“We’re taking a number of big swings,” Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said Monday morning about the network’s schedule for next season.
“I love the night, he said of the all-comedy Tuesday, consisting of Glee and new half-hour Raising Hope and Running Wilde. “It’s our chance to turn on the lights in live-action comedy.
Turning on the lights was Reilly’s favorite metaphor during the call. He also brought it up when talking about reuniting with Greg Garcia after My Name Is Earl and Shawn Ryan after The Shield.
“When I needed to turn the lights on at NBC, Greg did it with Earl, and I think he will do it again here,” he said of Garcia’s new comedy Raising Hope.
On Shawn Ryan’s new midseason cop drama Ride-Along: “Many know what he did was turn on the lights at FX with The Shield”.
Reilly heaped praise on new drama Lonestar, calling it “a very cool show, a sophisticated and daring soap, a modern Dallas set against the Texas oil industry and a complex character study.”
Touting first-ever Thursday season win over NBC in the 18-49, Reilly noted that this is the first time ever Fox has brought back Thursday night intact.
And on Friday, with Human Target and The Good Guys, “we have a legitimate shot at taking the night with shows that are truly compatible.”
Reilly and Fox chairman Peter Rice deflected questions about post-Simon Cowell plans for American Idol, noting that the matter will be addressed after the end of the season. A little piece of news: Auditions for Idol’s next season will start later than usual, in September, and there will be a Cowell sendoff .
As for Sons of Tucson, Rice wouldn’t confirm that the freshman comedy has been officially canceled, only noting that “it will complete its run in that summer” and that “stranger things have happened.”
Rice also said the network plans to continue to program late-night on Saturday but hasn’t decided yet what it will succeed the recently canceled Wanda Sykes Show.
Fox’s president of sales Jon Nesvig was optimisting about the broadcast upfront market, saying that “there is a lot of momentum.”
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