FOX Scraps 'Glee' Spin-Off, Wants to Keep Ryan Seacrest for 'American Idol'
The planned "Glee" spin-off is no longer on FOX's list of upcoming TV shows. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the network's entertainment chief Kevin Reilly stated, "There will not be a Glee spin-off."
Confirming that some senior characters will graduate in the end of season 3, Reilly gushed that creator Ryan Murphy has come up with "a really interesting idea that I think will give us something to dig into next season, and it [starts with] the spring batch of episodes."
He added that Lea Michele will stay on the musical series, but it's unclear if Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will also be part of the show after their characters are graduating from McKinley High School.
Also at the panel taking place this Sunday, January 8, Reilly talked about the future of Ryan Seacrest on "American Idol". "I think everyone has come to realize the value of Ryan Seacrest. It's very hard to imagine the show without Ryan. We certainly want to keep him," he admitted.
Expressing a similar hope, Seacrest said, "I love this television show... and I can't imagine life without American Idol." His contract will expire after the show wraps its upcoming eleventh season, but discussions about his future on the show have yet to begin. Reilly thinks they will get through a "tough negotiation", but believes it will "come to a conclusion pretty quickly."
On the same occasion, President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell took a jab at "The Voice" which recently tapped Kelly Clarkson as one of guest mentors. "It's a compliment to Idol. Other shows want to use our stars for their shows. We're not hiring a lot of people from The Voice to be on our show," he said of Clarkson's involvement on the NBC reality series.
Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz went on adding, "Their auditions are not an open call like us. They cast their show." Another executive producer Ken Warwick chimed in, "This is the show that produces the stars," calling the winner of British "The X Factor", Leona Lewis, a "one and a half hit wonder."
As of the future of other TV series, Reilly confirmed at the panel that animated show "Allen Gregory" is officially canceled. While talking about the challenges to produce "Terra Nova", "Fringe" and "House M.D.", he insisted that no decision has been made on these three shows.
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