The big news from this week’s Upfront conference call with FOX CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman was that The X-Files is definitely not coming back.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Michael Thorn, entertainment president, said “Right now, we’re really pleased with how The X-Files did this past season. It’s been a great show for our network, but there’s no plans to do another season at the moment.”
But while The X-Files may not be about to grace our screens any time soon, these other shows will.
“For Prison Break, right now it’s in the early stages of development, and we’re just focusing on getting the next iteration right. We’re working with Paul Scheuring and the producers on that right now. I don’t anticipate there would be any kind of significant announcements for several months.”
“We are developing around the 24 franchise which frankly, we have almost since the show went off the air. So Howard Gordon is working with a team of writers. He’s actually working with Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow, the original creators on one idea that we’re pretty excited about. It’s premature, it’s too early to announce it, but they’ve been working and ideating around where the show wants to live next. So we’re excited about that.”
Last Man Standing
“We always felt like for whatever reasons ABC didn’t really prioritize Last Man Standing, and notwithstanding that, it drew 8.5 million viewers every Friday night with very little promotion. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a networks marketing agenda.
So yes, we were emboldened by the performance of Roseanne, and that certainly made us think that this is a really good opportunity for broadcast viewers, that a beloved star in a really funny multi-cam – which, again, has a little bit easier entry point than a serialized comedy — was a good idea, and “Roseanne” certainly confirmed that.”
Pilots in Development
“We have two high-profile off-cycle comedies. One that comes from Liz Meriwether and Lake Bell, it’s a single-camera comedy, and it takes a very irreverent look at a marriage, that we start shooting in June. Lake Bell is also starring, and we’ve cast Dax Shepard. In success, that could be available for mid-season.”
“We’ve also committed to a comedy from Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell, which is a very non-traditional family comedy that we’ve just started casting on, and which could potentially be ready for mid-season.”