NO NEWS MIGHT BE GOOD NEWS FOR FOX.Byline: David Kronke Television Critic
With Fox high in the ratings and having not produced anything too appalling of late (save for, of course, ``Unan1mous''), there was little for network entertainment president Peter Liguori to spin or be challenged on during his session during the television press tour in Pasadena.
Liguori was essentially the only network executive to concede that the proliferation of serialized dramas -- about 10 join the prime-time schedule in the fall -- was worrisome. Serialized dramas demand closer attention from viewers, who risk betrayal for their efforts if the shows get prematurely canceled, as such series as ``Threshold,'' ``Reunion'' and ``Heist'' were last season.
``These are legitimate questions,'' Liguori said. ``We all have to start thinking about it. If these shows are canceled, and there's no explanation (how the story was to play out), and there's no satisfaction, next year, will audiences be really gun shy about committing to those shows?''
Summing up, Liguori said, ``This is going to be a really telling television season. How do we manage all these serialized shows?''
In addition to ``24,'' ``Prison Break'' and ``The O.C.,'' Fox has added one new serialized program, ``Vanished.'' Most of its new dramas are episodic with close-ended narratives.
Liguori admitted that he has found it ``somewhat frustrating'' that the network has not been able to develop yet another animated comedy for its Sunday lineup, where the live-action series ``The War at Home'' follows Fox stalwarts ``The Simpsons,'' ``King of the Hill,'' ``Family Guy'' and ``American Dad.''
``We push, we prod, we kick some tires,'' he said. ``There is no greater advertisement to the creative community (to develop an animated show) than every Sunday night Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, was an NBC late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. when we're out there, and there's a live-action show at 9:30 (p.m.).''
As for the network's longest-running series, Liguori declared, ``I'm going to be dead and buried before `The Simpsons' ever leaves our air.''
And regarding the network's current ratings juggernaut, ``America Idol,'' which manages to post ratings each year that surpass the stratospheric strat·o·spher·ic
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2. Extremely or unreasonably high: "money borrowed at today's stratospheric rates of interest" numbers of the previous season, Liguori said, ``We all prepare ourselves that eventually the show has got to experience some ratings erosion. I'm awed by how much it grows.
Each year, we can only predict some ratings erosion and then keep my fingers crossed.''
David Kronke, (818) 713-3638
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