FOX has announced its 2013-2014 schedule, and on Monday, May 13, we joined a press call with FOX’s chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly to find out about the changes coming next season. Check out the full 2013-2014 schedule here.
“Novel scheduling techniques” FOX is trying to “break out of the confines of the traditional broadcast season.” They want to have year-round original programming, which will happen this year. There won’t necessarily be 22- and 24-episode orders for series. “There’s no magic number,” Reilly said, adding that show premieres will be staggered, may “premiere into late spring and arc into the summer, premiere in the summer and arc into the fall.” He wants to “strike the word midseason from [their] lexicon.”
“Bones” is on the move “Bones” is beginning its season in the same Monday 8 p.m. time slot it held this season, but in November after baseball, it will be moving to Friday. Reilly thinks “it will overperform on Friday, and hopefully stay there for quite some time,” as part of the network’s new scripted Friday.
“American Idol” judges Reilly didn’t have much to say about the judges, only confirming that Randy Jackson is not returning. He did say the format will have “a few fresh twists,” and they will “likely” be back to a three-judge table.
“The Following” back in midseason There will once again be 15 episodes in the row for its second season, which Reilly noted is “officially the number 1 new show of the season…a great accomplishment.”
Super Bowl plans While “New Girl” is already scheduled for the post-game spot in 2014, FOX plans to partner it with another series to be named later from the five new comedies. Reilly sees “New Girl” as a show with “a lot of growth ahead of it,” and this is a way to give it and a new show a boost.
Staggering “Glee” into the summer They’ve split up the order in the past to launch it twice, and that will happen again. There will be a fall season of “Glee,” air “Rake” during its hiatus, and then bring “Glee” back in the spring “re-imagined with a creative twist” to play into the summer. With the yearly pre-emption for baseball, FOX will be getting ahead of it by premiering “The X Factor” and “Glee” about two weeks early, and they are hoping to have “Glee” uninterrupted when it returns in the spring. Also, though “Glee” has been picked up for two more seasons, it’s not necessarily heading towards an end. “There will be progression in the story,” Reilly told reporters. “There’s going to be graduations. There’s going to be taking New York to the next step on that adventure, and then some interesting little mini-arcs like we’ve done with some of our guest actors.”
Event series Reilly confirmed “the poorly kept secret of “24”…compressed over 12 weeks.” Yes, Jack is back, in “24: Live Another Day.” So how will it work over 12 episodes? It will “go in chronological order of the day, but they’ll skip hours, which will be “dictated by the plot.” It “will likely premiere in early May” 2014, paired with one of the original dramas, going into the summer, and the network’s second event series will “likely air” after. That series is M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines,” starring Matt Dillon. The plan is for these events to be “stand-alone,” but “24” (and others) could come back for more, though not necessarily yearly.
What are you most excited about on FOX in 2013-2014?
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