Ahead of the start of the Fall TV season, Fox Television Group CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman hosted FOX’s annual Fall launch party which aims to rebuild the network which has been in a ratings slump of late.
Speaking with Deadline, Walden offered a brief update on whether the network plans to continue with “24” following its return with this year’s ‘Live Another Day’ event series:
“We are talking about it, thinking about when would be the best opportunity for it. We are checking with our creative partners how much enthusiasm they have for doing another installment. We were really pleased with this past season, just thought creatively it was top-notch.
That was a great reward to the fans of the show who were ready to see more episodes of Jack Bauer, and it was a great financial endeavor for all of us – especially when you look at our businesses holistically, where it gave FBC a real shot in the arm in terms of ratings and viewers who were circulating on our network well into summer, and the studio, which made a lucrative SVOD deal around the event of bringing the show back.”
In other news, Warner Horizon is about to begin pitches to digital and cable outlets in the coming days to try and score a pickup for A&E’s drama series “Longmire” following its abrupt cancellation two weeks ago.
Netflix and Amazon are expected to hear the pitch, Amazon in particular is said to have expressed early interest, though other cable networks like TNT and AMC aren’t said to be involved or interested at this point.
“Longmire” averaged a very solid 5.6 million viewer per episode audience, but it was an older-skewing audience which network advertisers aren’t fans of. Subscription-based VOD services on the other hand have no such qualms.
Warner Horizon also has some breathing room to find a new residence with the show’s cast under contracts through early next year.