US television network Fox has announced a major change in its system for developing new shows by ditching its pilot season.
Pilot season has been a standard practice amongst major US TV networks for decades, and Fox's move could signal a domino effect across the industry.
Virtually every major US TV show that's shown in Ireland debuts during the American networks' pilot seasons. But competition is fierce and the failure rate high.
Fox's entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly announced the news during yesterday’s (January 13) executive session at the US Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.
"We are going to be bypassing pilot season,” he explained, adding that Fox considered the pilot system as "highly inefficient"
"The broadcast development system was built in a different era and is highly inefficient. It is nothing short of a miracle talent can still produce anything of quality in that environment."
Reilly added that developing and producing series throughout the year will be "more talent-friendly" and will give Fox "more maneuverability and more scheduling and marketing flexibility".
The executive cited examples of shows that Fox already has in the works, including limited series 24: Live Another Day and Broadchurch remake Gracepoint.