President of entertainment at Showtime David Nevins and Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly arrives at The Alliance For Children's Rights' 21st Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

President of entertainment at Showtime David Nevins and Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly arrives at The Alliance For Children's Rights' 21st Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The most promising internal and external candidates to take over as chairman of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company

Kevin Reilly’s surprising announcement Thursday that he would step down from his role as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company by the end of June leaves the network in a bit of a scramble to name a replacement.

Several internal candidates, like current COO and rising star Joe Earley, have been groomed as possible successors, but outsiders with extensive network leadership experience may be what Fox needs to improve its flat ratings since Reilly took over in 2012.

TheWrap has identified the seven potential candidates to take over programming at Fox, based on tenure, experience — and availability.

 

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