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‘Method & Red’ Headed for Overhaul

Aug 10, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Sources say the 20th Century Fox Television/Regency Television comedy “Method and Red” is going through a creative overhaul that may result in major changes to the show’s writing staff.

Part of Fox’s 52-week season strategy, “Method & Red” premiered June 16 to OK but not great ratings. The show was pre-empted for the month of August, but has continued shooting.

In July the show got an additional three-episode order from Fox, which a source said disappointed the show’s producers, who were hoping for a full back nine.

“Method & Red” is scheduled to go on production hiatus for three weeks starting next week, and the studios behind the shows were meeting Tuesday to discuss the creative direction of the show and the need for a mid-course correction, according to the source. One of the discussions on the table is the fate of the show’s current writing staff, which could be replaced if the show comes back for more episodes.

For the time being, the network is committed to airing the remaining half-dozen episodes that have not yet aired. “Method & Red” is scheduled to start airing again Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 p.m. with “Bernie Mac” as its lead-in, which is expected to improve the show’s ratings.

If “Method & Red” performs well in September and gets a full-season order, it is likely the show will replace at least some of its writers, according to the source. But what the show might look like then is anyone’s guess. “It’s all very fluid,” the source said.