Fox Broadcasting Chairman Actually Tells the Truth

Been waiting for this for years:

Fox Chief on the TV Industry: ‘We Have Our Head Up Our Ass’ – by Alex Ben Block

At the HRTS newsmaker luncheon, Kevin Reilly says network executives have not fully realized the impact of the DVR and that he is considering a year-round development process. Fox “will do other things when we get to the upfront this year,” he said.

The behavior of television viewers is changing, but the industry is not changing with them fast enough or in the right ways. That was the consensus of panelists at the HRTS newsmaker luncheon Wednesday in Century City.

“A lot of us — the way we conduct ourselves — we have our head up our ass,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co., during the panel, which was titled “The State of Broadcast.”

Reilly said the industry has not gotten its arms around the impact of the DVR or the need to consider how viewers embrace and engage with a show, as well as how it rates. He added that a lot of people who make TV don’t actually watch it the way real people watch it. Habits are changing in the age of the DVR, Netflix and Hulu, he said.

“As an industry, when you’re in the talent business, we are way too obsessed on the competition with each other and not enough with the consumer,” said Reilly. “The consumer has spoken loudly and clearly, and the genie is not going back in the bottle.”

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Truth! Wotta concept. We’re in awe of you, Mr. Reilly. Awe, we say.

munchman: Network Bosses Discuss Their Genius

…Demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mitt Romney is far from unique:

Network Honchos Survey the New TV Season – by Michael Schneider

The next few weeks will be rough for the networks, as they parse what works — and what doesn’t — among this year’s crop of new shows. We asked the five broadcast network heads, plus a few key cable bosses, to give us their thoughts on what will big on the small screen.

TV Guide Magazine: What will be your network’s new sleeper hit?

Paul Lee (ABC Entertainment Group president): I don’t want to jinx.

Nina Tassler (CBS Entertainment president):Never predict.

Kevin Reilly (Fox Entertainment president): Ben and Kate

Jennifer Salke (NBC Entertainment president): Hannibal (midseason)

Mark Pedowitz (The CW president): Emily Owens, M.D.

Jeff Wachtel (USA Network co-president): Suits

Michael Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM president, head of programming): Monday Mornings(summer 2013)

TV Guide Magazine: What actor is a superstar in the making?

Lee (ABC): Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23)

Tassler (CBS): Michael Urie (Partners)

Reilly (Fox): Jordana Spiro (Mob Doctor), Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate)

Salke (NBC): Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Josh Gad (1600 Penn, mid-season)

Pedowitz (The CW): Stephen Amell (Arrow), Mamie Gummer (Emily Owens, M.D.), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, mid-season), Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast)

Chris McCumber (USA Network co-president): Aaron Tveit (Graceland, 2013); Gareth Malone(The Choir, 2013)

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): Drew RoyConnor JessupJessy Schram (all from Falling Skies)

TV Guide Magazine: Which show would you love to steal from a rival?

Lee (ABC): Homeland (Showtime)

Tassler (CBS): Nashville (ABC)

Reilly (Fox): Nashville (ABC). But we would do it differently.

Salke (NBC): The Following (Fox); Nashville (ABC)

Pedowitz (The CW): None

McCumber (USA): The Mindy Project (Fox)

Wachtel (USA): Homeland (Showtime)

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): Once Upon a Time (ABC)

TV Guide Magazine: How do you watch TV?

Lee (ABC): On a television set in my living room.

Tassler (CBS): Broadcast and cable series on my big screen; rough cuts on my iPad.

Reilly (Fox): I am now 50/50 between streaming on iPad and DVR/big screen.

Salke (NBC): In bed with family and dogs at the end of the day. Some live TV but mostly on the DVR.

Pedowitz (The CW): On the TV.

McCumber (USA): Big screen (living room); iPad (train)

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): We use our ‘smart TV,’ which lets us surf between DirecTV, Apple TV, Netflix, YouTube and the web, all from one screen.

TV Guide Magazine: What’s your TV guilty pleasure?

Lee (ABC): Call of the Wildman (Animal Planet)

Tassler (CBS): Girls (HBO)

Reilly (Fox): Pawn Stars (History)

Salke (NBC): Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC) and The Real Housewives (Bravo)

Pedowitz (The CW): The Walking Dead (AMC)

McCumber (USA): Anything on VH1 Classic

Wachtel (USA): Bravo with my 15-year-old daughter; old Family Guy (Fox) episodes with my 12-year-old son.

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)

TV Guide Magazine: What failed show is “the one that got away”?

