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Fox has boosted development to cover American Idol’s exit and fill nearly 40 hours or programming. So this year’s order of 11 pilots is up from last year’s 6. That said, Fox isn’t really looking to take risks.
They’re heading for a stable fall schedule with Prison Break and Empire, and their development slate has other familiar properties (24: Legacy, Lethal Weapon, and The Exorcist). Fox TV Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden have been talking about keeping audiences comfortable, about stability.
It’s looking like a tough year for original material to break through at Fox. We might very well be looking at a year when no original pilots get picked up (other than Shots Fired, which is straight-to-series).
So how do Fox’s revivals and reboots stack up against its original properties? Let’s find out…