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Press Tour '11 Live-Blog: FOX Executive Session

Kevin Reilly -- no Peter Rice -- meets with the TCA

The past few TCA press tours, FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly has shared the dais with FOX Chairman Peter Rice, whose greatest contribution has been attempting to prove that he does, in fact, watch television. On Friday (August 4), it's only Reilly.

Let the inevitable fireworks begin...

11:34 a.m. Kevin Reilly says that, alas, he cannot confirm anything about Jennifer Lopez on "American Idol." He warns us that this won't be a newsy session, but that FOX is proud of its shows this year. He predicts that FOX is going to have success in every genre this year. That means that he's optimistic about "New Girl."

11:35 a.m. First question is about "Glee" and cast morale. "I was extreme upset myself to learn about this on Twitter... I'm kidding," Reilly says, saying it's taken on a little bit more heat and momentum than it actually. "This show is such an undertaking and the management of the whole enterprise..." he begins to give us an impression of the overall scope. "It's a big management undertaking," Reilly says. "I think that Ryan and his group of associates there do a phenomenal job of managing that," he says. He adds that the possible spinoff is still in the wind. He promises this will be a back-to-basics year on "Glee." He says, "'Glee' is an incredibly creative enterprise," adding that the worst you can say is that it's "too much of a good thing." 

11:40 a.m. "Those guys get along really well," Kevin says, adding that "Ryan [Murphy] is who he is and that's why I love him." He continues to emphasize that there are no problems on "Glee." He ignores my question about whether or not there's a perception problem, even if there's no actual problem. "I think it's really going to play itself out when you see the work this season."

11:42 a.m. "The history of FOX has been a patchy fall," Reilly admits. FOX is looking forward to the ALCS this year, hoping that the Red Sox and Yankees might boost the network. Yes, he has high hopes for "The X Factor," but he looks across the week and feels good about the other nights. "I want to be a year-round network," Reilly swears. "We've got multiple shows that could work. We know about the noise that 'Terra Nova' is going to make," he says, even threatening that "we're going to be a force in comedy this year." He salutes "Raising Hope" and "New Girl." He makes no mention of "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." For good reason.

11:44 a.m. Will the "Glee 3-D" movie boost the show? "I think it's neither here nor there for the series," Reilly says.

11:45 a.m. What's up with Seth MacFarlane's "Cosmos" and why are they doing it? "This is a very unique property. It really doesn't feel like a natural properly on FOX," Reilly admits it. He values the property and says that in addition to people loving the original "Cosmos," it had an ancillary benefit in drawing people to TV. "There's something about the brand that I think is enduring," Reilly says. Oh right. NatGeo is a sister network. He adds that "there's talk about a feature component" to "Cosmos" and that it will have "a long tail."

11:47 a.m. There will be a few weeks in which potential sixth or seventh games of baseball may force FOX to push "X Factor" to Tuesday nights, but otherwise it will be "pretty manageable." Most of the baseball will be over the weekends.

11:48 a.m. Poor "America's Most Wanted." Why has it been reduced? "We have some real legacy shows and that was one of them," Reilly says, calling it "an unsung hero." But apparently the show was surprisingly costly and "AMW" had become a financial loser. "We don't want to just reduce the show down to a nub," Reilly says. "That real estate... we're not going to be in the repeat business anymore," Reilly says of the need to get encores onto Saturdays. There will be specials and John Walsh is looking for a new network home.

11:50 a.m. What's happening with "Breaking In"? FOX still plans on going to a four-comedy block for the spring. They still have "Little in Common" and "Teenage Daughter" for the spring. "I liked 'Breaking In.' We all like 'Breaking In,'" Reilly says, calling it "a judgment call." Reilly says "Breaking In" still has a shot to be part of that four-comedy block. "Stranger things have happened," Reilly says, but he also clearly says that they haven't ordered anything, merely extended the option on the actors.

11:51 a.m. Is FOX confident "Terra Nova" will be able to deliver weekly episodes? Reilly has seen five episodes now. He admits that expectations were so elevated that they didn't want to put anything out premature. It sounds as if the special effects are going to push every episode to the last second. "They're right on schedule to where they need to be," Reilly swears. As for what "Terra Nova" brings to FOX, Reilly says he hopes this will be a show that demands the attention of viewers. "Every drama is a big bet. There is no inexpensive drama on television and that includes cable," Reilly says. "Terra Nova" has already been sold well internationally and because of amortized costs, it isn't such a big bet. He claims that even more than the concept and the effects, he likes the cast. "I think we've got a real shot with this," Reilly says.

