Fox's Bosses on the Future of Bones, Another Round of 24 (Possibly Without Jack!), an X-Files Reboot, and More

It's been six months since the Fox Television Group, comprised of the Fox Broadcasting network and 20th Century Fox Television, was formed with Dana Walden and Gary Newman at the helm.

"I would hope, ultimately, that the network is recognized for great showmanship," Walden told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.

Well, it'll certainly be recognized for SOMETHING in the wake of its disastrous fall season, but that probably wasn't what Walden meant. She and Newman kicked off their executive session by announcing some big casting news for Ryan Murphy's straight-to-series Scream Queens, as well as the renewals of new dramas Empire and Gotham and sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Walden called the Andy Samberg sitcom called a "true bright spot of comedy this year."

Here's what else they had to say...


On the future of Bones:

Fox is hopeful that Bones will return, but that will depend on reaching another deal with its stars. "Nothing would make us happier than to do another year," Walden said.


On Sleepy Hollow

The network is "excited about creative changes" coming to the show to make it more episodic and less serialized. Walden said that the show's formula was examined at the midpoint of Season 2 as "part of the diagnostic process," and the network hopes that the changes will make it less "overly serialized" and "return the fun to it."



On the potential for another 24 event series, or for reboots of The X-Files or Prison Break:

Fox has talked to 24's producers and would "love nothing more" than to bring it back. "That's a constant focus for us," Newman said. However, there might be one major caveat: No Jack Bauer. After the panel, Walden told reporters that, "Potentially, [Kiefer Sutherland] won't be in this installment, we're not sure yet," and that the network is mulling a pitch for a season that wouldn't include him. 

Newman also revealed that, just as it did with 24: Live Another Day, Fox is looking to resurrect past series produced by 20th Century Fox and has had "some conversations on" The X-Files: "We're hopeful we'll bring that back at some point," he said. Finally, although recent speculation about the return of Prison Break surprised the netowork, Newman added, "We'd bring it back in a heartbeat. It would make a perfect event series."


On the network's upcoming live musical production of Grease:

Fox has cast Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.


On adapting Minority Report for TV:

Newman announced that Mark Mylod, who directed the pilot for Fox's upcoming drama Backstrom and will direct two Season 5 episodes of Game of Thrones, will also direct the pilot for Minority Report, which is based upon the Philip K. Dick story and Tom Cruise movie. Walden added that the series will require lots of prep.



On Red Band Society:

Although Newman said that the creative team made a "soulful and truthful" show, ultimately it didn't resonate with Fox's audience. Fox extended an offer to ABC Studios, which produced the series, to film additional episodes for the summer at a lower licensing fee, but ABC Studios declined.


On upcoming mystery series Wayward Pines:

The miniseries from M. Night Shyamalan about a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) who finds himself in a town he can't escape will be Fox's centerpiece for scripted programming this summer. Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino, and Terrence Howard also star.


On Terrence Howard's real-life troubles:

"Our experience with Terrence has been excellent," Walden said, added that the network didn't learn of the domestic-violence allegations against the Empire and Wayward Pines actor until December.


On potential future collaborations with Simon Cowell: 

There's nothing to announce at this time, but Fox would love to be in business with him. "He's a great showman," Walden said.


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Apr 21, 2015
24 with out Jack is like having a car with no engine !!!
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Apr 02, 2015
i have an easy way for 24 to continue with ALMOST no jack bauer.... chloe, kate, kim, and TONY go to russia to free jack from the "gulag" in russia. jack is only there at the last few minutes of the final episode. itd still very much be 24, with a very good way to end out the whole series, and jack would only have to be there for like, 20 minutes of shooting.
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Apr 01, 2015
I will continue to watch Bones and Sleepy Hollow, cause I like both, even with the last season of SH not doing so good... But I am excited, as a super fan, with the return of X-Files!! Mulder, and Scully are a symbol in TV shows, and the series is one of the best of all times!
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Mar 28, 2015
"24" without Jack? No thank you!
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Mar 24, 2015
24 without Jack ist like 2 and a half men without Sheen, X-Files without Mulder, Californication without Hank, the White House without president :D
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Feb 25, 2015
I wouldn't even consider watching 24 without Jack because then it wouldn't be 24! X-Files but only with Duchovny and Anderson and a continuation of the original not a reboot. Prison Break is a maybe but after the ending what would they do. Can't they come up with something new???
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Jan 30, 2015
So we head to the future by dredging up the past? What's next - Johnny Depp on 24 54 Jump Street? Or Married With Grandchildren?


