October 26, 2009
The FOX network has been having one of their most successful fall seasons in its history. The problem spot on their current schedule is Friday nights, which offers sitcoms Brothers
and 'Til Death
and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse
Not surprisingly, the programmers have decided to pull the low-rated series from the schedule for November sweeps. They're being replaced by repeats of House
which, sad to say, will no doubt perform much better.
While one of the pulled series isn't really leaving and the other is already slated to return in December, this certainly doesn't help their chances for the future. In truth though, the shows' ratings have been killing them long before FOX made this schedule change.
, which stars Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, and Olivia Williams, is the most high-profile among the three. Though the show's ratings didn't really justify it, FOX renewed the series for a second season last spring. The network seems to want to stay in business with Whedon and is doing what they can, within reason, to keep him happy.
Based on the ratings, Dollhouse
would have been dumped long ago if it was most any other series. Thankfully for the fans, FOX has committed to airing all of its episodes. That doesn't mean however that they'll be ordering any more or renewing it for a third season.
May 21, 2009
FOX announced its new schedule for the 2009 - 2010 season earlier this week and, other than the renewal of Dollhouse
, there weren't many surprises.
Shows that will be back next season include 24, American Dad, American Idol, America's Most Wanted, Bones, Cops, Dollhouse, Family Guy, Fringe, Glee, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance,
and 'Til Death
So You Think You Can Dance
is also airing over the Summer. It'll be joined by Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Don't Forget The Lyrics!, Hell's Kitchen,
and The Moment of Truth
. Joining them will be Mental
and More to Love
Shows not returning next season include Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Do Not Disturb, Don't Forget The Lyrics!, Hole In The Wall, MADtv, Osbournes: Reloaded, Prison Break, Secret Millionaire, Sit Down Shut Up, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
King Of The Hill
has been cancelled but, because FOX still has some leftover episodes, the network has indicated there are plans to air a few next season.