I posted the press release earlier, but I didn’t have any time to think about then. Here are my quick thoughts now:
- What’s with FOX and all the Peters? Peter Chernin decides to call it quits and start running a production studio and Peter Liguori is out, Peter Rice in. FOX seems to have its own brand of the Peter Principle – and I’m meaning that only as a play on words. By all accounts it seems Peter Chernin was a fantastic executive.
- As for Dollhouse, I seriously doubt it means anything at all. We think all the episodes will air this year and based on the ratings and trends so far, I was never particularly optimistic for next year anyway. I don’t see the exec changes meaning anything at all for Dollhouse. But it will be interesting to see what the new regime thinks of things like Remote Free TV.
- But what do these changes mean for Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly? Reilly is slated to report to Peter Rice. But with Peter Chernin gone and now Peter Liguori gone as well, that doesn’t seem to bode well for Kevin as it looks like the people who brought him back to Fox are now out. Will we be hearing of more organizational announcements in the future? It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
- The timing seems curious. The changes were made before the upfronts and before the current development season cranked out all its pilots. Effectively that seems that Liguori wasn’t even given a chance to see how well the development stuff he set into motion panned out.