Leave the legacy intact and work on new things. Don't go Godfather III on us.
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Jan 27, 2015
x files is wonderful news.
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Jan 24, 2015
X-Files: Yes!!! 24: Maybe... Prison Break: Probly not... Minority Report: Hell no! Most movies to tv don't work, and that is good movies. A bad movie will def make a bad show. Especially considering they'll likely cast some nobody for the lead.
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Jan 23, 2015
I'd love it if the brought the X Files back, but it wouldn't make much sense if it was done in a present day format. I mean the date of the supposed alien invasion has already come and gone (going on the info from the last episode) so they'd have to explain that away somehow.
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Jan 20, 2015
No Jack what, I suppose it is getting tired now with Kiefer probably wanting to move more in to films makes a great villain also he not getting any younger. I like to see Stuart Stapleton or Josh Holloway to replace him.
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Feb 05, 2015
Josh Holloway had his chance at spy action in the short lived Intelligence. That show had potential but was to much like a merger between POI, Chuck and 24. And that was a merger that did not benefited Intelligence. To put Holloway in the 24- universe would not benefit him and only making him a second banana to Sutherlands Bauer.
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Jan 23, 2015
Can you blame him for getting tired, so would you if you stayed awake 24hrs a day
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Jan 24, 2015
plus driving around london enough to piss anyone off LOL
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Jan 20, 2015
Why not Jack Bauer !!!! :) ..............
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Jan 20, 2015
None of that sounds promising.
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Jan 20, 2015
"Only found out in December" by FOX sounds a bit strange but then you know their 'news'?! reporting isn't the best...

On a side note new NBC comedy One Big Happy starring Kelly Brook laughed and smiled when confronted in an interview in which she was promoting her book inccidents included about hitting ex's and how her new partner should 'learn when to duck!'
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Jan 20, 2015
More Bones and 24 PLEASE!

When ever Bones ends can they bring back Stephen Fry as Dr Wyatt? They've had some missed opportunities there.

He also plays a fantastic Prime Minister (if only he really was) on 24 which has its plot already set out. Someone (hopefully Yvonne Strahovski as she was brilliant as Kate but it could be someone else) with help from a team Chloe and Belcheck. Keifer Sutherland could be in it as much as he wants too even killing him off (if he's had enough of the role) just as he arrives back on US soil safely to be shot in front of his daughter (should have gone into landscape gardening!) setting up Kate/ other as the new lead or if he does want to do more rescued, doesn't sleep and kills/ maims people because sexual gratification some impending doom! (hopefully this time without blowing up half of London Liz's team had a hell of a time with that pr disaster!)

Kate doesn't have to return if it means Yvonne is busy doing the Chuck film?
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Jan 19, 2015
24 wouldn't work without Jack Bauer. Of course guys, we all know that.

Kiefer Sutherland knows that as well, using this fact to negotiate with FOX. Hands down, he's not getting the biggest roles anymore. 24 seems like his final straw he's willing to put at risk. Sure nobody wants to see 24 without him, but it's not like there hadn't been a big team behind it, creating that series that we learned to love again last season. So let's just wait and see where this one goes.

I'm still excited and I think we'll see him in at least a couple of episodes, ending his on going (or even entire) storyline on that show.
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Jan 19, 2015
So, 24 sans Jack Bauer, X-Files sans Mulder & Scully, a reboot of a show who's premise couldn't exist beyond the first season and more Simon Cowell???

