“The Michael J Fox Show” has been canceled.
“NBC has pulled [Fox]‘s freshman sitcom ‘The Michael J Fox Show’ from its schedule, replacing it with Jane Lynch’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ once the Olympics are over,” sources confirmed to E! News on Feb. 5.
In summer 2013, NBC was so confident that Fox’s show would be a hit that they surpassed the typical series process which first involves a pilot and began airing the show on Thursday nights starting Sept. 26, 2013. On night one, the series captured 7.5 million viewers, but by the fourteenth episode, following a steady ratings drop, it was down to just 1.99 million viewers.
As if the ratings slump weren’t enough to take the shock factor out of this cancellation, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt spoke to press just weeks ago, seeming to hint that the series wouldn’t last.
In a Jan. 14 interview, Greenblatt discussed the series, as well as Sean Hayes’ “Sean Saves The World,” making it seem as though they were on their way out. Although Greenblatt noted that he liked the shows “a lot,” and that “creatively, we think they’re good shows,” he also admitted, “We’re really unhappy we can’t find an audience for them in those time periods. We’re still going to work hard to see what we can do on Thursday nights, but it’s a real uphill battle.”
On Tues., Jan. 28, it was announced that “Sean Saves The World” would not continue its run on NBC.
Regarding “The Michael J Fox Show” specifically, Greenblatt said, “Obviously we’re going to have to see how it plays out the next few months … but it’s certainly not anywhere near where we expect it to be.”
“I’d love to figure out a way to bring it back and we may move it around the schedule a little bit,” Greenblatt continued, at the time. “I don’t know if that’s going to do much because a lot of the things on the schedule are working. We’re looking at all the possibilities and talking about it, but we wish there was a bigger audience to grow.”
In addition to the cancellation, Vulture announced the series would be replaced in the 9 p.m. time slot by “Hollywood Game Night,” which is hosted by Jane Lynch. “Hollywood Game Night” is currently in its second season, which began airing on Monday nights starting on Jan. 20, 2014. The show’s second season premiered to 3.46 million viewers and seems to be heading up.
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