Top Fox network executive Kevin Reilly is leaving his post. Reilly, who has served as Fox’s Entertainment Chairman since 2007, announced his resignation today following a rough TV season ratings-wise.
In January, Reilly announced he wanted to abandon broadcast TV’s traditional pilot season model, in which networks spend a bunch of money to film pilot episodes of dozens of prospective shows every spring, only to pick up a handful of them in the fall. Reilly had just started to implement this plan, giving comedies Mulaney and Will Forte’s Last Man on Earth straight-to-series orders. Time will tell whether his successor continues with his plan to abandon pilot season in favor of a year-round development season or if he or she just goes straight back to the old way of doing things.