11:55 a.m. The reality competition genre isn't cheap anymore, but in terms of the real estate they take up on the schedule, "The X Factor" and "American Idol" are still good value and that they are still highly profitable as far as advertisers are concerned. Reilly doesn't doubt, by the way, that a scripted show will be No. 1 for a season again someday. 

11:57 a.m. What are FOX's expectations for "Fringe" on Fridays? "One of the good things about having a strong network is that you can support creative shows that deserve to be on the air," Reilly says, calling "Fringe" one of the great victories for FOX last season. "I don't expect 'Fringe' to grow. It's a pretty complex show," Reilly says. "If 'Fringe' can do exactly what it did last year, we're going to be very, very happy with it and we'll see what happens in May," he adds.

11:59 a.m. And what about the future of "Bones"? "I think the producer would like to keep it going and we'd like to keep it going," Reilly says of possible future seasons for "Fringe." "We've been pretty darned happy with the performance of 'Bones' on Thursday night," Reilly adds.

12:00 p.m. What impact will "American Horror Story" on "Glee"? "Even if I had the talk, he wouldn't listen anyway," Reilly says of Ryan Murphy and the need to manage time. Reilly points out that up til this point, "Glee" has been written by three people and three people only and that this season will have a full staff. Reilly repeats that there won't be any big guest-star-driven episodes -- that means no Gwyneth -- or big theme-driven episodes. The fall "Glee" episodes will have a clear arc, with a graduation at the end. 

12:03 p.m. Will "House" be in its last season this year? "I can't confirm that it's the last season. We've talked pretty publicly about the potential for that," Reilly says. They're going to talk with Hugh Laurie and the creative team. "They want to go out strong, so we're going to revisit this later in the fall," Reilly says. FOX's only decision is whether this will be the last "House" season on FOX. Universal will still be able to pitch the show to other networks (NBC, duh).

12:04 p.m. "Million Dollar Money" drop is dead. Duh.

12:05 p.m. "It's the shows that bring them in," Reilly says of whether or not viewers still have brand loyalty for individual networks. FOX has research proving that viewers do, indeed, see FOX as being somewhat different.

12:06 p.m. "I thought it went pretty well. I loved it," Reilly says of the "X Factor" panel. He raves about "the dark charm" of Simon Cowell. "You can't resist him," Reilly says of Cowell. "I love the composition and electricity of this panel," Reilly says of his "X Factor" team. If he's referring to electricity," he may have missed Nicole Scherzinger's comatose mumbling.


That's all, folks... 





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<p>U2's Bono on the last night of their U2 360 tour</p>

U2's Bono on the last night of their U2 360 tour

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U2's 'Achtung Baby' gets expansive 20th anniversary reissue

Do you like U2? Do you like U2 $630-worth?

Hey, how much do you like U2? A lot? Did you help contribute to their historic 360 touring run? Do you hope and pray to hear "One" and "Mysterious Ways" and "Acrobat" in a big way?

And, perhaps, do you have about $630 to spare?

The Irish rockers are preparing a traditional and expanded reissue on their 1991 album "Achtung Baby" for its 20th anniversary, and by "expanded" I mean death-defyingly excessive.

Or Uber Deluxe, if you're their handlers. This six-CD, four-DVD, five-7" boxed kit may not get you out of the woods when and if you get lost, but it does come with a pair of sunglasses that are guaranteed to make you look like Bono*. "Zooropa," "Achtung's" follow-up, is included, as are some previously unreleased recordings from the album's sessions, a DVD of Toronto Film Festival opener "From the Sky Down," an 84-page hardback book of photos and recounts, etc. etc., all details here.

All in all, there will be five different configurations in which you can buy this reissue, including the single-disc original album and a vinyl boxed set.

