As the Walt Disney/21st Century Fox deal continues its way through regulatory scrutiny, it’s business as usual at the company’s FOX broadcasting network. Which, in the short term, means the network’s two Warner Bros. Television co-productions Gotham and Lucifer are as safe as their ratings suggest through the merger, which will be finalized 12-18 months from now.
The announcement comes from Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden, who explained at the Television Critics Association winter press tour yesterday how the network and its production arm will continue through the merger proceedings. Until the deal is finalized, 20th Century Fox and its television production units are still separate companies, which means they must continue on in their best short-term interests. And even if the merger is completed successfully, FOX — the broadcasting network — will not be owned by Disney. Both it and its owned-and-operated local TV stations will be part of a separate company Walden referred to as “New Fox.” That autonomy means Gotham and Lucifer will still have a home in 2019 and beyond should their ratings warrant renewal.
Not that Walden was ready to reveal any specific renewals for the 2018/2019 season. “It’s a little bit early to be talking about that, we’re very happy with the creative right now,” she said. “But we don’t have anything to announce.”
(h/t TV Guide)
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