This is a season where Fox executives have repeatedly stressed upon the comfort of their audiences. While this is obviously something all networks aspire to, American Idol’s exit ups the stakes. It feels like a season where every risk is a big one.
It’s a year where the quality of its pilots (at least on the page) seem to match its aspirations. Here are my picks: 24: Legacy, Star, The Exorcist, and Pitch (in that order). I’m on the fence about Pitch. It’s good and it’s Fogelman, but…it just doesn’t seem to fit Fox’s reported plans for the year.
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