January 13, 2014

THE SKED: FOX Midseason/Postseason Debuts


The Television Critics Association marathon goes on in Pasadena, and today is FOX’s turn.  Network President Kevin Reilly claimed–and he’s far from the first–that “pilot season is dead,” which means continuing the trend of ordering projects year-round rather than all in a lump in May, and also going straight to series with some shows (which will sound good right up until the time that a few of those expensive propositions fail).  Just so everyone is clear, “pilot season” won’t really be dead unless and until networks and advertisers abandon the May Upfronts and the billions of dollars that advertising agencies commit in ad time during the weeks that follow.  The timing of the Upfronts dictates those of network orders and marketing, and there’s no sign of that happening anytime soon.

Anyway, there were a few specific announcements made as well.  The comedy SURVIVING JACK, which had previously been announced for a post-American Idol slot on Thursdays, has now been pinned down to a March 27 debut.  And two dramas will essentially air out of the regular season entirely, with the high-profile 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY premiering on Monday May 5, and GANG-RELATED starting on Tuesday, May 20.  The latter suggests that FOX will leave its existing dramas (notably the low-rated Almost Human) where they are for now.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."