5 Things We Learned at TCA: Day 9

Variety | 2/6/2019 | Variety Staff
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At the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour Wednesday, Fox presented several of their programs — and debuted a sense of what “new Fox,” a network left out of Disney’s 20th Century Fox acquisition, will look like. Panels included a valedictory look at “Gotham” before its final season, an omnibus presentation of several of the network’s dramas at once, a look at breakout hit “The Masked Singer” and a table read of the new Emily Spivey-created animated series “Bless the Harts.”

This is the second broadcast-network panel in two days to feature the debut of a network head whose job has been impacted by the Disney/Fox merger; following new ABC chief Karey Burke yesterday, Charlie Collier, late of AMC, took the stage. Here’s what Variety learned from him and from his shows’ panels.

Nimbler - Fox

A Nimbler Fox?

Fox Entertainment CEO Collier delivered an opening executive session that was long on notions about how the so-called “New Fox” — spun off from the 20th Century Fox properties, including the Fox studio, purchased by Disney — might compete in the marketplace but short on real specifics. Collier (who, in a nod to his cable past and broadcast present, was introduced by “Better Call Saul” actor Jonathan Banks dressed as a “Masked Singer” contestant), compared Fox to Hulu when it became the first streaming service to win a series Emmy or to HBO when it broke through in the late 1990s. Fox now, in his telling, is “nimble enough to fit in the corners that others can’t or simply won’t.” To that end, former Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman has been brought in to lead a “content accelerator” called SideCar, helping to seed the ground with potential hits as Fox adjusts to a world without a dedicated studio as a corporate sibling.

Renewal - TCA

The only renewal announced at TCA...
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