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TCA News: With movie ELIXER, ABC Family brings more musical programming to the net

ABC Family President Michael Riley | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

As ABC Family continues to have success with various series in different genres like SWITCHED AT BIRTH, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and MELISSA AND JOEY, the next phase of development for President Michael Riley is bringing more musical programming to the net. “Music is a direction we want to weave more into our programming,” says Riley at today’s TCA press event. First up is a made-for-TV musical called ELIXER starring Chelsea Kane and Jane Seymour about a mother who takes a youth potion and decides to crash her estranged daughter’s wedding to save her from marrying the wrong man. “We started …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC Family thrilled with the success of THE LYING GAME

Alexandra Chando plays twins in THE LYING GAME | ©2011 ABC Family/Colleen Hayes

While THE LYING GAME performed well during the first half of Season 1 last summer, ABC Family President Michael Riley says the slight changes made to the second half of the season and a time slot shift this month has rewarded the net with another super hit. “We knew we had something special last summer,” Riley says at today’s TCA ABC Family press conference. “We had had five shows that we put into production. That was double the number of new shows we’ve had ant any given moment. We knew as a cable network, we didn’t want to launch everything …Read On »

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TCA News: CHLOE KING made-for-TV movie in development at ABC Family

Skyler Samuels in THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING - Season 1 - "Heartbreaker"| ©2011 ABC Family/Eric McCandless

Even though THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING didn’t get renewed for a second season on ABC Family, there is potentially good news on the horizon. At today’s TCA press session, ABC Family President Michael Riley says they are currently developing a made-for-TV movie continuing the adventures of the characters from the genre series about a girl who discovers she has cat-like super powers. “That was a great example of a great show where we loved the writing and for us it was about making some decisions and we had to choose what was resonating stronger with the audience,” says …Read On »

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TCA News: BONES creator says it will likely return for Season 8

Emily Descanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Memories in The Shallow Grave" | ©2011 Fox/Beth Dubber

If you’re wondering whether BONES will return for an eighth season, creator Hart Hanson confirmed today that he’s confident the show has more life in it. “Hell yeah,” says Hanson via Skype at Fox’s TCA press tour today while talking about his the BONES spin-off THE FINDER. “I’m very confident we will come to an agreement and have an eighth season of BONES. We’re excited about it and have story ideas. Putting Booth and Brenann together, raising a child, as far as we’re concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn’t want to figure out who to do another year of them …Read On »

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TCA News: The future of TERRA NOVA is still uncertain according to Fox

Stephen Lang and Jason O'Mara in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Resistance" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Despite strong ratings, Fox is still not committing to a second season of TERRA NOVA yet. At today’s Fox TCA session, Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says with a smile “we’ve done a good job avoiding some of these big decisions until after these sessions.” That said, Reilly admits that once again they have a high class problem with so many strong hits, and not enough real estate. Another factor, though not mentioned, is that the net is probably waiting until their midseason dramas TOUCH and ALCATRAZ air to see how they fare before pulling the trigger on anything else. “It …Read On »

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TCA News: Fox wants to keep Ryan Seacrest on AMERICAN IDOL

Ryan Seacrest in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

After watching THE X FACTOR host Steve Jones struggle throughout the first season, it became quite clear that Ryan Seacrest is a natural when it comes to handling contestants, overruns and political correctness on AMERICAN IDOL. This was not lost on Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly who says that job “is much harder than meets the idea.” “Everyone has come to value the idea of a Ryan Seacrest,” says Reilly. “It’s a very hard job to do.” The question is, how much is he worth? If Fox has it’s way, they definitely want to keep him in the IDOL fold, …Read On »

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TCA News: Fox officially cancels ALLEN GREGORY and explains why

The characters of ALLEN GREGORY - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

In this day and age, TV shows aren’t cancelled anymore, they’re just quietly taken off the air with hopes no one will notice. In the case of Fox’s new animated series ALLEN GREGORY (co-created and voiced by Jonah Hill), Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly confirmed today at the FOX TCA press session that the show is indeed cancelled and won’t be back. “We will not be making any more ALLEN GREGORYs,” says Reilly. “We had a great experience with Jonah. We’re in business with him. He has a live action comedy with us. We tried it, but creative content is …Read On »

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TCA News: There will be no GLEE spin-off next year according to Fox

The Trouble Tones perform during Sectionals in GLEE - Season 3 - "Hold On To Sixteen" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

For awhile, it looked like Fox and GLEE co-creator Ryan Murphy were going to spin-off the show with its graduating characters next season. At today’s Fox TCA press session, Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says those plans have been scrapped. “We are graduating the characters, but Ryan and the guys have come up with a cool idea,” says Reilly. “It’s led to a very interesting idea for something cool to dig into next season. That’s all I can say about it now. It’s going to set us up in the spring with a batch of episodes and into next year.” LET …Read On »

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TCA News: Fox says FRINGE is on the bubble for Season 5 renewal

Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble in FRINGE - Season 4 | ©2011 Fox/Andrew Matusik

Will FRINGE be back for a Season 5? That was one of the questions looming large during Fox’s TCA executive session where Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says he has a hard decision to make on the show in the coming weeks. “FRINGE has been a point of pride,” says Reilly. “I share the passion for the show as the fans have. Fox, having let down genre fans in the past, put one on [and kept it on]. I love that the fans stuck with us when it went to Friday nights. It vastly improved our Friday night. We have a …Read On »

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Breaking News: Yes, STAR TREK 2 will be in 3D, but post-converted according to J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams at the SUPER 8 celebrates the Blu-ray and DVD release | ©2011 Su Schneider

As J.J. Abrams fears up to direct STAR TREK 2, rumors of characters and plots have been bubbling to the surface, yet there is one thing that is concrete – the movie will be in 3D. J.J. Abrams spoke briefly about what’s happening with STAR TREK 2 while promoting his new show ALCATRAZ at today’s FOX TCA press tour. “The studio wanted to do [3D] and I didn’t want to,” says Abrams. “When I saw parts of the first movie converted though, I thought, ‘it’s okay with them doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie I wanted …Read On »

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