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Fox Boss Says Handful of Glee Actors Back For 'Limited' Runs, Touts 'Feisty' Britney on X Factor

Fox president Kevin Reilly is giving Glee‘s upcoming mini-reboot a big thumbs up, while also managing expectations about how involved some of the core castmembers will be moving forward.

“I’ve read first three scripts and I’m very happy with how seamless [the transition] is,” Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, adding that the show will split its focus between McKinley and NYADA, where Rachel is enrolled as a freshman. “There’s going to be thematic linkages between the two [worlds].”

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Although it’s been widely reported that all major Glee stars will be back for Season 4, Reilly acknowledged that several actors will only be around part time. “We have a core [group consisting] of some of the returning characters and some of the new ones that we’ll be servicing every week, and then limited deals with some of the other actors, who will be joining here and there through the season,” he said. “I think it will make for a fun surprise [when they turn up].”

Other highlights from Fox’s exec session at press tour…

* X Factor fans should expect a “tough” Britney Spears when the pop star debuts this fall as a judge. “I think [viewers] are going to be surprised just how feisty she is,” he predicted. “She’s tough. She knows what she’s doing… And I think we’ve got a real spitfire with [fellow judge] Demi [Lovato], who literally Day 1 took on Simon [Cowell].”

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* Reilly hopes Fox’s renewal of Fringe for a fifth and final season earned the network “a little cred” with genre fans burned by the premature cancellations of Firefly, Wonderfalls, Human Target, etc.