Lee (ABC): None

Tassler (CBS): Swingtown

Reilly (Fox): Lone Star

Salke (NBC): Awake. It was too ambitious for a large audience.

Pedowitz (The CW): Ringer

Wachtel (USA): We’ve been enjoying a pretty good run, so it wouldn’t be fair to kvetch about the rare one that didn’t.

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): Men of a Certain Age. “It was very tough to lose that show — it still bothers me.

TV Guide Magazine: What show do rabid fans email you about the most?

Lee (ABC): Once Upon a Time

Tassler (CBS): The Young and the Restless

Reilly (Fox): FringeI got about 200 cases of Red Vines from Fringe fans last year.

Salke (NBC): Days of Our Lives

Pedowitz (The CW): Supernatural

McCumber (USA): PsychIf you don’t count the Walker, Texas Ranger emails.

Wright (TNT/TBS/TCM): Falling Skies

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So how does this prove they’re all Republican Presidential Candidate material?

Hey, if you have to ask, then you deserve what you get, on TV and in the White House.


Two Network Execs w/Something in Common: Trying to Justify Their Jobs

Let’s pretend these are videos and watch ’em squirm:


NBC Boss Open to More Community, Insists Fans Will Get ‘Same Show’ Despite Dan Harmon Ouster – by Michael Ausiello

NBC’s top exec insists Community has not been sent to Friday night to die.

At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Peacock chairman Robert Greenblatt maintained that the cult fave is not necessarily heading into its final season. ”I would love nothing more than for Community to have a following on Friday and continue,” he told reporters, adding that the decision to move the show off Thursdays was part of a larger plan to “broaden the audience” of its sitcoms.

“We’re in a transition with our comedy programming,” he explained. “Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit more narrow than we would ultimately like as we go forward. Community has always been on the bubble, and we decided to bring it back and see what a fourth season will do for us.”

Regarding the ouster of showrunner Dan Harmon, Greenblatt said, “I think the fans of Community are going to get the same show that they have loved from the beginning. Every so often, it’s time to make a change with the showrunner. You sort of evaluate the creative and how the show is run and how the writing staff works… [and] sometimes you want to freshen the show. We just decided it was time to do that on Community. No disrespect to anyone.”

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Kevin Reilly (Fox President of Entertainment) Talks the Future of GLEE, THE MINDY PROJECT, the Final Season of FRINGE, Seth MacFarlane and More – by Christina Radish

As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about where things stand with some of the new comedies and dramas, as well as old favorites, Glee and Fringe.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy block…, the importance of giving Fringe a final season, how they’ll approach genre programming in the future, their hope for Primetime Emmy nominations next year, and the likelihood of Seth MacFarlane returning to live-action on the network.

Question: How did you finally get these four half-hour comedies — New Girl, Raising Hope, Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project — together on one night?

KEVIN REILLY:  Well, since I took this job at FOX, I’ve been talking about my desire to get our comedy brand going again, and we’ve had a mixed bag on that.  Last year is when it really all started to come together, with New Girl joining Raising Hope.  And I’d say that we finally have the development that feels like it fits.

We developed Ben and Kate internally.  We have a close relationship with the producers of that show, who were working on New Girl.  Dana Fox was a consultant on New Girl, and Jake Kasdan directed the pilot for both and was executive-producing both.  So, we had our eye on that one, all year long, as the one we hoped would just fit the bill, and I think it does perfectly.

And then, The Mindy Project was a really great stroke of luck, frankly.  I’ve had a personal relationship with Mindy [Kaling] since I cast her on The Office…. For whatever reason, NBC decided this didn’t fit their bill.  Universal had House on our air for many years.  It was their most profitable show, and it was a huge hit for us.  So, replicating that is only good for everybody, and I certainly expect that we will.

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Our favorite self-serving snippets from above:

Greenblatt: “Every so often, it’s time to make a change with the showrunner. You sort of evaluate the creative and how the show is run and how the writing staff works… [and] sometimes you want to freshen the show. We just decided it was time to do that on Community. No disrespect to anyone.”

Translation: “What? You’re buying this ‘No disrespect’ crap? Dude, I disrespect everybody. If I didn’t, would I be able to bullshit like that to you?”

Reilly: “And then, The Mindy Project was a really great stroke of luck, frankly.  I’ve had a personal relationship with Mindy [Kaling] since I cast her on The Office….”

Translation: “You think this was luck? It’s because I know the bitch, jerk. I discovered her and I own her.”