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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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{ 188 comments… read them below or add one }

Chelsea April 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This show is fantastic! I could watch any episode over and over and laugh my head off! A lot of the humor is just so unexpected. Watching it just puts me in a good mood! I sincerely hope it will be renewed for a second season! <3 It may not have as many fans as all of the idiotic, dramatic, vampire shows, but please, renew the show for the fans who ARE out there! It's new, it's different, it's got a special something that I can't quite put my finger on….I think you get the point. :)


willow April 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Renew it! I just discovered it after I discovered Reaper on netflix. Some of us are just web oriented. It is hillarious!!


Lisa March 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I absolutely luv sons of Tucson! The whole family can sit down and enjoy the great laughs!!!! :-) his other movie ‘Reaper’ should never of been taken off either!!!!!! These producers need to know a good sit com!! Keep it on:-)))


rissa March 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Thank you netflix, for giving sons of Tucson a second chance, if it weren’t for you, I may have never seen such an awesome show! We are hoping for a second season, and that fox will wise up.


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Heidi March 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

My husband and I love this show! We think it’s great. I really hope they don’t cancel. I agree with the other guy that it wasn’t advertised, we didn’t even know about it until we watched it on Netflix. I really hope they bring it back! It’s a decent show, which is more than you can say about most of the shows that are aired now-a-days! BRING IT BACK FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Renee from Maryland February 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

I just found this series last night on Netflix. I really like it. Fox should try to advertise this show.
I give it 4 1/2 stars. Great for both kids and adults!
A winner!



chris Abbott February 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I liked the show, this happens everytime i like a new show it gets pulled. please bring it back. I would rather see this then half the other shows on the air


Dan Lybbert February 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I loved this show. DO NOT CANCEL!!!! keep it coming. You left us hanging with season one and WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!


perla February 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

omg i bearly saw this show its so awsome i want more seasons plizz ill even recommend dis to all my friends just to get more ratings ,this show is great,da schedule is not dat good but still worth staying up for Q—-Q


Kurt February 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Fox has a hard time keeping alot of shows. A lot of decent shows that get put in the canceled pile just becasue they dont get decent ratings, that would include time slots and a really strict view on what is good ratings. I never heard of the show till netflix. So even advertising for the show was a little dissapointing causing the low ratings also in conjunction to some bad times. Comeon Fox, get your act together. If not some other station should take this show and invest in it because it has the potential to be great just like Malcom in the Middle was.


Hill February 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I think the show is funny. I have 4 boys and we all watched it on Netflix. We were really entertained. I think its a great cast with a funny story line. We would like to see more seasons.


Ponders January 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I hope it does not get canceled we ( my family) laughed our butts off!!!


Travis January 20, 2011 at 1:12 am

I think the show is great, and would love to see a second season. come on fox you can do it you had me since married with childern.


Krys January 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Just finished it on Netflix and we LOVED IT!!!! We are hoping for another season! We live in Tucson so it makes it fun to see actual scenes that are local! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!


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