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Fox chairman Kevin Reilly stepping down

Kevin Reilly

Associated Press

Kevin Reilly

Fox announced Thursday that its broadcast chairman Kevin Reilly is leaving the network at the end of June. The news comes at a weird time, given that Reilly presented at Fox’s upfronts presentation just a few weeks ago.

Reilly joined Fox in 2007 as its entertainment president after a stint at NBC. Prior to NBC, he was a key player at FX. The network has already begun a search for his successor, according to the Los Angeles Times

Fox didn’t have a great year under Reilly, with declining ratings and an inability to win the coveted 18-49 demographic this season despite having the top ratings in that demo for nearly a decade. Previously under Reilly, Fox developed big hits like 24, House, Bones and Glee.

The network ended this TV season in fourth place in overall viewers, mostly due the large ratings for NFL football games. But its entertainment branch struggled, particularly shows like the once-huge American Idol, which had its lowest-rated episode ever this season. Fox also failed to launch a big hit, aside from the breakout Sleepy Hollow.

Reilly made a bold declaration at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this year when he announced the network would be doing away the arduous process of pilot season. Instead, they’d focus on ordering and producing shows year-round.

Our biggest worry now that Reilly is leaving? The fate of The Mindy Project, a pet project of his that is coming back for a third season in the fall despite low ratings. Here’s hoping that whoever replaces him loves Mindy Kaling as much as we do.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:46pm]


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