May 07, 2013 1:34pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Mindy Project's' Ike Barinholtz, Bacon Brothers Set for Fox's 'FanFront' (Exclusive)
Fox has enlisted some familiar faces to host and perform at Monday's inaugural "FanFront" event.
The fan-focused RSVP-only gathering has set The Mindy Project scene-stealer Ike Barinholtz (Morgan) as its host and set musical guests The Bacon Brothers to perform live.
The event, created as a way to incorporate fans into the annual upfront week of network presentations to Madison Avenue ad buyers, is an attempt to help the network break through the clutter and expose new programming early to get a jump-start on building buzz that could make or break a show come the crowed fall schedule.
Those admitted to the New York event Monday will see stars from the network's yet-to-be-announced new shows as well as returning hits, The Following, New Girl, The X Factor, The Mindy Project, Bones, Glee, Raising Hope and American Idol.
The Following's Kevin Bacon and his composer brother, Michael Bacon, will perform at the event.
Talent scheduled to participate include: New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone; Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Zoe Jarman, Ed Weeks; Bones' David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel; Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Shannon Woodward; So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy; Glee's Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele; and The X Factor's Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato; MasterChef's Graham Elliot and Gordon Ramsay as well as stars from the upcoming freshman class of 2013.