Fox, THIS is why you're getting killed
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Jan 19, 2015
Um sorry but 24 IS NOT 24 without Jack I'll watch the first episode if they do decide to do it but in my mind right now Jack is 24 and it's not like they gave us a younger spy in any of the series that would be his replacement
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Jan 19, 2015
An X-Files return should be all mythology and no stand alone episodic formats.

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Jan 19, 2015

24 has to have Jack Bauer or else it's not 24. It's something else. Have to change the name of the show.

Here's an idea. Why not give Tony Almedia (where is Carlos Bernard anyway?) a spinoff of his own and see how that does? The Tony Almedia Chronicles. Tony escapes from prison, travels, and tries to right past wrongs. The show would contain plenty of action and possibly political conspiracies. But it wouldn't have a real time concept to it. It would be very much it's own show.
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Mar 24, 2015
I liked Palmer as president ... and maybe not-yet-president-Logan behind the curtains grasping future presidency ... and Jack. These were my favorite ones, Logan ofc because he just deserved to be hated. Years later I still despised him in other roles right away :D
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Jan 19, 2015
"24 without Jack Bauer"

They've actually done this before: it was called season 6. Entire episodes were lost on a Nadia-Ricky Schroeder-Milo love triangle. Then Jack shows up in the last ten minutes to help diffuse a bomb.

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Jan 19, 2015
Been waiting forever for Matt Dillion to land on tv. Been forever since he's had a major film.
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Jan 18, 2015
A 13 or even 24 episode X-files to wrap up the whole show and all it storylines would be brilliant. Sadly Fox is far to stupid to do this and so they will fuck it up some how.

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Jan 18, 2015
Wayward pines sound so original..............................
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Jan 18, 2015
I'm confused about Red Band Society, does this mean they're not filming the three final episodes? or they were just trying to film more episodes after that but ABC Studios decided not to? I watched the show and I'd like to see it atleast finish out if it can but I don't really mind that they won't do more past that.

Bones has run it's course.. I gave up this season after the premiere, it's always the same cases recycled and just trying to drum up drama to keep going, they should just end the show already.

I personally didn't think Sleepy Hollow was THAT serialized. Sure, it has to have overall storylines to actually deal with the show's plot, but most episodes were a monster of the week type that just tied into the main plot.

if The X Files comes back with the original cast, it's not a reboot. there needs to be better wording than "reboot" if it's a continuation years later.
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Jan 18, 2015
I've seen a few articles about X-Files returning to TV with Duchovny,Anderson and Carter which is fantastic news being a fan myself and loving the series but if they do this,can they recapture the magic a second time?

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Jan 18, 2015
24 without Sutherland. Yeah,good luck with that.
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Jan 18, 2015
24 without Jack Bauer
I give it 24 hours to be canceled
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Jan 18, 2015
24 without Jack Bauer ? Are you kidding me ?
Kiefer is the heart and soul of that show, and without him, there is no point in bringing it back, I reckon it will be a ratings disaster for FOX....
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Jan 19, 2015
It'll be the final nail in the coffin for the franchise. No more chances at movies. It'll be dead for years.
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Jan 18, 2015
The only way a new X Files would work is if Mulder and Scully returned. If it is a total "reboot" (WTH that really means) it will suck big time. 24 without Jack is just as bad. This article pretty much sums up what tools tv execs are.
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Jan 18, 2015
I have had a look around and it looks like they are trying to get the original main cast and crew back together to do a continuation of The X Files. That sounds great :)
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Jan 18, 2015
Let's put it this way, I'm a die-hard supporter of Jack Bauer - but ever since the end of season 8, I always hoped there would be another spy-esque show to match the quality. Homeland has come pretty close, and I hope that at some point POI (Reese) would man-up and ditch the PG-13 behavior, but with the right actor I'm sure we can do Bauer justice!
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Jan 18, 2015
Seriously, leave X-Files alone. Stop it Fox, just stop. In fact, screw your stupid reboots. Shows that are ended abruptly should be able to get their closure, but X-files ended somewhat decently and had 2 movies. Can't we just leave well enough alone? These "reboots" are a sad cry for help that nobody wants.
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Jan 19, 2015
Speak for yourself. Hopefully Fox isn't stupid enough to listen to you.
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Jan 18, 2015
24 without Jack Bauer? Hell no! Call it CTU and reboot that aspect of the show, that'd be fine with me.
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Jan 18, 2015
Still not sold on Minority Report : the TV show. And BTW, it already kinda exists : it's called Person of Interest. Think about it : the Machine has become so smart, so good at calculating probabilities, it's basically a precog now. Look at season 3's "Mors praematura" : the way it places every pawn on the board reminds me of the way the Observers acted on Fringe whenever they wanted to manipulate events.
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Jan 18, 2015
NO JACK NO 24......Its simple!! Its like making another Prison Break without Wentworth Miller 'Michael Schofield' or Dominic Purcell 'Lincoln Burrows'....they'll F' up a good classic.
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Jan 18, 2015
the only thing in this that matters in this whole thing is 24 and x-files. 24 is an obvious choice... its only been a season, and the story is open ended. i could very easily see a "jack-light" season.... where it focus's on chloe (and possibly tony almeada or other old friends) getting him back out of russian prison. i could see and deal with that and obviously watch it... but jack would HAVE to be in it at some point, even if its just to see him stuck in prison in the first episode, and getting out in the last.

