Could BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Be Returning To Television? FOX's CEO Discusses The Possibility
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gary Newman, the Chairman & CEO of FOX Television Group, hinted that Buffy The Vampire Slayer could be returning to television at the INTV conference in Israel on Tuesday. Newman stated that Buffy "is probably our most ripe show for a remake, it's something we talk about frequently."
Newman also stated that the decision is solely up to the series creator Joss Whedon. "Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creatives we've ever worked with," Newman said. "When Josh decides its time, we'll do it, until Josh does, we won't."
When asked about the recent reboot of AMERICAN IDOL Newman shared that it was "a little too soon" to bring back Idol but also stated that ABC "got a pretty good start." Idol was easily the top show Sunday night, averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers over two hours. While low by Idol's standards, the result was impressive given the current state of the U.S. television market. NBC's The Voice, the number one singing competition on air, scored a 2.8 rating, with 12.3 million viewers with its new season premiere.
Newman also addressed the impact of Walt Disney's $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which was announced in December. "Anyone who said they saw this coming is full of it," said Newman, noting that the takeover was negotiated "relatively quickly and stealthily" at the very top of the two companies.
The CEO remains optimistic about the future of the TV giant saying "I think the new FOX has a inter opportunity to create an avenue for THE INDEPENDENTS and the agencies to bring their best players and products to FOX and have an inside track to get on the network."