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Reilly At TCA: “Best Shows Not On Cable”

Nellie Andreeva

The last time Fox’s Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly appeared at the TV Critics’ Assn. press tour in the summer, the drama surrounding the search for new American Idol judges had hit fever pitch, galvanizing the Fox executive session. With no swirling controversy this time around, the Rice-Reilly panel was mostly introspective, with the two asked to reminisce on Fox’s troubled fall, marked by the quick cancellation of Lone Star and the underwhelming run of Running Wilde.

Neither Rice nor Reilly tried to spin the fact that Lone Star was a big failure, one that “changed the complexion of our fall,” as Reilly put it. But neither had regrets about picking up the show, which received great reviews but was rejected by the audience. “I’d much prefer to fail with a show we are proud of than with one we are embarrassed by or don’t believe in,” said Rice. Reilly, who worked at FX before taking over entertainment at NBC and now Fox, addressed the conversation at Fox the morning after Lone Star‘s dismal premiere. “One discussion we never had the next day was: we’re never going to do that again; there was no Monday morning quarterbacking,” adding ‘I don’t think for a second that the best shows are on cable.” Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox Picks Up Christian Slater Comedy ‘Breaking In’ For Midseason

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has picked up comedy pilot Breaking In for midseason with a seven-episode order. The order comes after several weeks of negotiations between Fox and the project’s producer Sony Pictures TV. The single-camera workplace comedy starring Christian Slater is being rumored as a possible replacement for Fox’s  underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. It is expected to be featured on Fox’s upcoming midseason schedule. The Sony TV/Happy Madison-produced Breaking In, which is set at a digital security firm, was developed last season. The pilot, written /exec produced by Adam F. Goldberg and directed/exec produced by Seth Gordon, had buzz and tested very well but ultimately missed the cut for a series pickup at Fox in May. In June, the network gave it a new lease of life with an order for 2 additional scripts, leading to Sony TV’s decision to extend the options on the cast, led by Slater and featuring Reaper star Bret Harrison. With the pickup, Sony TV now has comedy series on each of the Big 4 broadcast networks: Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings on ABC, veteran Rules of Engagement and midseason entry Mad Love on CBS, sophomore Community on NBC and Breaking In on Fox.

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‘Running Wilde’ Benched For 2 More Weeks

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s struggling freshman Running Wilde seems to be facing a slow and painful death. The low-rated show, which just came back on Tuesday after two weeks of preemptions, is being benched again for the rest of the November sweep, slated to come back with an original on Nov. 30. In the next two weeks, Fox will air reruns of its other freshman comedy Raising Hope in Running Wilde‘s the Tuesday 9:30 PM slot. Running Wilde, which averaged a 1.3 rating among 18-49 to finish a distant last among all programs on the Big 4 networks on Tuesday, remains the last new fall series whose fate has not been decided though its chances for renewal appear very slim. Fox is already eying a midseason order for the Christian Slater-starring comedy Breaking In as a potential replacement for Running Wilde, whose star/co-creator Will Arnett has been rallying support for the show.

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