FOX is the last of the major networks to announce their 2008 – 2009 schedule. ABC, CBS and CW announced theirs earlier this week while NBC got a jump on everybody by holding their upfronts last month.
The series returning to FOX this fall are ‘Til Death, America’s Most Wanted, American Dad, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Bones, Cops, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Family Guy, House, King of the Hill, Kitchen Nightmares, The Moment of Truth, Prison Break, The Simpsons, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Series returning mid-season are 24, American Idol and Hell’s Kitchen.
Like the other networks, FOX is introducing very few new TV shows for the upcoming season. FOX’s are a Jerry O’Connell sitcom called Do Not Disturb (formerly The Inn); action series Dollhouse from Joss Whedon (Firely); Fringe, a sci-fi series from J.J. Abrams (Lost); and a reality series called Secret Millionaire. Fringe and Disturb debut this fall while Dollhouse and Millionaire won’t be seen until mid-season.
With that out of the way, which FOX shows have been cancelled?
Back to You — Though the Kelsey Grammer – Patricia Heaton sitcom garnered better ratings than ‘Til Death, it was cancelled anyway. All 13 episodes have aired with the last one being shown last night.
Canterbury’s Law — The Julianna Margulies series was exiled to Friday nights after an unsuccessful tryout on Mondays. All six episodes have run with the finale having aired on April 18th.
K-Ville — The network maintained that the series was not cancelled after pulling it in December. Anthony Anderson found work on NBC’s Law & Order awhile back. Of the 11 episodes, one didn’t air and surely won’t.
Nashville — The reality show was dumped back in September. There was some talk of finding another outlet but it didn’t happen. All finished episodes have aired.
New Amsterdam — FOX seemed to have little faith in this series from the start. They cut the episode order to eight and the last one aired on April 14th.
The Next Great American Band — This one never caught on and limped to the series finale which aired on December 21, 2007. All 10 episodes have been shown.
The Return of Jezebel James — This was pulled from the schedule some time ago. Only three of the seven episodes have aired. Don’t expect to see the rest on FOX but they are available on iTunes.