The recent force majeure development deal cuts are rolling downhill: Fox and the CW have lock-stepped with CBS on dropping script development slates (CBS cut nearly 20 last week). Fox has cut some 24 scripts (no pun intended) and the CW dropped about half that. Most of Fox’s cuts are from 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. TV.
"In the current environment, we’ve been forced to take a hard look at our needs for the upcoming season, and as a result we’re going to target a more focused range of projects," Fox said in a statement.
Said the CW: "Due to the ongoing work stoppage, the CW will be taking a more targeted approach to what is certain to be a truncated pilot season. As a result, we are releasing some scripts that had been in development in order to dedicate our creative energy and resources to those projects we choose to pursue."