I do not have half of a thousand dollars to spare, but this release does mark a special moment in the band's history. Not only did U2 kill the Rolling Stones' previous record for highest gorssing tour in the history of the world, but 20 years on my favorite U2 album is something to celebrate. It was darker, and more sophisticated, than anything they'd ever done before; Bono's lyricism stuck out as more eloquent and centered. And the band was famously fighting all during their Berlin-based Lanois/Eno recording stint.

Twenty years later? Can you name bands that old that still have their lineup intact?

I think I'll spring for the vinyl.

*Yes on sunglasses, but no on making you look like Bono, you're not even close.

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<p>A close-up look at Anne&nbsp;Hathaway as Selina Kyle in 'The Dark Knight Rises'</p>

A close-up look at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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First look: Anne Hathaway suits up as Catwoman for 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Is Warner in danger of having paparazzi ruin the whole film?

It's difficult enough for studios to figure out the logistics of giant location shoots these days when juggling things like tax incentives, movie star schedules, and an uncertain economy.

But when you factor in a secrecy-obsessed director, one of the most famous characters in pop culture, a rabid fanbase dying to know more, and a hungry paparazzi, you have the perfect storm that is the production so far of Christopher Nolan's mega-sequel "The Dark Knight Rises."

For much of the shoot so far in Oakland, PA and in other surrounding parts of Pittsburgh, there have been non-stop streams of paparazzi photos of the set and the cast.  Our first good look at Tom Hardy in his Bane costume came from a shoot on the Carnegie-Mellon campus, and the same shoot has now started yielding photos of Anne Hathaway's stunt double, in full costume, riding the Batpod.

In response, Warner Bros. has done the only thing they can do, really, and they've finally released their own official image.  And although it was obviously taken in a different location, they managed to choose a picture of Selina Kyle on the Batpod, suggesting that she either has a close working relationship with Batman in the new film, or access to the place where he stores all the cool toys. 

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Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel
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Press Tour: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel talks new TV roomies, songfest

Star also promises new She & Him holiday album

Zooey Deschanel, who was at the TCA press tour to promote her new Fox series "New Girl," was as cute as a button, as always -- not that she acknowledged it. When a reporter in the crowd asked her when she first realized she was adorable, Deschanel covered her ears. "My mom told me when I get compliments to cover my ears," she moaned. "I'm so embarrassed now. Thank you for saying that. I don't know if I'm adorable. Now I'm flustered…I don't think of myself that way but I will take the compliment."

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<p>The cast of the American &quot;The X&nbsp;Factor&quot;:&nbsp;Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.</p>

The cast of the American "The X Factor": Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.

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Press tour live-blog: FOX's 'The X Factor'

Is the world big enough for 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' to co-exist?

FOX's ratings this fall are going to depend almost entirely on the performance of a single show: "The X Factor," the Simon Cowell-produced singing competition that is not in any way like "American Idol" except in the ways that it is. I'm already sick of the promotion for this show, but I'm fascinated to see if it can succeed in a world where "Idol" exists (as opposed to the U.K., where "Pop Idol" ended as "X Factor" was beginning), where NBC has already had success with the "X Factor"-ish "The Voice," etc. So I'll be live-blogging this session as it goes along, to see just how confident Cowell, Paula Abdul, FOX reality czar Mike Darnell and the rest of the panel come across while they have to talk about "The Voice," the awkward departure of judge Cheryl Cole, and more.

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<p>Perry Farrell today at the Lollapalooza Grant Park grounds</p>

Perry Farrell today at the Lollapalooza Grant Park grounds

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Lollapalooza expands into Brazil, re-ups with Chile festival

Day One at the Chicago festival starts off with expansion announcements

CHICAGO - To celebrate Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary, festival founder Perry Farrell announced today that the event's reach is spreading out further into South America.

On the heels of the first annual Lollapalooza Chile this year, the svelte Jane's Addiction frontman told a crowd of sweaty journos this morning that Sao Paulo will host a two-day fest on April 7-8 in 2012 at the Jockey Club, and that the Santiago-based Lolla will return, to O'Higgins Park on March 31 and April 1.

"If you can imagine the creativity and excitement of Mardi Gras mixed in with Lollapalooza, it may look something like the 2012 Sao Paulo Brazil Lollapalooza," he said, wearing a decided un-Mardi Gras-ish striped button-down and oversized cuffs.

