As expected, Almost Family won’t be returning for a second season. The low-rated FOX TV show has been cancelled after one season of 13 episodes.
The Almost Family TV show stars Brittany Snow, Tim Hutton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment, Mo McRae, Mustafa Elzein, and Victoria Cartagena. Based on the Australian drama series Sisters, this show explores what it means to be a family and the potential emotional complications that new generations of In vitro fertilization (IVF) children can face. In the series, Julia Bechley (Snow) is an adult only child who has her world turned upside down. She learns that her father, Doctor Leon Benchley (Hutton), a pioneer in fertility, secretly used his own sperm to father over a hundred children. While still reeling from this revelation, Julia discovers that she has two new half-sisters — her former best friend, Edie Palmer (Echikunwoke), and ex-Olympic athlete Roxy Doyle (Osment). As the three daughters begin to reconcile their new reality, Julia starts life without having her dad by her side, Edie comes to grips with her sexuality, and Roxy faces adulthood out of the spotlight. The trio attempt to bond as unconventional sisters while dealing with new siblings as part of a rapidly expanding and very untraditional extended family.
The first season of Almost Family averaged a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.53 million viewers. Airing on Wednesday nights, the series had a slow start in the ratings and the numbers got a lot worse as the weeks progressed. It’s FOX’s lowest-rated scripted series of the season.
A cancellation seemed certain when FOX pulled Almost Family from the schedule with just two installments remaining in the season. The network aired them on a Saturday night, more than a month later.
The cancellation comes as Hutton and a friend have been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in 1983.
What do you think? Did you enjoy the Almost Family TV show? Would you have watched a second season on FOX?