Not to be outdone by Jimmy Kimmel’s unexpected appearance during ABC’s executive session, Fox opened Charlie Collier’s first press conference at a Television Critics Association tour since he became CEO of Fox Entertainment with two surprises. In a nod to what is currently the most talked about new series of the year, after an announcer introduced Collier, out to the podium strolled a man wearing a hippo mask, flanked (as the performers on the show often are) by two men in black suits and sunglasses.
When people reflect on their careers, conversations tend toward the serious. Even those who love their work can sound coldly detached. However, when Izzie Pick Ibarra (pictured above), executive producer and showrunner of Fox’s The Masked Singer – the first new hit television series of 2019 -- reflects on work she frequently breaks into laughter, even when talking about difficult times. Pick Ibarra is, as she puts it, “in a very happy place because I just did a show that I was allowed to let loose on. I had great support from Fox. I feel really creatively fulfilled.”
When flesh-eating, blood-guzzling zombies lurk, it takes a special kind of writer to make you focus on a single relationship amid the chaos of it all. Liz Heldens, showrunner for Fox’s new hit thriller The Passage, crafted the series so the infected former humans remain terrifying but not as compelling as the plight of a girl and her unlikely savior.