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Peter Rice On Overseeing 20th TV, Repairing Fox-20th Relationship, New Structure’s Origins, Joe Earley’s Future

By | Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 5:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Peter Rice On Overseeing 20th TV, Repairing Fox-20th Relationship, New Structure’s Origins, Joe Earley’s FutureOne aspect of Fox’s executive restructuring that saw 20th Century Fox TV chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman add oversight of the broadcast network has been largely overlooked – the move also means a promotion for Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice, whose star at 21st Century Fox has been rising. He had been overseeing Fox and the company’s cable networks, but 20th TV had been under the purview of 21st Century president and COO Chase Carey. With the two units coming together, reporting also is being streamlined, with Walden and Newman reporting to Rice, who will take oversight of 20th Century Fox TV for the first time. Rice has production experience on the film side as former head of Fox Searchlight but this is his first venture into TV producing.

Rice said he was “excited” about the new challenge but  downplayed his bump. “It really is a promotion for Gary and Dana,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them, they’re a fantastic executives who have run the studio for 15 years. I have lots to learn from them about the TV studio.” Rice did not have any notes on how the studio has been run and does not plan to make changes now that he is in charge. “I think the studio will operate very much in a business-as-usual manner, both selling to other … Read More »

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L.A.’s Share Of Total Pilot Production Falls Below 50% For First Time Ever

L.A.’s Share Of Total Pilot Production Falls Below 50% For First Time EverRunaway production and new broadcasting strategies have really cut into one of the backbones of Los Angeles’ TV industry, a new report out today from FilmL.A. says. For the first time since records have been kept, the home of Hollywood’s share of total pilot production has fallen below 50% according to the nonprofit local-permitting organization. In fact, with a 6% drop from 2012/2013, the total share for 2013/2014 is 44%. The closest things have gotten to that bad before was in 2010/2011 when the share was 51%. “Overall, Los Angeles retained only 90 projects (19 one-hour dramas and 71 half-hour comedies) out of 203 tracked during the ‘13/’14 development cycle.” bluntly notes FilmL.A. “Needless to say, it is a very far cry from L.A.’s record 82 percent share in ‘06/’07,” adds the 2014 Television Pilot Production Report (read it here). The report also notes that this is the first time that NYC has topped L.A. in terms of being the No. #1 location for 1-hour TV drama pilots with 24 such projects in the Big Apple compared to 19 in the City of Angels.

imgres-12__130108220458__130410052538__131008175926-1__140306175215This report comes one day before the California state Senate is set to hold its first hearings on legislation to expand the Golden State’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program. While no dollar figure has yet been attached to the multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act, it passed the state … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday June 1, 2014 @ 6:21pm PDT

Get up to speed with Deadline’s top TV stories of the week:

mad men season 7 midseason finale‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned
By Dominic Patten
If you thought Matthew Weiner was going to let a teaser or spoiler slip for the upcoming final episodes of Mad Men next year, think again. “Can’t tell you that, you got to watch” is all the creator of AMC’s acclaimed series has to say on that front. “You’ll have to see how we bring it all together,” the reticent producer adds.

Kevin Reilly’s Departure Signals Start Of ‘Pick A Replacement’ Derby, With New Rules
By Lisa De Moraes
This morning’s confirmation that Kevin Reilly was stepping down as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcast Co. ends weeks of speculation he would exit in the wake of the March promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James to co-COO at 21st Century Fox, giving him oversight of, among other properties, the Fox broadcast network. When the dust settled back then, Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice, to whom Reilly reported, would now report to James Murdoch instead of president/COO Chase Carey.

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Outgoing Fox Chief Kevin Reilly On Why He Is Leaving, The State Of Fox & What’s Next (Job At Turner?)

true-detective‘True Detective’ Season 2: More Details Emerge As Casting Rumors Intensify
By Nellie Andreeva
The True Detective follow-up season has become the TV equivalent of the latest Star Wars sequel, with closely guarded and wildly speculated about script and casting process. Read More »

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Kevin Reilly’s Departure Signals Start Of ‘Pick A Replacement’ Derby, With New Rules

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 4:19pm PDT

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198This morning’s confirmation that Kevin Reilly was stepping down as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcast Co. ends weeks of speculation he would exit in the wake of the March promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James to co-COO at 21st Century Fox, giving him oversight of, among other properties, the Fox broadcast network. When the dust settled back then, Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice, to whom Reilly reported, would now report to James Murdoch instead of president/COO Chase Carey.

