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FOX Pulls ‘Til Death, Brothers, and Dollhouse; Are They Cancelled?

Til Death Brothers Dollhouse canceled?To their credit, the FOX network has been having one of their most successful fall seasons in its history. One of the problem spots 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 and Bones 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. Interrupting a regular schedule typically results in fewer people watching when a show returns from a hiatus. In truth though, the shows’ ratings have been killing them long before FOX made this schedule change.

Dollhouse, 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.

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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.

Dollhouse will return in December when the network will run double episodes on December 4th, 11th and 18th. People aren’t paying attention to television as much during the holidays and since Dollhouse’s ratings are already low and heavy on DVR viewing anyway, the network doesn’t have much to lose.

This will leave three original episodes and they’re expected to begin running on January 8th, likely paired with repeats of another hour-long drama. While there are some rumors that FOX may still order a few more episodes of Dollhouse, the show is likely finished. Whedon has said that he plans to give closure by the end of the current run.

The outlook is even worse for Brothers, which stars Michael Strahan, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Carl Weathers, and CCH Pounder. The sitcom has been performing terribly for the network and is unlikely to be seen in 2010.

Brothers has been pulled from Fridays but will continue to run on Sunday nights at 7pm. The network added the Sunday airings earlier this month as a venue to try to pick up more viewers. It hasn’t happened. FOX hasn’t ordered any additional installments and is expected to burn through the present 13 episode order by the end of the year.

‘Til Death, the sitcom that continues to survive in part because of a special syndication deal, stars Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Timm Sharp, and Lindsey Broad. It’s being pulled as well but there’s no plan for it to return, save for a four episode mini-marathon on Christmas night. Some episodes may fill time during the NFL games but they’ll be repeats.

The network reportedly will have 15 original episodes of ‘Til Death left after Christmas night. They’re likely to see the light of day at some point to fill in holes in the schedule. Since the network typically gets much better ratings from repeats of its dramas, ‘Til Death is hardly high on the priority list.

What do you think? Are Dollhouse and Brothers finished? Is ‘Til Death better or worse than Brothers?

 

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan March 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Come on Fox bring back ” Til Death ” It Was a great show.

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Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I really enjoyed dollhouse! It was a great show, and Like Shelby, I also watched many episodes on Hulu. I was really disappointed that it ended so abruptly. The show had so much potential and many great twists!

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michael January 1, 2011 at 2:26 am

I LOVE DOLLHOUSE I GIVE IT OUT OF 5 STARS 10 IT IS THAT GOOD.

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Adam January 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Dollhouse got way too weird, brothers always sucked, and till death got bad after that took out the young couple, witch was half the premise of the show. RIP arrested development.

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Lois January 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Husband and I love Til Death keep it on.

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Shield December 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Finally!!! I knew Brothers would eventually get canceled and hoped for sooner than later.

Dollhouse is okay, Til Death was great when it was based on the old married couple vs the newly weds.

I still can’t understand why The Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled!?

Happy New Year!

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Adam Decker December 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I don’t know what happened to Til Death. The show left midseason last season and was probably thought to be cancelled by most people. When it returned, it was missing 3 of its 5 cast members with absolutely no explaimation to it which probably caused it to sink so low. That, and being on a death slot. I’m sure Brad Garrett will get a new sitcom sometime.

Brothers was a decent show. People were told it wouldn’t be that good, so they probably didn’t even give it a chance. It was okay, and wasn’t afraid to be serious sometimes which is what a lot of sitcoms need. FOX probably doesn’t want any sitcom anymore unless it is animated.

Dollhouse is freaking awesome! They can’t get rid of that! Why does FOX get rid of all the good shows, (cough, Firefly, cough, Drive, cough) and keep all the bad shows for so long? I’m actually considering not watching FOX anymore. There’s nothing for me to watch on Fridays now and I’m really disapointed. And, by the way, why would you air episodes of Til Death on Christmas day when nobody will be watching? I didn’t even know about that! I’m sure that Dollhouse will become a cult classic, yet another by Joss Whedon to fit the bill. They could do a movie afterwards. I wonder if they had to redo the second season when given the info that they were being cancelled. And, Whedon? Don’t go to FOX with your ideas again. Go to Sci-fi channel or the CW or basically anything but FOX since they didn’t have much faith in your show to begin with.

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Shelby November 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

Dollhouse is not getting the chance it deserves! Like so many other viewers have stated, Friday night is not the right slot for this show. If there’s anyone else out there like me, they watch almost all their favorite tv shows on websites like Hulu. Some of us prefer to catch our shows with less commercials & the option to watch multiple episodes at once. Back to my first point, Dollhouse has so many avenues it go down with it’s ingenious plot lines & it will be a sad day when Joss has to pack up too early yet again ( i.e. Firefly). Please move Dollhouse to a 7pm slot Monday through Thursday, or at least pair it with some other dramas. Then see how the ratings go… SO MANY OF US LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

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Dennis November 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

Till death is funny Brad garret is a riot he makes it work
what is wrong with the show is the story .You can make it funnier and pull
it out of the crapper by concentrating on events surounding brad garrets
character he is the biggest reason a lot of people watched everybody loves
raymond. and if anyone can save this show he can.

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