Fox Tries Out Off-Cycle Shorter Runs for Series Like Revival ‘BH90210’

  • Variety
The new Fox is indeed trying something new.

The now stand-alone broadcaster is shifting its programming strategy and increasingly looking to run shows with shorter orders rather than the traditional 22-episode runs typical of a broadcast series.

According to multiple agency sources, Fox has made it clear that while it is still in the business of ordering programs for traditional longer runs, it aims to beef up the number of shorter-run shows going forward. Such series will likely be built around well-known IP, period pieces featuring big historical figures, or genre shows with the potential for major world-building. The network is also willing to try out other formats with the right creative team.

To date, Fox Entertainment has ordered three such shows to run during the summer and winter of 2019: the ’90s revival “BH90210” (six episodes), airing in August; an after-show parody, “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” (nine
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