11:01am PT by Michael O'Connell
Fox Buries Remaining 'Mob Doctor' Order, Gives 'Touch' a 2-Hour Premiere
After this coming Monday (Dec. 3), Fox is shuffling the remaining four episodes of The Mob Doctor's season one order. The struggling freshman will conclude its run rather quickly, over the nights of Saturday, Dec. 29, Monday, Dec. 31, Saturday, Jan. 5 and Monday, Jan. 7.
The dates accommodate the previously announced American Country Awards on Monday, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17 holiday programming -- as well as a block of Raising Hope encores on Christmas Eve.
Fox's announcement coincides with a decision to move up the season two premiere of Touch to Friday, Feb. 8. Airing one week after originally scheduled, a two-hour opener will kick off the next run of the Kiefer Sutherland drama. This marks the third date change for Touch.
As for The Mob Doctor, the move doesn't come as much of a surprise, since the show has been languishing in the ratings. Premiering Sept. 18 to an unfortunate 1.5 rating with adults 18-49, it at one point dropped to a 0.9 rating in the key demo -- though, as of late, it has picked up, pulling a 1.2 as recently as Monday.
Co-created by Josh Berman and Rob Wright, The Mob Doctor is based on Ron Felber's book Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor. It stars Jordana Spiro as the titular conflicted doctor, paying off her brother's debt to the mafia with medical favors.
Berman's other series, Drop Dead Diva, has yet to be renewed by Lifetime for a fifth season.