Will Bones finally bite the dust after Season 10?
"I hope this year is not its last year," Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday. "It's Emily and David's last year contractually," he noted, adding that "I hope it will come back."
Similarly, Rice would like to see more of 24 following its recent resurrection via the show's Live Another Day event series this year. "I loved this season of 24, but we haven't had a specific conversation about it coming back yet," he said. "I'm sure we will in the future. It's a fantastic franchise. I think it still has many more stories to tell."
Here's what else Rice had to say:
On how American Idol failed:
Rice was high on Idol going into its 14th season, but he does have one gripe. "I think it is aging gracefully," he said. "[But] we haven't found, in the last two years, a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public."
On Hieroglyph's quick demise:
Fox gave its period drama Hieroglyph a straight-to-series order last year and previewed it during the Upfronts in May, the network canceled the series earlier this summer. "It was a really ambitious project," Rice explained. "Ultimately we looked at the first episode. It didn't really live up to the ambitions we had for it. When you take a swing that big, you want to land it. Rather than plodding through the episodes ... and hoping to fix it on the fly, we decided to stop."
On why Glee got cut short:
Rice said that the upcoming sixth and final season of the musical drama was cut from 22 to only 13 episodes because it allowed the network to air all the 13 episodes in a straight run instead of splitting it into two halves over a season, which apparently is how he claims Fox is "celebrating" the final season.
"We'll get to the end of the year and sit down with Nigel [Lythgoe] and see where we stand," Rice said. "I hope it comes back."
On reconsidering the passed-over pilot Cabot College from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock:
The project didn't get picked up for the 2014-2015 season, but Rice said it was still in development. In its initial incarnation, Margaret Cho starred as the divisive president of a women's college in rural New Hampshire that opens its door to four men for the first time.
On Fox's new management regime:
Gary Newman and Dana Walden won't take up the mantle of co-heads of the newly formed Fox Television Group—comprised of Fox Broadcasting Company and the 20th Century Fox Television studio—until the end of July. "We've been the odd man out in terms of how the other networks and studios have been aligned," Rice said. "Ultimately, it will be good for creative talent we partner with. We're open for business throughout the town."
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