Related: Kevin Reilly Steps Down As Fox Entertainment Chairman

“He had to make a move,” one industry exec speculated, of Rice in the wake of the March shuffle.

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DeadlineNow: Kevin Reilly’s Exit & Fox’s Future (Video)

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 1:56pm PDT
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Fox Broadcasting Chairman Kevin Reilly Steps Down

The announcement today of Fox Broadcasting Chairman Kevin Reilly's departure from the network after seven years raises questions about a reboot as Deadline's Dominic Patten explains.

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Outgoing Fox Chief Kevin Reilly On Why He Is Leaving, The State Of Fox & What’s Next (Job At Turner?)

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 1:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Speculation about a Kevin Reilly departure from Fox, which had been simmering for months, flared up after the network’s upfront presentation 10 days ago, with many who attended describing Reilly as detached in his delivery on stage. In a brief interview today, I asked Reilly about that performance. “It was my 11th broadcast upfront, it was probably hard for me to do it again but it wasn’t for lack of belief in the product, I was probably thinking about the future.”

Related: Kevin Reilly Steps Down As Fox Entertainment Chairman

FOX's 2014 Programming PresentationThat future will involve television. Despite joking about getting a call from State Farm Insurance, Reilly insists that “I’m going to stay in the television business.” He added that there is nothing pending but now, with his resignation from Fox in effect, he can explore options. “It is an interesting landscape, with opportunities, both present and evolving.” Would he consider another broadcast job? “Never say never,” he said, adding, “I don’t see that as the next stop.” As for what that next step will be, speculation is that he may succeed Steve Koonin as president of Turner Entertainment Networks, bringing him back to cable where he had a very successful run at FX.

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Departing Fox Boss Kevin Reilly Urges “Don’t Go Back To Pilot Season” In Memo

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119In a memo to the Fox staff, the network’s outgoing Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly reflected on his years in “the worst best job in the world” running a broadcast network and also touched upon his last big initiative at Fox, which he only introduced in January and hasn’t been able to see through — getting away from pilot season. Here is the memo:

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To my friends and colleagues:

I have decided to resign as Chairman of Entertainment at FBC, effective at the end of June.

While difficult decisions have to be made every day, none have weighed more heavily on me than this. The inspired FOX leadership, coupled with your commitment to excellence at FBC, has provided one of the most rewarding chapters in my life.

I love TV. Always have. Since my mother told me to stop sitting so close and watching so much.

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Kevin Reilly Steps Down As Fox Entertainment Chairman

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

reillyKevin Reilly is exiting his post as Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Co. The move, which comes with two years left on his current contract, comes amid a major ratings downside for the network and growing speculation during the past couple of months that he might depart after the end of the season. Reilly already shifted a significant part of his responsibilities to COO Joe Earley in March when the network’s development, previously reporting to Reilly, started to report to Earley, who could be a part of a succession plan, likely in the short run.

Related: Departing Fox Boss Kevin Reilly Urges “Don’t Go Back To Pilot Season” In Memo

fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119Reilly will remain at Fox for the transition and is expected to depart before the end of June, with his senior executives reporting to Peter Rice, chairman and CEO of Fox Network Group, until a replacement is found. (Rice also has been rumored to eventually move up at Fox, possibly returning to the film side.) slew of names are expected to start popping up, including 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden, who had long been rumored and possibly courted for a big job at the network, and another top executive in the Fox TV family, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, … Read More »

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Fox’s Kevin Reilly On ‘Idol’ Format Changes, ‘Glee’ & ‘Gracepoint’ Endgame Plans

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 7:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In an upfront call today Kevin ReillyKevin-Reilly-1__140114035309-275x463 confirmed our story that American Idol will reduce its hours and change its air pattern for the upcoming fourteenth season. Touting a “more streamlined” format, he said that Season 14 will be 37 hours, about two-thirds of the current run of close to 60 hours. Next season will likely kick off with the traditional twice-weekly pattern during the audition rounds before transitioning to a “two hour show on one night for most of its run,” Reilly said. He also confirmed that “we’re getting good indication from all” of the current judges that they will return next season. Reilly dismissed a notion that Fox is looking for an Idol turnaround. “It will not come back to being the rating champion it once was but…  it can be a vital, potent unscripted show in its time period, like CBS’ Survivor,” he said. “That’s the mode we’re in and we believe [Idol] will be on the air for many years to come.”

