TCA: FOX - News On TERRA NOVA, HOUSE, FRINGE, GLEE, 24 Movie, More
Today is FOX' day at the TCA Winter Press Tour, and the network's entertainment president Kevin Reilly has taken the stage to answer the various questions of the reporters.
Here's what came out as important.
- Kiefer Sutherland has confirmed at the panel for his new series "Touch" that the "24" is still very much alive, and he is hopeful that production can start in April or May.
As for the story of the movie, it is said to be a pretty "direct continuation" from the events at series' end, with a time jump of maybe six months. As for who will be in it, aside from the obvious Jack Bauer, exec producer Howard Gordon would only confirm Chloe (Mary-Lynn Rajskub).
- The fate of "Terra Nova" has not yet been decided, but will be very soon. Reilly says it's a "high-class problem for FOX", and Reilly says that "there's a show to bring back, there's an audience there to access... We're going to decide very soon. (…) It's proven that it was worthwhile, it's one of the highest rated new shows of the season..." The sense at the moment is that a renewal is likely.
- Equally, the verdict is still out on the fate of "House". Reilly says there will definitely be no spinoff, and that they're "avoiding" the decision-making, since it's apparently hard to imagine FOX without "House". But if FOX does decide to bid "House" farewell, which is going to be "a close call", "it will not be an unceremonious finish."
- The reason FOX is so hesitant to decide on those two shows it the fact that the performances of midseason shows "Touch" and "Alcatraz" plays a factor. Reilly says he wants to have at least a bit of data from the new shows before he makes a decision.
- As for the fate of "Fringe", Reilly says that FOX is "not in the business of losing money". Doesn't sound too good, and executive producer Jeff Pinkner says that they do have an exit strategy. “Worst case scenario, if this were the last aired season of Fringe — and as we’ve said before, there are other outlets where we could continue our stories, be they graphic novels or webisodes — we know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale.”
- There will be no more new episodes of "Allen Gregory", which makes it officially canceled.
- Like with "House", there will be no "Glee" spinoff. But the characters are said to graduate.