November 8, 2008 |
When Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly first heard Joss Whedon's pitch for a series called "Dollhouse," he was so taken that he later told a reporter, "He had me at 'Hello.' I was kinda drunk with the surprise of it all." Reilly no longer appears to be in a love-drunk daze about the much-anticipated project, because Fox announced that "Dollhouse" will premiere in one of the worst time slots in all of television: Fridays at 9 p.m., beginning Feb. 13. "Dollhouse" has had its share of ups and downs in its short life.
September 30, 2008 |
After airing three episodes of "Do Not Disturb," a comedy set at a New York hotel, Fox has declared the comedy series dead. It becomes the first casualty of the 2008-09 television season that officially began Sept. 22. The Wednesday night series, starring Niecy Nash and Jerry O'Connell, attracted only 4.65 million viewers for its first broadcast and lost audience in each of the subsequent weeks. -- Maria Elena Fernandez
May 15, 2008 |
Joss Whedon, the scribe who birthed "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" and swore off the small screen after "Firefly" was canceled, is part of the Fox family again. Whedon's "Dollhouse" will be unveiled today as part of Fox's lineup at a presentation in Manhattan. The drama is about an illegal house of men and women whose memories and personalities have been wiped out so that they can be hired to be anyone and do anything. It stars Eliza Dushku (Faith from "Buffy"), who unintentionally served as the inspiration.
February 5, 2008 |
The New York Giants weren't the only ones to walk away winners from Super Bowl XLII. News Corp. said it reaped $250 million in advertising revenue for the day of the game -- the biggest day in Fox network history. The football game, with the Giants' unexpected victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots, was the second-most-watched telecast ever, with 97.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
January 13, 2008 |
Television's reigning champion, "American Idol," returns this week and the talent contest is expected to be more popular -- and profitable -- than ever. The Fox show begins its seventh season Tuesday against the walking wounded. As the strike by the Writers Guild of America grinds into its 11th week, rival networks are scrambling to stay alive.
December 2, 2007 |
WESTERN civilization is apparently on the brink of collapse, and once again we can blame Fox television's Mike Darnell. Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented reality programmers in town, the normally media-shy TV executive behind "American Idol," "Joe Millionaire" and, yes, even 1995's "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?" has cast himself as the carnival barker for a new reality show that he jokes could push the culture over the edge.
September 28, 2007 |
The Fox unscripted series "Nashville" appears to be the first casualty of the 2007-08 television season. The network said Thursday that it was pulling the series from its schedule -- at least for the next six weeks -- after two little-watched episodes. Reruns of the first-season police drama "K-Ville" will air in its place at 9 tonight and next Friday. "Nashville," a look at young adults trying to find success in the country music capital, is expected to return Nov.
September 21, 2007 |
Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry's race to harness the Internet and try out potential business partners. The Fox-Apple deal is designed to expose iPod users to the upcoming season of new and returning prime-time shows. Executives with the News Corp.
September 19, 2007 |
Veteran television star Kelsey Grammer's new comedy doesn't exactly fit the pedigree of Fox Broadcasting. The network's tastes have long leaned toward the likes of lowly Al Bundy of "Married . . . With Children" or Brian, the sardonic talking dog who downs martinis in Fox's animated hit "Family Guy." But this fall, Fox is betting big on Grammer's latest sitcom, "Back to You."
August 24, 2007 |
One day after its premiere, Fox yanked "Anchorwoman" off the schedule Thursday. The show captured a mere 4% of the audience at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, finishing fourth in its time slot. "Anchorwoman" was a reality series about a TV station in Tyler, Texas, that brought in L.A. model Lauren Jones to anchor the news, even though she had no journalism experience.