Rise and shine, TV lovers!
Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean that TV news gets to take a day off. The Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour is still in full swing, and today it's all about Fox. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Networks Group, Peter Rice, addressed a room full of reporters Sunday morning to answer burning questions about the statuses of all of your favorite Fox shows.
And because we always want our fellow TV fans to be in the loop, ETonline was on hand bright and early to snag scoop on the decision behind Glee's final season, whether or not Bones will continue, American Idol's admitted shortcomings, and many more updates on the network's most popular series.
Glee: The musically inclined series is set to debut their sixth (and final!) season in early 2015, but many fans were bummed that their typical run of 24 episodes has been cut down to 13. Rice explained the powers-that-be at Fox made this decision in order to send out Glee with the biggest and best bang possible.
"I think Glee is one of the great shows in television history… It touched so many hearts and brought real social issues to the forum and it burned so hot and so fast, but it's been on for over 100 episodes now and six seasons, and we want to go out in a way that celebrates it," Rice revealed. "We thought that airing 13 episodes and packing them into a straight run was a better way to finish the show and we did that in conjuncture to talking with [creator] Ryan [Murphy] and talking to the studio."
Bones: Although Bones is of the most consistently popular series in Fox's line-up over the past decade, the contracts for stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are set to expire at the end of this season. However, Rice said that the network may not be ready to let go of the procedural drama just yet.
"For Bones I hope that this year is not the last year, Rice noted. "It's a fantastic series, it has famously moved all over our schedule, and that's done that for ten years. It’s Emily and David's last year, contractually, so we'll have to have that conversation with them as well, but I hope that will come back."
American Idol: The original musical competition series has already been on the air for 13 seasons, and with season 14 already set for 2015, many critics and fans are wondering how the network intends on keeping interest alive. "It's still a very strong show for us, It's a show that we've loved and it’s been on our air for 13 years," Rice stated. "I think it is aging gracefully and we've certainly played musical chairs in the past few years with the judges and I think we felt very good about the production of this year."
Although Rice noted that although Idol still has a "very committed fanbase," the network is aware of the real reason as to why the past few seasons have been lackluster in the ratings. "We haven’t found, in the last two years, a group of kids who could capture the imagination of the public," Rice admitted. "They've been really talented kids but for whatever reason, there hasn't been that sort of catalyst behind the show. And we've talked about that going into this year rather than getting wrapped up in the talk of who should be the judges".
24: Live Another Day: Many fans were thrilled to see Jack Bauer back on their TV screens this spring, so could we expect to see yet another loved this year's season of 24, I thought it was fantastic. And I've always been a fan of the twists and turns and you never know where it's going," Rice gushed of the series recently revived season.
"We haven't had a specific conversation about it coming back yet, I'm sure that we will in the future," Rice explained. "It's a wonderful franchise, Kiefer [Sutherland] did a great job this year and so when you look at the show itself I think it has many more stories to tell, but I think we have to sit down and talk to the creators about it."
So You Think You Can Dance: "I think the show is the wonderful," Rice immediately raved of the long-running competition series. "I love the quality of kids who work so hard and for so long in order to be able to dance at that level and unlike American Idol where you can be an overnight star, that isn't really the case with the journey of So You think You Can Dance."
Like Idol, Fox is keen to extend contracts in order to keep SYTYCD on the summer schedule. "This is a show that we love, it's been on our schedule for a long time and they've done a very good job for us in a competitive time over the summer," he said. "I think we'll get to the end of the year and sit down with [executive producer] Nigel [Lythgoe] and see where we stand."