Related: Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

Fox_Broadcasting_Company111004142957-200x101__140124200121Also on the call, Reilly confirmed that Sleepy Hollow’s second season would consist of 18 episodes that will air mostly uninterrupted. The order for new Batman prequel series Gotham is for 16 episodes. “It hasn’t been written in stone tablets that TV has to be done in 13 and 22-episode increments,” Reilly quipped, adding, “We handcraft them here at Fox.”

Reilly hinted the possibility that the final season order for Glee, currently at 22 episodes, could be trimmed, especially with the show not on the fall schedule. “We’re going to sit down and talk [with exec producer Ryan Murphy] about how to end the show and how many that is,” he said. He also confirmed that the network’s upcoming remake of the British drama Broadchurch, event series Gracepoint, will have a different ending than the original.
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Fox’s Abolishment Of Pilot Season: Practical Guide To How Will It Work

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 8:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox is switching to the cable development model. That is the takeaway from today’s announcement by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly that the network will be bypassing pilot season this year and going forward. I sat down with Reilly to discuss how the changes will be implemented and what it means for writers, actors and agents.

Related: TCA: Kevin Reilly Declares Fox Is Abandoning Pilot Season

First, “we are abandoning pilot season, not pilots,” Reilly stressed. “Pilots still are a helpful tool, especially on the comedy side where the alchemy is fragile, and you really Kevin Reilly 1need the casting to inform your decision on the project.” But going forward, “we will be ordering pilots geared towards series,” he said. That means picking up fewer pilots, which is the cable model. “Instead of making 10 pilots hoping to get one series on the air, I’d like to make it more 1-to-1 ratio,” Reilly said. That means fewer pilot roles for actors but a better chance for those who get pilots to get on the air. The switch also means likely buying fewer scripts, Reilly said.

Related: Kevin Reilly Stands Up For Broadcast Vs. Cable, Defends New Comedy ‘Dads’, Reflects On Mike Darnell’s Departure

This will be a transitional year as Fox has a stockpile of scripts, some of them with big commitments. “There will be a few more drama pilots ordered in the next month or so, with another half dozen pushed forward for the next cycle with further investment,” Reilly said. That involves a pilot order plus backup scripts and/or funds for a writing staff, or, in some cases, just extra scripts and a bible for a straight-to-series consideration. On the comedy side, “we’ll have a leaner slate, we will order a few more pilots.” There is no mandate for any of those fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119to be ready in May for fall consideration, though, if magic strikes and a pilot comes quickly and knocks it out of the park, it could make it on the 2014-15 schedule. Expected to be on the schedule are Fox’s current pilots, drama Gotham and comedies Fatrick and Cabot College (Matt Hubbard), with Reilly expected to formalize their series orders next month. With those three, plus comedy series Mulaney and drama series Hieroglyph and Ben Affleck’s The Middle Man, there will be no much shelf space for new series anyway, especially as Reilly said he wanted to bring back most of the network’s current series and only has 15 hours of primetime versus 22 for the other major nets.

Related: 2014 Fox Pilots
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TCA: Fox’s Kevin Reilly Declares His Network Is Abandoning Pilot Season

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 11:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox chairman Kevin Reilly opened his executive session with a R.I.P. sign “Fox  Pilot Season 1986-2013″ and stated that the network will not adhere to the traditional pilot season starting this year. “We are going to be bypassing pilot season,” he said, later referring to the old system as “a welfare state.” “The broadcast development system was built in different era with three networks and is highly inefficient. It is nothing ripshort of a miracle talent can still produce anything of quality in that environment,” which he said includes ordering a ton of pilots, then screening them and making a decision over a two-week period, with the producers of the newly picked up series tasked with delivering a series on the air in six weeks.
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Reilly pointed to Lost co-showrunner Damon Lindelof’s comments last week that the slow-cooking development season in cable, where he works now on his HBO series Leftovers, is superior to broadcast, and said he fully agrees with him. “Every first-season show needs a course correction and reshoting,” he said, noting that one of cable’s biggest hits, FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, recast its lead and reshot a large chunk of the pilot, arguing that the broadcast model would’ve … Read More »

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Fox Pushes Diversity As Business Model At Invite-Only Confab

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 7:57pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Execs at the home of Sleepy Hollow, Glee and The Mindy Project had a message today for showrunners and agents: Diversity is the new ka-ching. “Not only are you going to have more chances of a show being made here, more chances of a show being a success on TV, more chances of making it into syndication, more chances of a show selling globally and making you millions of dollars, but you are going to bring more viewers to our air and keep us in business,” Fox Broadcasting COO Joe Earley told a group of the company’s brass, as well as agents, producers, and media coalitions. Usual good intentions aside, that good-for-business mantra was the primary thrust of the third annual invite-only confab, called “Seizing Opportunities” this year.

