Fox Pulls Plug on Upcoming Series Deadline
Fox has made the decision not to go forward with a series. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the network pulled the plug on the midseason animated comedy series "Murder Police."
"I hear the decision was made by Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly after reading scripts and watching footage of upcoming episodes," Andreeva writes. "Because of the nature of animation production, there is work done on various episodes at the same time though I hear there is no completed episode yet."
Despite Fox's decision, producer 20th Century Fox TV will continue with the 13-episode order and seek to sell the series to another network, the piece notes.
Only one show, "Bob's Burgers," has joined Fox's "Animation Domination" Sunday programming block since Reilly joined in 2007, Andreeva points out. "Murder Police" tracks an inept detective and his less-than-stellar co-workers.
Andreeva adds: "With the stealth cancellation of 'The Cleveland Show,' upcoming move of 'American Dad!" to TBS and demise of 'Murder Police,' there will be only three returning shows next season in Fox’s Sunday animated block that runs for as many as three hours when there is no football."
She continues: "Because of the long production cycle on an animated series, it is almost impossible to have a new animated comedy series ready for next fall unless the network transplants one of the projects from its ADHD Saturday late-night block."