Fox Executive Panel: SYTYCD Stays Once A Week, Britney Welcome to Come Back (UPDATED)

The FOX Executive session followed right after The American Idol hour. Here are a few tidbits from the honchos at FOX. News on X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance.

So You Think You Can Dance:

SYTYCD will remain a once a week show. No. I don’t think it worked, Kevin…

@thefutoncritic: FOX at #TCA: Mike Darnell says #SYTYCD will remain once a week this summer, have other things to fill schedule real estate.

@RealityBlurred: #SYTYCD’s once-a-week format, Fox’s Kevin Reilly says, “it worked, right?” “We liked the momentum” of eliminations in one episode.

X Factor:

No decisions have been made on which X Factor judges will return (LA Reid resigned a few weeks ago), But FOX exec, Kevin Reilly says Britney Spears did a good job and is welcome to come back. Hm. Also, the score will be settled with NBC for programming The Voice directly against X Factor. Maybe with Idol scheduling?

@BastardMachine: “It went in the file…the score will be settled at a later date….” Reilly on NBC putting Voice against X-Factor premiere. Oh, it’s ON now.

JarettSays: Britney Spears “did a really good job,” per Kevin Reilly.”Pound for pound, I thought #TheXFactor was excellent this year.”

TVGuideMagazine: Kevin Reilly says he would be on board for bringing Britney Spears back to #XFactor but no decisions have been made #TCA13

realityblurred: Fox president Kevin Reilly says #XFactor was “a better show this year” and says Britney Spears “did a really good job.” Uh, okay.

UPDATE:  FOX Reality Cheif, Mike Darnell is a little more forthcoming with the reporters post-executive session. Via Entertainment Weekly:

“I thought the talent was amazing,” Darnell said. “Carly Rose was one of the best singers we had on any of these shows. I thought the judges worked. What didn’t work was the schedule. I know no one wants to believe that. It was the worst schedule that one of theses shows has had. We had baseball [preemption], which is normal. We had a had a rain delay [one week] where we only aired half an episode. We had Halloween. We had The Voice air against us on our premiere. It was one thing after another. It’s hard for any show to survive that.”

I guess you could argue some of the performances and visuals were over the top,” he admitted. “But that’s what X Factor is. I like that it separates it from the other [singing] shows.”

And what about the new hosts, Mario Lopez and Khole Kardashian?

I think the hosts were okay,” Darnell said. “I think Mario knows how to be a host. I think Khole was new. And I thought for someone new she did okay. She never hosted before.”


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