The Chile edition this year boasted performances from Jane's, the Killers and Kanye West

The announcement arrives on Day One of this three-day Windy City mainstay, sold-out again this year and leading with big names like Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and deadmau5. It was velebrated with champagne, which has set my day off to a funny start.

"This is a very very big year for us," Farrell said. "We have 90,000 weirdos showing up here today in Chicago."

Farrell also introduced a new class of weirdos into the Lolla fold, with a newly formed partnership with Boston's Berklee College of Music. The conjunction will bredd new scholarships for talented students nationwide and provide a new booking element to the festival's lineup.

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;and his daughter celebrate her birthday.</p>

"Louie" and his daughter celebrate her birthday.

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'Louie' - 'Oh, Louie/Tickets': Cook with beef

Louie and Dane Cook have it out in a very meta episode

A quick review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I try a natural laundry detergent...

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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Recap: The judges play favorites with a pet store challenge on 'Project Runway'

The worst outfit doesn't get the boot -- but why?

So, it's week two for our designers and, with no choice but to stare at Rafael's empty bed while making snide comments about him (oh wait, that's just Kimberly), they muse on their futures. Josh C. is feeling nervous. He should be. Those shorts were terrible last week, truly terrible 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Recap: The final four are chosen on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Will it be Melanie, Marko, Ashley, Ricky, Tadd or Sasha?

We begin with a pleasant contemporary dance with a big, old flower. It's fine, but nothing special. Which is probably fine, as these kids must be exhausted. We're down to the final six, and as Cat likes to constantly remind us, after tonight there will be four. Two people are going home. One guy, one girl. That's two, as in one, two. Though they aren't going home, as they have to stick around for the finale. But they won't be competing. So, it's like going home, but not. Cat is nothing if not thorough in explaining the meaning of an elimination show to us. Poor thing does have to find endless ways to fill up an hour-long show that only contains about two minutes of information, though. I guess Fox hasn't found a way to see 55 minutes of commercials and somehow convince us to stick around.

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<p>Wilfred (Jason Gann)&nbsp;and Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;try to talk their way out of trouble.</p>

Wilfred (Jason Gann) and Ryan (Elijah Wood) try to talk their way out of trouble.

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'Wilfred' - 'Pride': Sticking your neck out

Wilfred and Ryan have a series of sexual misadventures

Press tour is eating up every spare blogging minute at the moment, but I wanted to be sure to note that tonight's "Wilfredwas the episode that FX screened for fans at Comic-Con - and that the crowd (which included at least one 9-year-old boy) was equally horrified and amused by everything involving Wilfred and Raffi.

So sick, so strange, so funny, and such a good guest performance from Jane Kaczmarek. What did everybody else think of this one? And, if you have any lingering thoughts on last week's episode with Chris Klein, or where we're at with this point in the season, feel free to share them here.

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<p>Porsche of 'Big Brother'&nbsp;</p>
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Porsche of 'Big Brother' 

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - The Fourth Eviction

Did Brendon or Jordan get sent to talk to Julie Chen

Gotta start with big thanks to Ryan McGee, who's been filling in for me these past couple weeks while I've been covering Comic-Con and then the Television Critics Association press tour. While Ryan has been experiencing this season of "Big Brother" as a neophyte, I'm approaching Thursday (Aug. 4) night's episode from a different position of cluelessness, having missed two full weeks of episodes. In "Big Brother" land, two weeks is both a lifetime and the blink of an eye. I'm guessing that after I remember how to spell people's names, this won't be hard...

Click through for the minute-by-minute recap...

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<p>Anna Paquin in an unapproved image from &quot;Margaret.&quot; Or maybe it was.&nbsp; It's been awhile.</p>

Anna Paquin in an unapproved image from "Margaret." Or maybe it was.  It's been awhile.

'Margaret' will finally be released almost six years after production began

Anna Paquin drama has legendary behind-the-scenes drama

Fox Searchlight announced today that Kenneth Lonergan ensemble drama "Margaret" will be released in theaters Sept. 30.  Normally, this would be intriguing, but not major news in the movie industry except that "Margaret" is Lonergan's follow up to his critically acclaimed directorial debut "You Can Count on Me."  That film was released in 2000, almost 11 years ago.  

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