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 »


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 »


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 »


TCA News: J.J. Abrams says ALCATRAZ will be standalone, but with serialized elements

Sarah Jones, Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Justin Stephens

Like many TV shows executive produced by J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, ALIAS, LOST), there will be a heavy mythology component to his new Fox series ALCATRAZ which debuts Monday, January 16 . The story follows three people hunting down some of the most notorious criminals who were housed on the San Francisco island prison – 50 years after they mysteriously vanished While this seems ripe with heavy serialization, Abrams, who admits he loves serialized shows, explained today at Fox’s TCA press tour that the show is also designed to procedural in a sense as well. “This is a show that was […]Read On »


TCA News: Kiefer Sutherland says TOUCH role is completely different than 24’s Jack Bauer

Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz in TOUCH - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

This winter, Kiefer Sutherland returns to Fox network with the new genre series TOUCH playing Martin Bohm, a widowed father trying to communicate with his autistic 11-year old son (David Mazouz) who he discovers has the ability to discover unlikely numerical patterns that connect life on the planet. The show is created by Tim Kring (HEROES). While speaking at today’s FOX TCA press session, Sutherland spoke about jumping into the role of Bohm after wrapping up eight years of playing Jack Bauer on the Fox TV series 24. “[TOUCH] was unbelievably appealing, because it was so different, and I emotionally […]Read On »


Breaking News: Kiefer Sutherland says 24 movie will shoot this Spring

Kiefer Sutherland in 24 - Season Eight | ©2010 Fox

Fans of 24 have been waiting patiently for two years for the official greenlight of a movie based on the hit Fox series 24 and at today’s Fox TCA press session to promote his new Fox series TOUCH, Sutherland confirmed that the movie is now on the fast track. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting end of April, beginning of May,” says Sutherland. It’s not much, but it’s exciting to think the clock hasn’t stopped for Jack Bauer. (additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante) LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENTX […]Read On »


TCA News: Chelsea Handler glad she’s not playing herself on new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?

Jake McDorman, Lauren Lapkus, Mark Povinelli, Laura Prepon, Ali Wong, Lenny Clarke in ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? | ©2011 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Talk show host Chelsea Handler adds the sitcom to her resume with the new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? which is based on her book and life exploits and her love of Vodka. The series airs Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm beginning January 11 following WHITNEY. Laura Prepon plays a younger Chelsea, while Handler plays her own sister on the show. While speaking during NBC’s TCA press tour, Handler explained she didn’t want to play herself. “It’s a dream come true to have someone else portray me and a pleasure to play my sister,” says Handler. “Now I can […]Read On »


TCA News: Betty White is OFF HER ROCKER for new NBC reality show

Betty White in BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Matthias Clamer

At age 89 (soon to be 90), Betty White is one of the hottest and most sought after comediennes currently working today and now NBC has nabbed her for a new reality show called BETTY WHITE’S OFF HER ROCKER. In the series, she gets septuagenarians to do outrageous “hidden camera” pranks. Though the show doesn’t currently have a release date, White did appear at today’s NBC TCA press event to speak about her fortunate career that seems to be getting hotter every year. “I’m having the time of my life,” says White. “Usually you’re sweating out ‘when is the next […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC not worried about Howard Stern as an AMERICA’S GOT TALENT judge

Howard Stern on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON | ©2011 NBC/Lloyd Bishop

With Howard Stern set to take over for Piers Morgan on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT this summer, NBC has been taken to task by the Parents Television Council (PTC) for this decision, worried that Stern will tarnish the show’s family-friendly image. However, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBC TCA press tour says he’s not worried by Stern and his previous Shock Jock antics at all and thinks he will make a great addition to the hit summer franchise. “I’m not worried a bit,” says Greenblatt. “Aside from his radio personality, he’s a very thoughtful and intelligent person. He’s a […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC very proud of UP ALL NIGHT and hopes for growth on Thursday nights

Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in UP ALL NIGHT - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

Even though NBC gave its plum post THE OFFICE time slot to the traditional sitcom WHITNEY this fall, NBC has been very encouraged by the single camera comedy UP ALL NIGHT starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett that’s been holding its own on Wednesday nights. That’s one of the reasons NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt decided to move UP ALL NIGHT to Thursday nights at 9:30 midseason and spoke about the change at today’s TCA press tour. “We’re very buoyed by UP ALL NIGHT,” says Greenblatt. “It’s creatively strong and getting stronger. It was thrown out on its own on […]Read On »

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