More from Fox execs: Futurama, Glee, Dollhouse... but no more King of the Hill - TCA Report
by Joel Keller, posted Aug 6th 2009 2:41PM
Believe it or not, FOX execs Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice did field questions that didn't have the words "Idol" our "Paula" in them. But there weren't many. Here are the highlights:
- When Reilly was asked about the "Save Dollhouse" campaigns out there, he joked, "you mean the campaign that started before we starting making episodes?" He cited the solid cumulative numbers the show put up (which included DVR numbers) as to why it was brought back, and the fact that "the fans were there every week. We were there with Joss, and he delivered." While Whedon "wasn't having a lot of fun" in the first half of the season because of the struggles he and the network had to focus on what the vision of the show would be, in the "second half of year he found his voice on the show and had a lot of fun," according to Reilly.
- On Futurama and the option the show has to do a first run on the network level: The show will "do its run on Comedy Central first and we'll see what happens. If we see a renaissance of that show, sure. It's not out of the question." But right now, there are no talks to air it on Fox.
- The last six episodes of King of the Hill are unlikely to see the light of day, according to Reilly.
- The execs were happy with Glee's spring tryout; 13 episodes have already been shot, and they're liking what they're seeing. "It's got music but it's not a musical. It's comedic but not a comedy. We wanted people to talk about it and people to get their hands around it."
- On Leno's move to 10, Reilly said you have to look at the move and how it'll do from a "holistic" standpoint. He wasn't shy about pointing out his former network's shortcomings. "The (Tonight) show has always tapered off in second half; does that tapering occur (at 10)? (NBC) will strugle at 8, and we no powerhouses at 9. So yoy have to look at whole picture."
- When asked where he was when Ben Silverman, the man who replaced him at NBC, announced his resignation, Reilly shot back, "When, the official announcement or the six month pre-announcement?"