Fox eyes more comedies, cancels 'Prison Break'

Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:54pm EST
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is staging a comedy reboot.

The network, whose sole live-action comedy "'Til Death" was recently renewed for another season despite low ratings, said Tuesday it plans to greenlight five comedy pilots in the next week.

"We're doubling down our commitment to comedy, and we're rebuilding the live-action comedy brand," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said during the network's portion of the Television Critics Assn.'s winter press tour.

Reilly said he plans five comedy pilots for fall and at least five dramas. Also in contention for fall will be a reshot version of the sci-fi comedy "Boldly Going Nowhere," originally developed for midseason, and Ron Moore's "Virtuality" pilot is being overhauled.

"It could air as-is and a certain segment of the audience would flip for it," Reilly said. "But it's a little dense."

Reilly also confirmed that this is the final season for "Prison Break." In addition to the remaining four episodes, there's a possibility of a couple more episodes being shot.

The show is just played out," Reilly said. "Creatively, everybody feels enough stories have been told. ... We want to finish strong and not just gimp out next season. They have a cool ending."

Fox also will seat its Mitch Hurwitz animated comedy "Sit Down, Shut Up" on April 19, filling in the "King of the Hill" slot on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. after "The Simpsons." "Sit Down" will take over after "King" has its series finale.   Continued...

<p>Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly is shown during a break during the Fox network summer press tour in Beverly Hills July 14, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>