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Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Leave Buffy the Vampire Slayer alone: "To resurrect her would be a cruel and ultimately selfish act..."
"...So, of course, network execs want to do it," says Aimée Lutkin, reacting to Fox TV Group chair Gary Newman calling Buffy "the most ripe show" for a reboot. "Let’s pray (Joss) Whedon never decides it’s time," Lutkin adds. "Watching Buffy was a formative experience for many, but things have changed—in particular, the perception of Whedon as a feminist hero, following a very public accusation of cheating from his wife on the set of that very show, as well as other emotional manipulations. While I personally can’t dismiss this beloved show, I still can’t imagine that a reboot with Whedon at the helm would be anything short of a total disaster. Buffy had her moment, but that moment has passed and is also still available to stream online when the mood strikes." ALSO: There are too many ways a Buffy revival could go wrong.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
Fox wants a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot to happen, but only if Joss Whedon says yes
Calling Buffy the "most ripe show" Fox has for a reboot, Fox TV group chair Gary Newman said at INTV conference in Jerusalem: “It’s something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.” ALSO: Newman admits he probably “wouldn’t get out of the building alive” if he rebooted Buffy. ALSO: Whedon said last year he worries about TV reboots, but won't rule out a Buffy revival.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Fox boss on ABC's American Idol reboot: “I wish them a little bit of luck — not too much”
“We’ll see what they can do,” Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman said at the TV press tour. He added: “The economics simply weren’t working anymore. We couldn’t get to a place with the producers where we could make changes to the format to make it more economical and heighten the intensity of the series.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
At Fox, it’s business as usual despite Disney deal — but Fox execs insist Disney won’t dilute The Simpsons or Family Guy
Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s may take between a year and 18 months, so Fox executives are proceeding with their jobs as usual. Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman did joke at this morning's the Television Critics Association session that he would be addressing “the elephant in the room… or in our case, the Mouse.” He added: “We have to operate at Fox as if this deal doesn’t go through ... We’ll worry down the road when this deal happens.” Asked if Disney will have any impact on Fox’s edgy animated comedies, Newman added: “They’re not acquiring Fox to create some kind of PG company, or as Bob Iger has put it, to ‘Disney-fy’ it.”
- Ryan Murphy had an “emotional" reaction to the Disney-Fox merger: "Am i going to have put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?" he said at the TV press tour. “I was not prepared for what happened,” but “I’m hopeful," he said. Murphy added that he received calls assuring him from both Fox's Rupert Murdoch and Disney's Bob Iger. "I’m sort of interested to see what that company is going to look like before I make any decisions," he said.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Fox says “it’s too early to even speculate” on the future of The X-Files
Fox executives were asked about the future of The X-Files, especially with Gillian Anderson announcing that she won’t return for another season and Chris Carter saying he couldn't do the show without her. “You could’ve asked Chris (Carter), David (Duchovny) and Gillian at various times since the show originally premiered whether they would do more,” Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman said at the TV Critics press tour. “Some days you’d get a ‘Yes,’ some days you’d get a ‘No.’ I would not exclude the possibility that there would be more. But not only is there no plan, there hasn’t been a single conversation. It’s too early to even speculate.” ALSO: Fox can't imagine The X-Files coming back without Gillian Anderson.