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Surviving Jack: FOX Sitcom Episodes Cut But…

surviving jack tv showFOX is cutting the episode order for their new sitcom Surviving Jack, from 13 to eight episodes. The reduced order is supposedly due to scheduling needs rather than a lack of faith in the series.

The network has decided to cut the American Idol results down to just a 30 minutes and will fill that leftover half hour with Surviving Jack. As a result, they’ll just need eight weeks of episodes. The network hasn’t announced a specific premiere date yet.

FOX has tried this strategy in the past with shows like Breaking In and The Loop. The sitcoms typically have performed well — until they no longer have Idol for a lead-in. Maybe this time will be different.

Surviving Jack is a coming of age comedy that’s executive produced by Bill Lawrence and based on Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls.

Christopher Meloni plays Jack, a no-nonsense ex-military father and oncologist. He hasn’t had to parent very much but that changes when his wife starts attending law school. As Jack learns to be a father, his teenage son (Connor Buckley) and daughter (Claudia Lee) are learning to become adults.

What do you think? Do you think Surviving Jack will work? Will you check it out?

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Jennifer October 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

I agree, Linda. I’ll give the show a watch because I’m a big Christopher Meloni fan. He seems to have a pretty good sense of humor so I’m hoping that a comedy role will suit him just fine and it will end up being a show that I (and Fox!) will want to stick with for the long haul!


Linda V October 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Yes, I will watch it mainly for Christopher Meloni’s acting. It will be interesting to see him star in a sitcom.


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