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And the Zanuck Theater on the Fox lot certainly had a lot of people who do business with each other on hand Thursday. Earley co-hosted the event with Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly; Fox TV’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman; Fox Animation’s Vanessa Morrison; FX’s John Landgraf, Eric Schrier and Nick Grad; Fox TV Distributions’ Mark Kaner; and Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley. Unlike past Fox diversity conferences, the agencies were represented for the first time too, with WME’s Rick Rosen, UTA’s Jay Sures and CAA’s Joe Cohen as co-hosts as … Read More »

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Fox Hires Simon Andreae To Replace Mike Darnell As Reality TV Chief

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

Simon Andreae, the former Channel 4 exec in the UK and former Discovery Channel exec in Los Angeles, is a guy best known for programs that mulled why the RMS Titanic sank and whether God created the universe, but also the first televised human autopsy, first televised exorcism and, of course, the series Naked And Afraid. He is replacing the Fox exec crowned Point Man For Perversity by The New York Times, Mike Darnell.

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In August, Andreae announced that after an eight-year stint in the U.S., he’d launched Scarlet Media and would be returning to the UK with a contract with Sony Pictures TV, reporting to SPT exec Andrea Wong, who used to head reality TV at ABC. Based in London, Andreae would develop factual and factual entertainment formats and specials for British TV and international markets.

While for public consumption Andreae is replacing Darnell, the job is smaller than it was under Darnell — and pays less, which eliminated a few of the candidates who’d been in talks, sources report. Andreae will oversee development; Fox veteran David Hill will hang on to the network’s current reality franchises American Idol and The X Factor. That’s maybe just as well for Andreae given that the two singing competitions had become something of a high-class headache for Darnell, what with Idol’s numbers still good but tumbling, and X Factor‘s promised gimongus crowd continuing to not show up for a third season despite yet another judge-panel makeover. Read More »

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Fox’s Shrinking Animation Domination: Midseason Series ‘Murder Police’ Scrapped

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has nixed midseason animated comedy series Murder Police. I hear the decision was made by Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly after reading scripts and watching footage of upcoming episodes. Because of the nature of animation production, there is work done on various episodes at the same time though I hear there is no completed episode yet. (The series order was made off a presentation.) I hear producer 20th Century Fox TV is planning to continue fulfilling the 13-episode order and shop the series elsewhere.

There has been only one addition to Fox’s “Animation Domination” Sunday block that has stuck since Reilly joined the network in 2007 — cult (and Fox brass) favorite Bob’s Burgers, which was recently renewed for a fifth season. Murder Police was Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years — since the 2010 pickups of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite, which only aired for 7 and 6 episodes, respectively. With the stealth cancellation of The Cleveland Show, upcoming move of American Dad! to TBS and demise of Murder Police, there will be only three returning shows next season in Fox’s Sunday animated block that runs for as many as three hours when there is no football. Because of the long production cycle on an animated series, it is almost impossible to have a new animated comedy series ready for next fall unless the network transplants one of the projects from its ADHD Saturday late-night block. Read More »

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TCA: Kevin Reilly Stands Up For Broadcast Vs. Cable, Defends New Comedy ‘Dads’, Reflects On Mike Darnell’s Departure

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox‘s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly opened the network’s executive session with a slide presentation that mixed a passionate defense of the broadcast business and frustration with how success has been portrayed on cable vs. broadcast. He started off with the “good news”, that “TV consumption is up” before talking about the increasing portion of the audience who watch shows on demand and online, sometimes up to a third of a show’s viewership, that remains uncounted for. Ditto for the increasing share of viewers who watch an episode of a show beyond the three days after the premiere that the advertisers pay for. There is even a lot of “activity outside the 30-day window,” Reilly said. “We need to find a way to monetize the rest of the window.”

