in his brain since childhood is removed. Listen for the Who, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, and authors Stephen King, Amy Tan, and John Updike. ”What other cartoon can say that?” boasts creator Matt Groening of this literary coup. ”Perhaps Scooby-Doo.” (Nov. 5)

Eddie Murphy’s foamation series jumps from Fox to Frog. To reach the net’s target demo, the show is adding a 16-year-old female, Sharique, a runaway who is adopted by grumpy super Thurgood Stubbs. ”We’re thrilled to be on The WB,” says exec producer Tony Krantz. ”We think we can thrive there.” If not, there’s always UPN. (Debuted Sept. 10)

With Terminator 2‘s Robert Patrick morphing into Gillian Anderson’s new partner, the show’s skeptic/true believer dynamic continues, with a twist. After last season’s finale, ”Scully is seeing things in a different light — she’s able to take that leap of faith now,” explains Patrick. ”And I’m a total nonbeliever.” Spooky. (Nov. 5)

Newlywed law partners Bobby (Dylan McDermott) and Lindsay (Kelli Williams) may waste no time starting a family — a decision that will be dictated in part by Williams’ real-life pregnancy. Snippy assistant district attorney Richard Bay (Jason Kravits) becomes a regular, and one of his colleagues will get more screen time as well. Reports executive producer Bob Breech, ”We’re looking to expand Lara Flynn Boyle.” Feeding her a few hearty meals wouldn’t hurt. (Oct. 8)

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