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Sons of Tucson: FOX TV Show Not Cancelled, But…

Sons of TucsonLast week, FOX made the decision to pull their new Sunday night sitcom, Sons of Tucson, after just four airings. Several sites have reported that the show has been cancelled but in truth, it’s on hiatus.

Sons of Tucson follows a sporting goods store clerk (Tyler Labine) who lives in his car. He’s hired by three boys (Benjamin Stockham, Frank Dolce, and Matthew Levy) to play their father for a school meeting after their real dad goes to jail for banking fraud. In case of future emergencies, he moves into their tool shed. The series also features Sarayu Rao, Edwin Habacon, and Natalie Martinez.

When it debuted last month, the ratings for Sons of Tucson weren’t good and pretty much got worse every week. That’s not a surprise to those behind the show since they believe it was airing in the wrong timeslot.

A spokesman for the show said, “FOX bought Sons of Tucson in the hope of resurrecting the genre for the network and hoped to eventually build out a live action comedy block night. They looked to Justin Berfield and the [Malcolm in the Middle] creative team to do just this.”

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“They bought the show to put on at 8:30pm and despite initial audience testing results reporting against it, the network top brass decided to put Sons of Tucson on much later at 9:30pm, which draws a much different, less family audience. How does a family show do during a non-family hour? Well… not good.”

With such disappointing ratings, it’s no surprise that the network has pulled it from the schedule. Labine has signed on to another sitcom for CBS but Sons of Tucson is in first position. If FOX decides to renew it, he’ll be obligated to return to Tucson.

The series is scheduled to return on June 6th at 7:30pm. Unfortunately, that’s not a great timeslot either but it’s at least a little more appropriate for the show. If the series is to be renewed, it has an uphill battle — especially since most outlets are reporting that it’s already been cancelled and it won’t return from hiatus until after FOX has already announced its 2010-11 schedule.

Berfield isn’t ready to give up the series and insists that the series just needs time to grow and even offered to donate half his producer fee to charity if the show is renewed for season two.

Though the show hasn’t been officially cancelled, it looks like Sons of Tucson is going to need some serious charity (and ratings) to get renewed.

What do you think? Do you think the show has a realistic chance at being renewed for season two?


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{ 186 comments… read them below or add one }

Damon Miller September 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

Love this show bring it back!!!


Heather July 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Just watched this on Netflix what a bumber it’s cancled. We loved it


Melissa April 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

yes please dont cancel this show it has really good potential and i cant wait to see more to find out what happens. Please make a season 2!!


Anonymous December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Yes it was awesome. Bring it back dumbass


jodie August 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

how do you even know the ratings most people are busy now a days and record shows not doesnt mean we are not watching…. bring it back


jodie August 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

cancel really love this show. people need shows like this we hardly watch tv anymore im tired of reality tv cant believe alcatraz got canceled too. finaly two new great shows and back to none again


Jyreka July 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

No… Leave it right where it is. There’s a reason why no one watched it. People, like myself, have only heard of it through the butts of more POPULAR shows jokes.


Mandy June 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

My family loves the show! we discovered it on Netflix. My husband is a writer actor producer and cannot believe the show Was canx it is soooo well written acted and produced! Bring it back!


Shamari April 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Bring it back !!!!


Angela April 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Nooo why do you guys always cancel the good shows? You need to give things a chance!!!


charlie luckey March 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

Seriously who’s running these tv stations? That was an awesome show! I didn’t even get a chance to hear about it till I saw it on netflix. You have to give a show at least 2 seasons before you pull it….its basic marketing. If you need help not making the station suck I will be more than happy to help !


Jamie March 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Please being this show back it’s so funny!! My whole family watches it! Please please please!!!!


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Debra Sample February 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Sons of tucson is worth putting back on Fox.


Frank Rizzo February 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

FOX, bring this show back please!!! I love it!!! Justin is doing an excellent job!


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