The drug-related death last month of
Speaking to the media at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn. press tour here, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly initially said the episode in question "will deal directly with the incidents" of Monteith's passing.
However, in subsequent remarks Reilly seemed to backpedal from the suggestion that Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, would meet a similar fate, explaining that the show's creator,
Given that Monteith died only a few weeks ago, there was some surprise that "Glee" didn't take a long break before returning to production. Reilly said "Glee" star
Fox will also produce public service announcements featuring cast members talking about the untimely passing of Monteith and the perils of drug addiction.
Reilly spent much of his time calling for more accurate television ratings that consider viewing on all platforms, including online and video-on-demand. While such measurements are available, a one-size-fits-all rating is still lacking.
"Measurement is something we've really got to do a better job of getting our hands around," Reilly said, noting that ratings that come the day after a show airs are becoming less relevant in determining the popularity of a particular program.
Reilly noted that
"Sometimes I read stories that nobody is watching network television anymore, well that's a lot of nobodies," Reilly said. "The audiences are still enormous across multiple platforms."
Reilly urged the media to dig deeper than next-day numbers when judging a show's performance. Shows on cable and
"You have to combine 'Louie' and
As for Netflix, Reilly chided the streaming service for failing to release viewership information about its shows.
"Netflix speaks loudly to an unreported mystery audience," he cracked, adding later that he was jealous that the company doesn't have to play the ratings game. "Good for them, they get to live in that world."
Although Reilly was trying to make the case that broadcast ratings no longer tell the whole story, he didn't shy away from the fact that Fox is coming off a season in which it saw declines in ratings and had several flops, including
"We were down last year and that's the fact, we're going to be up this year," he said.
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Reilly also took heat from critics about the politically incorrect humor of the network's new situation comedy, "Dads," which is from
"I really ask you with that show in particular to have the discussion in January," he said. The critics did not seem willing to oblige, however.
Fox also announced it was going to make its own version of the hit British drama "Broadchurch," about the mysterious death of a boy and how it tears his seaside town apart.