In the wake of this morning’s announcement of FOX’s 2016-17 schedule, network chairman and CEO Dana Walden has spoken with THR about several of the series on their slate that some have had questions about.
First up, the new show that she says the network is the most proud of is the “Lethal Weapon” TV series, saying the producers on it “delivered exactly what we wanted” and that the results are “very broadly appealing”.
Then there’s “24: Legacy,” the Kiefer Sutherland-less version of the real-time action thriller series which is set for a post- Superbowl launch on February 5th. The first hour of a two-part series launch will take place that night, before the second part airs the next day in the show’s regular 8pm Monday timeslot.
Finally there’s “Sleepy Hollow” which was given a reprieve from the axe for a fourth season. Walden is not ready to call the new season the last as “she’s genuinely unsure whether it will be.” The departure of Nichole Beharie’s co-lead led to a backlash, despite the actress reportedly being unhappy for some time and personally being asked to be written off.
Walden says the network initially didn’t want her to leave: “A variety of factors led to that end of the season this year… it wasn’t a decision we wanted to make. We were put in a place where that decision had to be made.”