Exec session full of easy answers to potential problems with 'Glee,' 'X Factor' and more
At last summer's press tour, critics appeared to smell blood in the water at FOX. For years, the network had followed a pattern of tanking in the fall, then roaring ahead to number one in the ratings almost entirely on the strength of "American Idol." But going into last season, "Idol" was an old show, one that had slipped in the Nielsens, and one that was about to reinvent its judging panel without Simon Cowell.
Instead, the J-Lo & Tyler-infused "Idol" was up in the ratings, FOX again easily won the season, etc., etc.
Still, that didn't stop the press from once again pointing at all the vulnerable spots on FOX's schedule at this summer's executive session. But it was hard to blame FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly for taking on all the barbs with a "What, me worry?" attitude.