Fox has canceled three freshman comedies, including the most critically bashed sitcom of the season.
The network confirms that Seth MacFarlane’s Dads is dead. This is actually a bit surprising. The industry tom-toms began to drum in recent weeks that the series starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green was, against the odds, looking very likely for a renewal. Recently, however, the caustic comedy’s fortune suddenly reversed. The axing is win for the critics — Dads only averaged a score of 15 of of 100 on Metacritic.
In addition, Surviving Jack is canceled too — that’s firmly not a surprise. The single-camera sitcom based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls, is a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s featured Christopher Meloni as a dad trying to raise his teenage kids. The show struggled in the ratings on Thursday nights.
Also, cult-fav comedy Enlisted is dead. The Friday night freshman military comedy starring Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell was always a long shot for a renewal, but the feel-good series had plenty of fans and defenders who hoped it would get a second chance.
In the ratings, Dads averaged 4.2 million viewers and a 1.8 rating including DVR playback, Surviving Jack had 5 million and a 1.4 rating and Enlisted had 2.7 million and a 1.0 rating.
Fox is oddly refusing to confirm whether Greg Kinnear’s legal drama series Rake is canceled, but all sources are saying that it’s dead too.
Earlier this year, Fox announced renewals for Tuesday comedies New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project.
Also, for those tracking this stuff, Fox has passed on comedy pilots No Place Like Home, Fatrick and Dead Boss.
This is the first of what’s sure to be many cancellations over the next several days as broadcasters prepare fro their upfront presentation to advertisers. Last week, Fox pulled the plug on drama Almost Human.