X-Files and Prison Break Reboot, Sleepy Hollow Changes, Empire Challenges and The Latest on FOX Network, According to Chief Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Fox is thinking about rebooting The X-Files, Prison Break with the original lead actors and would love to try again with another 24 but maybe without leading man Kiefer Suthlerland. No renewal for Bones yet as contracts are being negotiated and is Sleepy Hollow future uncertain? EW reports that there are not going to be any cast changes, so for those of us, ehem, not in it for Katrina in the long haul and FOX chief Dana Walden talks about calibrating the show not necessarily making dramatic changes, she clarifies. “It’s a relationship show, a period show, you have iconic characters, you’re trying to tell mysteries and the show got a little overly serialized this past season. It’s very difficult on a show like this to get the exact right balance. Honestly, we felt watching the show, as passionate viewers, the show got too serialized. As part of our diagnostic process on any show, we tried to determine what’s working and what’s not working. We’re trying to return the fun to it a little bit.”
New Girl and The Mindy Project both have a “hopeful” chance of being renewed. Red Band Society has been a disappointment in ratings and it was reported that FOX offered ‘ABC Studios the opportunity to produce additional episodes to run during the summer in the hopes of building the audience.’Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham and Empire were recently renewed despite what THR calls the “Terrance Howard Problem” due to the multiple accusations of domestic violence. Howard also leads in an upcoming FOX new series, “Wayward Pines.”
With FOX being fourth in the network in regards to rating, will Empire be the right direction this network needs to help deliver for their audience especially when a many of their shows like Gracepoint, Utopia, Red Band Society to name a few haven’t performed.
Walden shares on the direction of FOX and the instrumental part Empire plays in the success of the network, “It was fresh, original and it was kind of a no brainer; and it really represents what we’re trying to do with the network right now.” and Newman continues, “we’re looking to have big broad commercial hits, we love televisions, broadcast television and Empire I think really nails that, the music, the soapiness of it, I think it invites in different constituencies.” Check out the video below!
Source: (EW, THR)