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Fox started handing out cancelations on Thursday morning, with bad news for three freshmen series — Making History, Son of Zorn and APB.
That’s down two comedies and a drama for Fox, which has been slowly handing out renewals and new orders over the last few weeks. None of the ends come as much of a surprise, though it is a blow to Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s TV business. The producers, currently making Disney’s Han Solo movie, lost the two comedies in the latest batch.
Pushed to midseason and never fully promoted, Making History landed with a thud on Sunday nights. And those low linear ratings barely improved with time-shifting. As it stands, it’s the lowest-performing scripted series on Fox with just a 0.9 rating in the key demo and only 2.1 million viewers. A case could have been made for the project from prolific Lord and Miller had it been a hit with critics, but Making History’s reception was decidedly mixed.
Zorn was certainly a swing for Fox. Half animation and half live-action, it started well enough with an early season NFL launch but quickly shed viewers. It only pulled an average of 3 million viewers each week, and it had been searching for a new showrunner as well. Co-creator Eli Jorne exited the 20th Century Fox-produced series a year ago and Sally Bradford McKenna, who stepped up in his absence, is developing another Fox comedy with Fresh Off the Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan.
A procedural with a tech twist, Fox’s futuristic cop drama APB, featuring Justin Kirk, was a non-starter out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox TV-produced drama averaged 5.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 in the demo on Monday nights.
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