as for the X-files.... REBOOT?!?? no. sorry.... its not like its been 40 years since mulder and scully were on the screen.... its still pretty fresh and David Duchoveny IS Fox Mulder... Gillian Anderson IS Dana Scully.... they are irreplaceable. I can't see a situation that has the X Files without Gillian and David.
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Jan 18, 2015
If the Bones stars get greedy, no more Bones.. kinda sucks, they should try and finish the show with some form of well-planning ending, not simply because of economics. It would make for a great DVD/BluRay collection.
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Jan 18, 2015
Looks like the people at Fox don't know what they are doing. They seem to be completely useless. Still haven't forgiven them for Firefly and Almost Human. Have they not learnt anything at all? Not excited about any of their plans. 24 wouldn't work without Jack Bauer and why reboot The X-Files or Prison Break? They will milk it for all they are worth and ruin what was special about these shows. Apart from Brooklyn Nine Nine, the rest are just meh. No originality at all.
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Jan 18, 2015
It sounds like the contracts are coming to an end for Bones would could mean the end of the show. "Nothing could make us happier" implies that they'll only renew the show if they're happy with the deal they make with the stars.
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Jan 18, 2015
The X-Files is one of my most favorite shows of all time, so its hard to be objective. I'd be lying if I said that the mere mention of bringing it back with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on board didn't give me goosebumps.

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Jan 18, 2015
Somehow I think Kiefer Sutherland would be pissed if he wasn't the main character. Like I can imagine him picking up the phone and screaming at people, lol. With that said, I just think that next season should be the sequel to the end of last season. Yvonne Strahovski was really good so they should have her help Jack.
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Jan 18, 2015
24 is Jack Bauer and Jack Bauer is 24. One does not exist without the other. It's blasphemy!
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Jan 18, 2015
I wouldn't mind if the X-files did return seeing that the main story line hasn't completed (haven't gotten around to the season 10 comics so if it has a conclusion I'm sorry). However I have a feeling they would screw it up somehow.
I don't think it would work well as a "reboot". I don't think I could see another actor/actress filling the roles of Mulder and Scully. IMO the series could work fine following a different pair of FBI agents, as long as it's NOT like seasons 8/9 of the original series. That and it's not super "flashy" (filled with explosions and a ton of special effects with no story line) like the 1st movie was.
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Jan 18, 2015
"The network is "excited about creative changes" coming to the show to make it more episodic and less serialized."

I never want to hear this about shows that I enjoy. I understand that networks like episodic shows because they are more accessible but usually the overall narrative suffers for it. It is much better to start off mostly episodic and then transition over a few seasons to something more serialized, kind of like what Person of Interest did.
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Jan 18, 2015
Wow, no wonder they're doing so badly. I shook my head so many times I'm dizzy now.

