Honesty in the television business is refreshing, partly because it is so rare. Kevin Reilly, the Fox entertainment chairman, talked honestly about his network to the Television Critics Association earlier today.
“We all screw up,” he said: “Just look at my fall.”
The comment was made in reference to the season which saw Fox nosedive in the ratings, falling 24 percent in the key adult 18-to-49 demographic. 'X Factor' slide nearly 25 percent in the ratings, 'Mob Doctor' was dead on arrival and even the acclaimed comedy block did not do that well.
In addition to talking about Fox's fall, he also talked about other topics, such as:
* Fox's Tuesday night comedy block. Reilly called it his biggest frustration of the fall. The block, which features 'New Girl,' 'Raising Hope,' 'The Mindy Project' and 'Ben & Kate,' failed to live up to expectations. “Our shows weren’t rejected; they were never really sampled,” he said.
* 'In Living Color' is dead. While the network worked on bringing it back to life, they realized they could not match the level the original achieved and decided to cut their losses early on.
* Cable is hurting the broadcast networks. "The challenge is that we are competing with television," he said, adding that Fox competes with all channels, not just NBC, CBS and ABC. 'The Following,' the much-anticipated Kevin Bacon series that is coming soon is an attempt to compete with the cable networks and their acclaimed programs. "Before there was cable, Fox was cable... We were the edge of what was bold," he added.
* Britney Spears. Reilly thought she did well on 'X Factor,' saying that "I think Britney did a great job... People got to know her a little bit. Maybe people were waiting for dramatic displays," he said, adding that he hopes she comes back for a second season.