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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  1. Robert says

    PLEASE do NOT cancel “Sons Of Tucson!” Our entire family loves to watch it. It would be better for us if you would change the timeslot to 7, as our youngest family members have a 7:30 bedtime. Our family ranges in ages from 2 to 80 and we all enjoy this show very much! We haven’t missed an episode and it is certainly something that we all enjoy as a bonding activity. If there is no possible way to change the time slot, we can always use the DVR, but from a consumer standpoint, DVR use is easy to fast forward through commercials and wastes the advertising budget for sponsors. Please feel free to contact me via email and I will graciously answer any questions you may have. Thank you kindly in advance!

  2. Ratari says

    The tv promos for this show did not work well for me but once I saw the first episode I was hooked. I hope they give it a chance and order more shows.

  3. Sheila says

    This is an awesome series. I have enjoyed it so much that my family and I have started watching the first season again. I hope that they give this show a chance.

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  5. Chris says

    I don’t understand why good shows like Sons of Tucson get cut. Such great potential and I’m hooked on it. But nooooo, can’t have good shows on tv cuz that would be wrong and so we are stuck with reality tv and crap.

  6. Rhonda says

    My family & myself have watched all 13 episodes on Netflix…WE LOVE IT!!! I hope the rumor of hiatus is true rather than having been cancelled. We would truly enjoy more episodes. I just can’t imagine that the show received “bad ratings”.

  7. Abdullah says

    I think It’s nice and funny, but I think also the writer thought we are stupid, I mean how come nobody asked about the kids while their dad goes to jail.!
    There are a lot of exaggeration :)

  8. Tiffany Land says

    My husband and i both love this show. We first found it on Netflix and we are rooting for next season. I really hope that everyone else will pitch in too and “SAVE Sons Of Tucson!!”

  9. Erick Avila says

    I agree with this guy! FOX has let us all down taking off this show. Let this show come alive!! Or Sons of Tucson find another dealer, let’s say comedy central!

  10. says

    Sons of Tuscon is definitely funny as hell!!
    It has great new jokes, And a very exciting fun rebel story to it. I would never think this show would get canceled. I hate FOX for that, I am not going back to FOX until we get Sons of Tucson back.

  11. Erick Avila says

    Sons of Tucson is a new beginning for comedy family laugh! How can this show be canceled, well alright not canceled but hailed or whatever I did not understand the meaning of it. It has been the funniest show! I would totally do anything for this show to come back. Everybody I told about this show loved it and ask me about season 2. I hope they make season 2 and even MORE!

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