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Fox is pulling the plug on dramas Filthy Rich and Next, with both shows set to end after their fall runs.
The two shows were originally set for summer 2020 runs. Fox, however, opted to hold them for fall when it became clear the network’s regular lineup wouldn’t be ready for a traditional launch due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While they’ve fulfilled that function, viewers haven’t followed. Both shows have pulled in modest ratings numbers. That, plus continued uncertainty about production during the coronavirus pandemic, led to the decision to end Filthy Rich and Next after a single season each. (For what it’s worth, Fox has billed Next, starring John Slattery, as a limited series.)
Filthy Rich, created by Tate Taylor, stars Kim Cattrall as the matriarch of a wealthy Southern family who’s shocked to learn her late husband had three children outside their marriage — and are written into his will. The soap has averaged 3.2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 thus far, including a week of delayed viewing.
Next stars Slattery as a Silicon Valley pioneer called into help save the world after an artificial intelligence he created goes rogue. Manny Coto (24) created the show. It’s drawing 2.8 million viewers per episode along with a 0.5 in the 18-49 demo.
The two are the first casualties of the odd start to the 2020-21 season, which as of Friday had seen less a third of the five English-language broadcasters’ “fall” series premiere. Fox held back all of its live-action scripted shows for early 2021, as did The CW, while ABC, CBS and NBC are rolling out their slates through the next several weeks.
Variety first reported the cancellations.
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