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Kevin Reilly in Talks to Join Fox

Jul 6, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Former NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly is in talks with Fox Broadcasting Co. to join the network under his former FX boss Peter Liguori, sources said.
Mr. Reilly likely would take a lead programming role, with current entertainment president Mr. Liguori ascending to a more managerial position. Mr. Reilly and Mr. Liguori had a similar working arrangement at FX, where they helped establish the network as “the HBO of basic cable” with edgy scripted fare such as “The Shield” and “Nip/Tuck.”
Joining the top-rated Fox network would represent a professional victory for Mr. Reilly following his unceremonious ouster from fourth-rated NBC last month. At NBC, Mr. Reilly was responsible for acclaimed scripted series such as “Heroes,” “Friday Night Lights” and “The Office,” but the network as a whole struggled to gain ratings traction.
Fox already has ratings dominance thanks to reality hits like “American Idol,” but it needs stronger scripted programs to join its heavy-hitter drama “House” and the aging “24.”
Early rumors had Mr. Reilly replacing Mr. Liguori, whose new scripted efforts have struck out this season despite the network finishing in first place in the key 18 to 49 demographic.
Another question mark is Fox’s reality guru Mike Darnell, who is being courted by Mr. Reilly’s successor at NBC, Ben Silverman. Oddsmakers continue to assume Mr. Darnell will remain at Fox. If Mr. Reilly joins Fox, it’s unclear to whom Mr. Darnell will report.
Fox had no comment.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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