24 without Jack is guaranteed to fail. It's like doing X-Files without Mulder or Scully, which they did, and it failed, and it sounds like they're thinking of doing it again.

Prison Break's premise was only good for one season, two at the most. it's not the kind of thing you can do again because it's too limited to make fresh: there must be a prison and you must escape from it. I've already seen that. Twice.

And why on Earth would you want to copy the one network doing worse than you are? Don't fall into that live-action play abyss, Fox. Please don't.

And this.....oh boy, as someone who was hoping Sleepy Hollow would turn around, THIS filled me with rage:
The network is "excited about creative changes" coming to the show to make it more episodic and less serialized. Walden said that the show's formula was examined at the midpoint of Season 2 as "part of the diagnostic process," and the network hopes that the changes will make it less "overly serialized" and "return the fun to it."

THE FUN IS BEING LOST BECAUSE IT'S BECOMING EPISODIC, YOU IDIOOOOOOOOOTS!
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Jan 18, 2015
Wow, making an M. Night Shyamalan show your center piece for anything would lead one to have to question your decision making paradigm. That might be the dumbest thing I have seen Fox do yet. And I watched that time travel dinosaur show and Alcatraz.
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Jan 18, 2015
Oh yeah i forget, and IF FOX bring X-Files back i will scream, it needs one FINAL film to focus on the invasion/colonasation and that's it, no reboot, no continuation in TV form, just NO

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Jan 18, 2015
I don't understand ANY decisions that the FOX bosses make, they either cancel a show that clearly had a cult following and had a lot of story to tell or potential to be one of the best shows of all time (Firefly) milking the cash cow for way too long (Bones, Glee, The Following) or consider bringing favourites back because their new programming are completely failing (24 and now Prison Break)

- 24 WITHOUT Jack Bauer will bomb, even if Tony comes back and is the protagonist, there is no way the audience will stick around for it, and i KNOW i am in the minority but i thought the LAD finale could easily act as a series finale

- Bones has CLEARLY ran it's course, 10 seasons is enough, just END it man. don't turn it into CSI PLEASE!

- As much i am a fan of The Following (Yeah it is ridiculously silly but i don't take shows like this seriously, it doesn't aspire to be the next The Sopranos or Breaking Bad, it is just a fun serial killer thriller with incompetent cops) i think the show should have ended after one season, season 2 was not as good, and although i am eagerly awaiting the 'rebooted' third season, 15 episodes should have been enough

- And Prison Break is my 2nd favourite show of all time, i loved 1-3 and the first half of 4, but the latter half sucked, ending with a great finale (and the last half of The Final Break was great too, albeit pointless) and as an avid fan, i have no idea why Wentworth/Dominic or FOX would want to bring it back when it ended so.....FINAL..... It makes no sense, they can reboot it but how would Wentworth fit into it? would he just write for it? it baffles me, i understand why they brought 24 back for LAD, because season 8 had an open ending so it could continue, i understand why NBC brought Heroes back, because the show was cancelled before it could wrap the stories and characters up,but Prison Break's end was exactly that.... an END
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Jan 18, 2015
24 without Jack Bauer? Eh........no.
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Jan 17, 2015
I've been hoping for a third X-Files movie since the second one came out, but a miniseries would be even better.
. As far as Sleepy Hollow, WTF!!! Yes, the second season has been a major letdown, but it's because the increased episode count made the show more "episodic" with stupid filler episodes. Serialization is what keeps me interested in a show. I struggled to get through Sleepy Hollow so far, figuring that it will get better at the end of the season, but now I want to just give up completely.
How about a Buffy miniseries!
A 24 miniseries without Jack Bauer would be acceptable only if they first give him a proper send off. It was a great ending for the miniseries but not for Jack Bauer.
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Jan 18, 2015
Buffy wasn't on Fox, it was WB/UPN.
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Jan 18, 2015
It wasn't on the Fox network, but it was produced and owned by Fox
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