‘Empire’ airs 100th episode tonight on Fox

1+ What does Fox’s Empire, now in its sixth and final season, have in common with NBC’s Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have hit E.R. and even Showtime’s  Shameless? They are all scripted shows based and filmed in Chicago that have reached the milestone of 100 shows.   The hip-hop drama, once a ratings powerhouse and pop culture … Continue reading “‘Empire’ airs 100th episode tonight on Fox”

Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC

13+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the second largest film studio in the country, with 36 studios and more than 2 million square feet on the west and south sides of Chicago, is pleased to welcome two pilots to its campus this season. NBC has greenlight Ordinary Joe and Fox has given a pilot offer for The Big Leap. … Continue reading “Cinespace Studios welcomes new pilots for Fox and NBC”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

5+ “neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Fox renews ‘Empire,’ Smollett’s return unclear

5+ Cinespace Studios will have a busy season as the Fox series was renewed for Season 6 along with Showtime’s ‘The Chi’ Fox has announced that Empire, which shoots at Cinespace Studios, has been renewed for a sixth season at Fox one week before its Season 5 finale. Jussie Smollett’s, who plays Jamal Lyons, role … Continue reading “Fox renews ‘Empire,’ Smollett’s return unclear”

Interview with ‘The Tale’ writer/director Jennifer Fox

4+ Documentary Filmmaker talks to Reel Chicago before her twice Emmy-nominated film The Tale plays tomorrow at Gene Siskel Film Center This Saturday, acclaimed writer/director Jennifer Fox’s haunting and fascinating 2018 film based on her real-life experiences, The Tale, will play at a P.A.X.A (Parents Against Child Sex Abuse) event at the Gene Siskel Film … Continue reading “Interview with ‘The Tale’ writer/director Jennifer Fox”

¡Filmmakers: Fox wants you to pitch an ‘Alien’ short!

5+ Fox wants a wholly original story with completely new characters (that) draw on all the things that made the original “Alien” so groundbreaking. How many times have you forked over hard cash to see an Alien sequel, hoping and praying that this would be the film to return the 20th Century Fox franchise back … Continue reading “¡Filmmakers: Fox wants you to pitch an ‘Alien’ short!”

Fox picks up legal drama from “Empire” co-creator

1+ Danny Strong is bringing yet another show to the Chicago production community. The co-creator of “Empire” has had his legal drama, “Proven Innocent,” greenlit by Fox for the Fall.   Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, a wrongful conviction firm reopens investigations, putting the team’s own lives … Continue reading “Fox picks up legal drama from “Empire” co-creator”

Fox orders South Side comedy “Rel” starring Lil Rel

2+ The latest new multi-camera addition to Fox’s schedule for next season is “Rel” from 20th Century Fox TV.     Updates continue flowing in before next week’s upfronts. Fox has ordered a new multi-camera comedy called Rel, a Lil Rel Howery vehicle from Jerrod Carmichael and Mike Scully. Inspired by Lil Rel Howery’s (The … Continue reading “Fox orders South Side comedy “Rel” starring Lil Rel”

Jenny Milkowski on her departure from Fox 32

39+ (Editor’s note:) Last Friday, Fox 32 abruptly parted ways with their Emmy award winning traffic reporter, Jenny Milkowski. The #1 digital talent in the Chicago market (via Sharerocket), Milkowski was understandably stunned and saddened by the decision. She issued the following statement to her Chicago followers and fans.       I remember the … Continue reading “Jenny Milkowski on her departure from Fox 32”

Social Media reacts to Jenny “Milk” leaving Fox 32

16+ Fox 32 made a stupid move. Not my words, although I would fall on that side of the fence, but the response of a Jenny Milkowski fan after learning that the Emmy-winning traffic reporter “abruptly” departed the station last Friday. In her own statement, Milkowski, the #1 digital talent in Chicago according to sharerocket, … Continue reading “Social Media reacts to Jenny “Milk” leaving Fox 32”

Meet the producers behind Fox’s “Bite Size Horror”

3+ On Monday, Reel Chicago awarded a special edition “Ad of the Week” to an out-of-state agency for the first time in the colum’s history. We felt the impact that Fox’s in-house digital agency, All City, created for Mars candies redefined branded entertainment by making really good entertainment. Titled, Bite Size Horror, these are a … Continue reading “Meet the producers behind Fox’s “Bite Size Horror””

Fox’s “Bite Size Horror” packs a king-sized punch

6+ I sure do love Halloween. Like, it’s a genuine let’s go on a date and I’ll spend money on you kind of love. Next to Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. Is it even a holiday? If not, it should be, as it is my only chance to dress up as Daredevil. … Continue reading “Fox’s “Bite Size Horror” packs a king-sized punch”

Twisted Media provides FX in Fox’ $200 mm sci fi epic

All the dazzling alien holograms and more than 400 futuristic-looking human and alien computer interfaces, and other high tech device screens in the Earth vs. Alien epic “Independence Day: Resurgence,” were the work of Chicago’s Derek Frederickson and his Twisted Media team.

Frederickson was the playback graphics supervisor: on-set, in charge of all the playback graphics and animation for 20th Century Fox’ $200 million sci-fi disaster film that opens in theatres June 24 in 2D, 3D and IMAX.

New Fox TV series greenlit; Cinespace to add stages

Fox Television announced that two of its four dramatic pilots that filmed in Chicago this winter were greenlit for series production. While not officially stated, there’s strong reason to expect new series will return to Chicago.

“That would be extraordinarily good news,” notes Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal. “This surge of activity points to the quality of our crews, talent and facilities and Chicago’s ability to be a major player in episodic television.”

“Prison Break” reboot a 3rd Fox pilot possibility

“Prison Break,” a hit Fox show that originated in Chicago 2005-2006, is being rebooted, Fox announced at the Television Critics Conference in LA last week, when the network also revealed an “Empire” spinoff and a new series.

Production of the 10-episode series is slated to start after the first of the year for the 2016-17 season.  Hopefully Fox execs will want to again film in Chicago, where “Prison Break” originated in 2005.