News Briefs: Fox Is Canceling Its Saturday-night ADHD Programming Block

By Kaitlin Thomas

Apr 18, 2014


HAPPY ALMOST 4/20, GET OUTTA HERE!

... Aww bro totally harsh bummer buzzkill, man. Fox is canceling its ADHD (Animation Domination High Definition) Saturday-night animation block due to low ratings. The Adult Swim-esque, stoner-friendly lineup featured several different 15-minute animated series, including Axe Cop and High School USA, that totally blew people's minds. Its last night on Fox will be June 28, but the ADHD "brand" will continue to live on online. [Broadcasting & Cable]



AW JEEZ, WHAT'S THAT RATIN' MEAN?

... The numbers are in for Tuesday's series premiere of Fargo, and depending on which news outlet interpreted FX's press release, the show either did really well, kind of well, or not so well. Here at the ever-prestigious TV.com, we're going to say it depends on how you look at it! The premiere's first airing drew a total of 2.65 million viewers, which is lower than what the premieres of both The Bridge (3 million viewers in July 2013) and The Americans (3.2 million viewers in January 2013) brought in. But when you add in Fargo's two repeat airings from Tuesday night, the total viewership for the first episode jumps from 2.65 million to 4.1 million, which is pretty damn great. No matter how you look at it, the show is excellent and you should read Tim's review! [FX via press release]


THIS IS GROSS BUT YOU SHOULD WATCH IT ANYWAY

... The Strain won't premiere until this summer on FX, but you can watch the super disgusting and weird pupil-related teaser for the new vampire drama from Guillermo Del Toro right now!



BUSINESS TIME

... Just like Highlander, there can be only one variety sketch show on NBC in addition to Saturday Night Live! The network has passed on a sketch-y project from David Koechner (AnchormanThe Office), now that it's opted to take Maya Rudolph's The Maya Rudolph Show for a test drive on May 19. It's cool, Koechner, maybe you can parlay that awesome guest-starring role on Justified into something else of equal or greater value. [THR]

... A&E has given the greenlight to D.O.A., a reality show from Dick Wolf. The detective-y docudrama will feature real dicks reexamining controversial murder cases to determine whether the verdict was the right call... and of course to entertain you. The network has ordered eight hour-long episodes. [A&E via press release]

... TLC has ordered a show called OMG EMT! and OMG it is so TLC. The reality series will "feature some of the most unusual and memorable emergency calls." It will launch as a four-episode trial on May 3, so start thinking up some good 911 calls now. What's next, The Most Outrageous Cries For Help? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Let's all congratulate Kobe Bryant, because the NBA star has apparently found his muse, and it will be featured in a brand-new Showtime documentary! The film—which is called Kobe Bryant's Muse because every creative employee at the network must've called in sick the day they had to finalize the title—will provide an in-depth look at Kobe's life, his inspirations, and the challenges he faces because he's just so damn successful. (I hope they focus on that last part a lot.) Keep an eye out for it this fall. [Showtime via press release]


CASTING NEWS


... Banshee has upped Geno Segers and Afton Williamson, who play gang leader Chayton Littlestone and ADA Alison Medding, respectively, to series regular status for Season 3, which is currently in production and set to premiere in early 2015. [TV Line]

... Terra Nova's Stephen Lang and his ripped bod are joining WGN America's about-to-premiere witch drama Salem. The actor will play a powerful Puritan in the supernatural period piece about the infamous witch trials held in Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century. [Deadline

... Breaking In and Reaper's Bret Harrison is returning to television! But it will be on ABC's Astronaut Wives Club, which I just can't take seriously because of its name. I mean, if you want to join the club, you have to marry an astronaut. That doesn't seem fair to anyone. The show is based on the book by Lily Koppel and follows the (you guessed it) the spouses of the superstar astronauts of the 1960s. Harrison will play one of the astronauts, a space jockey who is married to Odette Annable's character. That's a Breaking In reunion, people! Astronaut Wives Club was initially ordered straight to series so that it could premiere this fall, but the show is now scheduled for midseason 2015. [THR]

... B.D. Wong is returning to Law & Order: SVU after leaving the show in Season 12. He will reprise his role as Dr. George Huang in the season's penultimate episode, which is set to air May 14. [TV Guide]

... Coby Ryan McLaughlin (The Secret Life of the American TeenagerThe Glades) will recur on the second season of USA's Graceland. He'll play Archie, a loyal member of the LAPD's Gang Task Force who the Graceland tenants hope will be an ally in their mission to take down the cartel. [USA Network via press release]

... Kunal Nayyar, Ken Jeong, and Billy Gardell have all been blackmailed into returning to Sullivan & Son as guest stars. Nayyar will repeat as Neal, a big ladies' man who's a far cry from Nayyar's character on The Big Bang TheoryJeong will be back as Jason, Steve's workaholic brother-in-law who's a far cry from Jeong's character on Community. And Gardell will reprise his role of comic-cook collector Lyle Winkler, who's at least a moderate cry from Gardell's character on Mike & Molly. [TBS via press release]


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  • ultimameteora May 29, 2014

    Yay, Banshee season 3!

  • numberonecubsfa Apr 21, 2014

    I hope Axe Cop isn't cancelled. ADHD's lineup hasn't been great, but that one is a stand out of weird and awesome and should stick around in some form.

  • TrevPlatt Apr 19, 2014

    What the hell has Bret Harrison done to deserve to be paired with Odette Annable again? Seriously, has he sold his soul or something? It's like he's won the TV Wife Lottery, lucky b*stard!

  • firedrakes Apr 18, 2014

    yeah adhd had some odd but intersting stuff but no ads for it and it was on awful day

  • JT_Kirk Apr 18, 2014

    What was the point of ADHD then? What a waste of time and effort, and it's not like it's going to be replaced with anything good, it's Fox.

    David Koechner is polarizing - he can be very talented, but he can also be very grating, I wouldn't want to watch him helm a variety show.

    Yay BD Wong returning to SVU! He was something unique about the series, his absence has been felt.

  • WavSlave Apr 18, 2014

    The ADHD cancellation notice isn't really a surprise. The only surprise to me is that it lasted as long as it did. When you run decidedly middling fare and give it virtually no promotion at all, what do you expect ratings-wise?

    I watch a number of shows on Fox and don't remember *any* mention of ADHD for at least six months, not even during the Sunday night AD block where it would have made a lot of sense to push ADHD.

    The idea wasn't bad -- [as] has nothing but anime on Saturday nights -- but the execution was poor across the board.

  • maritimer00 Apr 18, 2014

    OMG EMT! sounds like a ripoff of Shatner's old 80's series...

  • Svanehjerte Apr 18, 2014

    Aww, the mention of Terra Nova... I miss it, RIP. :(

    Fargo was pretty good, but weird.

    I am very tired of vampires, but The Strain looks promising + pretty much anything Guillermo Del Toro does is good. :)

  • dodge_hickey Apr 18, 2014

    Quiet enjoyed the pilot to Fargo, I wasn't blown away though. It's a shame it didn't hit 3 million...

  • Kevers68 Apr 18, 2014

    I had no idea ADHD was still on, I had my DVR set to record it, but haven't seen an episode since the first few episodes

  • JT_Kirk Apr 18, 2014

    Same here, it's because they stopped airing the shows as individual titles and switched to block programming, so the change in the way they scheduled it killed DVR series recordings. Smooth move, Fox.

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