Without invoking the “C-word” — canceled — Fox appears to have determined the fate of its low-rated freshman drama "The Mob Doctor," writes Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
One big question lingering over the fall season was why the network hadn’t canceled the show, Carter writes: "The answer had proved elusive all autumn, unless it had to do with the network not having anything else to insert into what has become a forbidding time period, Mondays at 9 p.m.”
But at last Fox appears "to be fitting a pair of cement shoes" for the show, with the announcement that when the final finished episode airs Jan. 7, it won’t roll out any additional episodes, the story says.
"Still, that was not quite an official rub out; Fox executives would not use the word cancel. So, conceivably, ‘The Mob Doctor’ could be renewed for next season," Carter adds. "It should be noted, however, that this happens to shows with puny ratings about as often as cement shoes prove to be flotation devices."