Fox Programming Boss Admits He Passed On ‘Homeland’

'It Felt Like A Cable Show,' Kevin Reilly Says

Kevin Reilly
Ah, what could have been!

Kevin Reilly — the head of programming for Fox — admits he let one of TV’s most buzzed about shows slip right through his hands.

“I was given the script of HOMELAND by Howard [Gordon] because of our relationship with 24,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.  “I read it and thought it was really good, but it felt like a cable show. I still wrestle with it. It would not be our highest-rated show, but I really wish I had it.”

It’s certainly not the first time a big network has passed on a show then regretted it.  In fact, before Reilly arrived at Fox, the network opted not to buy Simon Cowell‘s fledgling variety show AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.

As it turned out, Reilly was head of NBC at the time and snatched the show up for the Peacock.


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