Justice: FOX Throws Out Court Drama

cast of Justice on FoxFollowing on the heels of last week’s cancellations of the Happy Hour sitcom and The Rich List game show, FOX has announced that another of its new shows is leaving the air.

Justice debuted on Wednesday, August 30th to high expectations. The network had been showing fast-paced promos of the Victor Garber series all summer long but it still failed to attract big numbers. The highly anticipated premiere was watched by only 8.6 million viewers.

Justice followed a diverse group of lawyers as they worked at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Each episode started at the beginning of a trial and followed it through until the verdict. Then viewers were shown, via flashbacks, what actually happened at the time of the crime.

Like many FOX series, Justice took a break during the World Series (after five episodes). When it returned, FOX began airing it on Monday nights, opposite NBC’s popular Heroes and replacing Vanished (which was moved to Friday nights). Three episodes have aired on Monday nights. The most recent episode drew only 4.2 million households, about half of lead-in Prison Break’s audience.

With that in mind, its no surprise that FOX has announced that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced courtroom drama has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. The network isn’t calling it a cancellation right now. The FOX website lists that the show will return on December 11th, but the word is that it will not return for very long or at all.

Eight episodes of Justice have aired thus far and production is expected continue on the rest of the 13 episodes of FOX’s order. There is no word as yet if the series or any individual episodes will be released on DVD or online via FOX’s website.

11/17/06 UPDATE: FOX has officially cancelled Vanished and Justice will instead return on Friday, December 1st. No new word on how long it will continue to air. TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Jess says

    This really sucks. Me and my dad use to watch almost every episode together. I want to be a defense attorney when I get older and this is like the only show that shows the cases from a defense perspective. It was also a really good show because it kept you on the edge of your seats to find out what really happened.

  2. JS says

    If enough of us whine about it, will FOX bring Justice back?!?! I can’t believe they cancelled this show. I loved it and it kept me glued to the set to see what really happened. I thought it was an original idea (as much as a show can be these days) and right up there with C.S.I. (one of my favs) – BRING IT BACK!!!

  3. Jay says

    I loved Justice. It was one of my favorite shows along with 24 and House. 24’s starting to get old though so please BRING BACK JUSTICE!! I liked how they showed what really happened at the end of the show and I bet if they show a whole season of it the show will kick off and people will watch it after people start talking about it. BRING IT BACK!

  4. De Jong says

    I watch this show in the Netherlands and i love it. I download the episodes but Im really sad to hear that it has been cancelled. Why cant they cancel other crap fox shows.

  5. annalisa says

    Me and my family loved this show. WHY was it cancelled????
    this was probably one of the best courtroom, crime drama show that i ever saw. i would actually look forward to this show every week! this show was surely one of a kind. and whats even more disappointing is i cant even get any of the episodes on DVD!

  6. Trey says

    Look, I can’t believe Fox is getting rid of this show. If anyone from Fox reads this please listen closley. If its ratings, move it to a time slot where the ratings dont have to be so high, like for instance late nights or early mornings. With where technology is now days, those viewers who enjoy this show will tivo it and come back to watch it at a time that is convienent for them. Tivo gives ratings and think about it, if you put it on late night or early mornings the ratings will be through the roof as compared to other shows at that time or your own shows at that time for that matter. 8.6 million tuned in to watch the season premier and probably more was watching by the time yall decided to pull the plug on it. However the fact of the matter is 8.6 million viewers for a 1hr time slot at say 2am is a lot more in return than the chump change you get from those infomercial guys that nobody watches, now am I right or am I right? Do the right thing for the viewers who enjoy this program as well as for youself. You stand to make more ratings than any other channel out there in this time slot and ratings mean money. Money means your happy and Justice means the viewers are happy. Now, how hard was that? Maybe I should change my career to TSG ( time slot guy) lol. Another piece of advice, if you infact do this or bring the show back at all, reach out to us viewers and let us know that it is coming on by whatever means neccesary. If people are like me, I generally don’t watch much tv, maybe 5 hrs a week. Post billboards or get commercial slots on other stations, lol cause again I do not watch much tv and when I do its normally not Fox, nothing personall i’m just not big into adult cartoons. Oh and don’t compete with Monday night football, you and I both know that you can’t win. Like someont said in another coment, Sienfield started slow but with faith in the show and a little bit of time, look what happend. If you have any available positions as TSG give me a shout, I would be more than happy to kick them stupid cartoons right off the air, thats the problem with people today, they are lazy and simple minded, eating a greasy bucket of chicken and watching King of the Hill, give me a break, go to the gym if you have that much time on your hands.

  7. K says

    Well, I finally looked online to see what happened to ‘Justice’. It makes sense now why I haven’t seen it for several months .. what a huge disappointment!!
    I am looking forward to it returning this December, I sure hope it’ll last longer than it’s inital airing. It’s a show that myself & many others always watched, regardless of the day it aired. I thought it was (and still is) a great show! There isn’t much I watch anymore, but it’s one of my favourites along with ‘House’, ‘Bones’ & ‘Standoff’. If it ever made it to DVD, I’d buy it! Plus, it’s hands down better than any of the reality crap that has flooded the air waves…

  8. suzette says

    Is Justice at least going to be available on DVD? I remember when they first canceled Family Guy, but brought it back cuz they realized the DVD sales were excellent.

  9. bill says

    I do like other shows on fox…however this was one that both my wife and I enjoyed together. Bring it back

  10. windsor says

    Well, as a Chinese audience, I have to say Justice is an amazing show. All my friends just wondered why such a good show should be cancelled. So we thought maybe we don’t have the same taste with you foreigners. However, here, I think it was a popular show even for you. It is hard to say goodbye to Justice. I hate to do the things I have to do.

  11. Cathy says

    This was one of the best shows that I have ever seen. Put it on Friday against the spouse swapping BS or whatever. Bring it back, at least for a summer fill-in, we have to have something to watch.

  12. Mike says

    Wow… This show got cancelled? I just googled it to see what happened to it. This show was awesome. I always DVR’d it and loved it.

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