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Reilly also vented about the lower standards used to proclaim a cable series a hit vs. those on broadcast, noting that with its 2.2 18-49 rating, freshman The Mindy Project has been qualified as a modest or middling performer while it ranks higher than most of the heavily buzzed about cable series. “Of the 1,050 original series on cable last season, only four would’ve made it into the top 50 shows on television,” he said. Continuing a theme started by NBC’s  topper Bob Greenblatt who called broadcast “the bastard child of television,” a statement that was shot down by CBS’ Les Moonves, Reilly said, “I don’t think we are the bastard or step child. I don’t think the broadcast system is broken or antiquated.” Reilly primarily took on cable because of Netflix’s refusal to report viewership, or as Reilly put it “the unreported mystery audience of Netflix.” He displayed his trademark candor by noting that “I respect most of my competitors, most of them.”

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TCA: Fox To Adapt ‘Broadchurch’ Months After Original Airs On BBC America

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 8:56am PDT

Fox will adapt the hit British whodunnit Broadchurch as one of those “event series” it’s touting. Yes, it’s the same Broadchurch that BBC America is going to debut August 7. Fox’s version won’t start filming until January, and won’t air until the 2014-15 TV season. On the bright side, Fox’s version of the UK’s most-watched new drama of the year will be exec produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall. As described a few days ago at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 by BBC America, Broadchurch is about the mysterious death of a small-town boy found dead on the beach. The picturesque seaside town is at the heart of a major police investigation and the murder investigation sets off a nationwide media frenzy.

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Live-Blog: Fox’s Upfront Presentation

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox decided to shake things up in its upfront presentation today. After talking about the increasing portion of viewing of Fox shows being time-shifted, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly threw out the traditional night-by-night lineup presentation for the first time in favor of introducing the network’s new shows by genre.

First off was comedy, which made for unfavorable comparisons to the comedic banter with which Reilly and head of sales Toby Byrne opened the presentation. Among the more serious exchanges, Byrne acknowledged that after eight seasons on top, “we slipped a bit,” with Reilly responding that “I’m confident we will be back at No. 1 next season.”

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Always high on star power, the network brought onstage the stars of all of its new comedies and actors from all returning ones to a big applause. After a shtick between New Girl‘s Max Greenfield — who found an opportunity to show off his biceps — and Reilly, Reilly screened trailers for the network’s five new comedy series, with Andy Samberg’s cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine getting very big applause.

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‘24’ Reboot Eyes May 2014 Launch, ‘Idol’ Return To Three Judges & More Fox News

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The new 12-episode 24 event series, titled 24: Live Another Day, will likely launch in early May 2014 running into the summer, Fox‘s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said during an upfront conference call this morning. The original idea to continue 24 was as a feature, which died after 24 showrunner Howard Gordon and his team concluded that ”24 being compressed into two hours is not 24,” Reilly said. But after Fox announced its event series push six months ago, Gordon sparked to the idea of resurrecting 24 that way. The 12-hour version will keep the real-time nature of the original series, skipping some hours in the 24-hour period it covers. That would actually benefit the show, Reilly said, noting that 24 producers always felt that the spine of each season of 24 were 12 episodes containing major events, with the other 12 providing connective tissue. “Now we’ll get the best part,” Reilly said. While Fox envisions its limited series as stand-alone, one-time events, some, including 24, could become franchises with multiple installments though it is unlikely to have a new 24 every year.

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Former ABC President Stephen McPherson Gets Producing Deal At Fox

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After two and a half-years out of the Hollywood spotlight, former ABC president Stephen McPherson is eying a return as a producer with a deal at Fox Broadcasting Co. I hear the pact, which includes a production commitment, was orchestrated by Fox chairman Kevin Reilly, a longtime friend (and Cornell Phi Delta Theta fraternity brother) of McPherson, who stepped in to support McPherson in his return to TV. The two started their TV careers together, working as young executives at NBC under Warren Littlefield, and McPherson famously spoke out in Reilly’s defense when he was ousted by NBC in 2007, publicly blasting Reilly’s successor Ben Silverman, challenging him to “Be a man!”

McPherson has been focused on his wine business since his abrupt exit from ABC in the summer of 2010. McPherson’s tenure at ABC was marked with some successes — he launched comedy megahit Modern Family. But he also has been a polarizing figure, raising questions whether he would return to the television business, which is built on relationships. In the end one of those relationships, that with Reilly, brought him back. McPherson’s name first surfaced in 2011 as a candidate to head the relaunched Regency Television. He met with several TV studios for a pod deal last fall and entered negotiations with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV but that deal, which was to be in conjunction with the network, ultimately didn’t … Read More »

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