Fox just said goodbye to both of its freshman comedy series Thursday (May 12).
The network canceled Rob Lowes’ The Grinder and John Stamos’ Grandfathered. The animated series Bordertown was also axed.
Despite the amount of glowing reviews for both show, the news doesn’t come to a shock considering both series wrapped up their first seasons Tuesday, May 10, with low viewership. The comedies were pair together as a back-to-back night of new sitcoms along side network veterians Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, however still didn’t deliver as promising as those two ongoing series. Bordertown aired Sunday nights as part of Fox’s animation block.
Grandfathered, stars Stamos as a longtime bachelor who tried to figure out his purpose in life after finding out he is not only a father but also a grandfather. The show that also features Josh Peck and Paget Brewsterk, drew in 4 million viewers an episode and an averaged a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.
The Grinder stars Lowe as a TV actor who leaves show biz and tries to become a real lawyer like his attorney brother, Fred Savage. This legal/family comedy had it even tougher pulling in 3.3 million viewers per episode and only a 1.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. Even though reviews for The Grinder were very positive with many critics loving the chemistry between Lowe and Savage, the show had the lowest-rated scripted series among the four.
Lowe addressed the sad news about The Grinder in a series of tweets on Thursday afternoon (May 12), stating, “#TheGrinder was not renewed by @FOXTV It was unapologetically original, smart, funny and had a murderâ€™s row of talent. #GrinderRests.â€
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016
Bordertown, brought to you by Family Guys executive producers Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann, was centered around two families living in a desert town in the Southwest on the Mexico border. The animated series eatured the vocal talents of Hank Azaria, Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander, Missi Pyle, Jacqueline PiÃ±ol, Efren Ramirez and Carlos Alazraqui.
Fox as already ordered new comedies for the 2016-17 season such as the time-traveling Making History, the live/action animation Son of Zorn and The Mick. Dramas include APB and Pitch with movie adaptations of Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist.