Fox Cancels Utopia, Effective Immediately


Fox has officially pulled the plug on its reality series Utopia after two months, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The series, an expensive "social experiment" that followed the lives of a group of strangers isolated in a camp and tasked with creating their own society, was originally supposed to chronicle its participants' activities for an entire year. Fox initially planned to air new episodes twice a week for several weeks, on Tuesdays and Fridays, but the show struggled right out of the gate, prompting Fox to make some changes to the show's format and then to cut its Tuesday broadcast earlier than planed, leaving it to wither exclusively on Fridays. 

Utopia's most recent episode, which aired on Halloween, brought in only 1.6 million viewers and a series-low 0.5 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. Starting November 7, Fox will fill the show's Friday-night timeslot with repeats of MasterChef Junior, which debuts its second season in Utopia's former Tuesday timeslot on November 4. 

Fox's 24-hour live streams of the Utopia compound have already ceased operations; a message posted on the homepage of utopiatv.com reads: 

It's the final day of a brave new world. Thanks so much for joining us.

Viewtopians,

Thank you for your support since the start of Utopia. We greatly appreciate it. However, the Utopia project—including the internet streams—will no longer continue, effective immediately. Last Friday’s Halloween episode will be the last to air. 

Should you have any questions about your Premium Passport subscription, please email customercare@utopiatv.com.

On behalf of the pioneers, the crew and Fox, thank you for joining us on this great adventure.

The Producers 

Utopia joins NBC's A to Z and Bad Judge and ABC's Manhattan Love Story as the only new fall series to be canceled so far this season.

In related news, how's your Dead Pool looking?


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Nov 07, 2014
Fox must be run by Republicans.Way to F-up Fox!!!
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Nov 07, 2014
Nice! Thats another one on the dead pool for me :)
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Nov 05, 2014
I think this was doomed because "Reality" shows are formulated by the producers. They search for specific types to add friction and thus drama. They had a Christian preacher and a outspoken atheist. They had people who were animal rights advocates and hunters. Every person had an antithesis in another person. The producers were hoping that all hell would break loose and they would get it on footage. Unfortunately, they let the inmates run the asylum. They had no societal rules after 2 months of living together and this was how Utopia was supposed to be realized? They should have limited access to the compound and the outside world (in essences they should have been a quasi-country). This would have forced them to create a society instead of letting them to continue to live in the United States just on a small parcel of land. They let them use their "infamy" as television "stars" to collect money for the community by opening the place to visitors thus allowing them to not actually need to make business plans that would be required for a new society (not on television) in the real world. I am kind of surprised it made it 2 months.
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Nov 03, 2014
All I want to know is who were those 1.7 million people that stayed in on Halloween to watch Utopia????
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Nov 03, 2014
The voting off cast members is what ruined the show. They should have made them all have to deal with the same people the whole time.They also should of had two or three other utopian communities going at the same time and people could defect or the communities could go to war.
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Nov 04, 2014
The show was ruined from the start.
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Nov 03, 2014
Wow, Fox is writing down a big investment here. Honestly, they should have waited another week, Halloween wasn't going to be a big TV watching night anyway. I knew they'd cancel it, but I didn't expect them to fall so hard onto their faces. Too much "reality" not enough reality. Eat farts and die, Utopia.
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Nov 03, 2014
Yes! I scored a DP point! Go me.
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Nov 03, 2014
Yes, I got 2 out of 5 (Manhattan Love Story and Utopia)
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Nov 03, 2014
This could have been an amazing show, on the level of a real life Truman Show if it hadn't of been on FOX, hadn't been underhyped, and had actually been good... Buy an island in the Bahamas, dump 12 people on it, film it.... no challenges, no confession booths, just survival...
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Nov 24, 2014
that show exists, it's called Naked and Afraid (Nat. Geo). well...it's only 2 people. maybe you could get more than a dull half-hour out of 3-weeks of survival with the addition of 10 other people.
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Dec 12, 2014
UK channel 4 also did this with "The Island with Bear Grylls".
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Nov 24, 2014
I like N&A quite a lot, but the editing drives me crazy. In my opinion they focus on all the wrong things for the sake of drama over story telling.
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Nov 03, 2014
huh, interesting, I didn't have Utopia in my Dead Pool-list. which would've been an obvious choice.
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Nov 03, 2014
Yayy!!
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Nov 03, 2014
3 down, 2 to go (no way Gracepoint is renewed, so that leaves Cristella as the only question on my list).
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Nov 03, 2014
Sadly the dead pool counts the shows announced as canceled first, and you don't have Bad Judge in your list. Good choices, though. Cristela may be next, and Gracepoint is probably already gone, though Fox doesn't have to announce that until May or so.

Also, somehow the dead pool system recorded a 6th choice for you, Scorpion, and it already got a full season order.
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Nov 03, 2014
Wait! I think i finally got one.
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Nov 03, 2014
Good.
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Nov 03, 2014
It's a wonder that such shows are still produced. Even bigger wonder that there are people watching them.
I'm not judging - other people's preferences is none of my business - I just don't understand what do they see in such shows...
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Nov 03, 2014
It's very seldom I agree with FOX; however ............
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Nov 03, 2014
Give them paintball guns, rename show Battle Royale.
EZ.
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Nov 03, 2014
LOLOL 50 million down the drain. hahahahahahahhahah
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Nov 03, 2014
Maybe they should replace it with a similar reality show but with zombies trying to survive together. Zombies = guaranteed hit.
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Nov 03, 2014
Maybe Fox should have thrown some Kardashians in there.

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Nov 03, 2014
but why is Utopia always considered as a "series" when it's just a reality show?
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Nov 03, 2014
"Didn't See that Coming"
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Nov 03, 2014
Bad joke incoming: my Dead Pool is officially dead.
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Nov 03, 2014
Any time a reality show goes down, another angel gets their wings.
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Nov 03, 2014
True but there are so many other reality shows that I would rather get cancelled first. Thank goodness Honey Boo Boo is no more but the Kardashians are #1 on my list of shows in need of cancellation. Also on the list are all those bachelor and bachelorette shows. How this got cancelled while those are still on the air is amazing to me!
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Nov 03, 2014
Don't worry, Honey Boo Boo will be getting another gig pretty soon. She's a star in the making. Har,, har, har!
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Nov 03, 2014
Can't say I'm surprised.
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Nov 03, 2014
:( First Honey Boo Boo and now Utopia. I enjoyed both...... clips of those shows on The Soup.
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Nov 03, 2014
I actually liked this show. With that being said, it was more than likely going to fail. I should have known that when I picked my deadpool, but I decided against it for dumb reasons. This means I have a worst track record than last year, but at least I managed to get the first cancellation right.
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Nov 03, 2014
UTOPIA was in my dead pool finally
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Nov 03, 2014
I skipped Utopia because it had already been running a month when the Dead Pool started and I was thinking of the rules for previous Dead Pools which calculated based upon the number of episodes aired. The rules on this one are different and are apparently just based upon the first five. Although picking any cancelled shows this year is hard. To pick all five requires a lot of luck.
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Nov 03, 2014
Now this is a good chance to bring back Glee and Glee should increase the episode order for its sixth and final season from 13 to 14 before time runs out!
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Nov 03, 2014
Finally I have a Dead Pool Win!
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Nov 03, 2014
Like the song goes:

"Another one bites the dust."
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Nov 03, 2014
They should include that photo with the dictionary entry for utopia.

I didn't put the show in my dead pool because usually these type of shows are popular. I didn't even try to watch it. Maybe it lacked a reality show's requisite appeal to the deadliest of deadly sins? (The one that causes someone to consider themselves superior to another person.)
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Nov 03, 2014
Is there a single user whose Dead pools is even close right now?
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Nov 03, 2014
I've noticed three users are 4 for 4 with Manhattan Love Story, A to Z, Bad Judge, and Utopia. All three picked a different fifth choice, though: Forever, The McCarthys, and Mulaney.
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Nov 03, 2014
Thanks!
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Nov 03, 2014
I'm 3 for 3! Bad Judge, Utopia, and A to Z. My other two are still in the air.
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Nov 03, 2014
Sorry man, 3/4 Manhattan Love Story got axed.
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Nov 03, 2014
I know I probably won't win, but it's as close as I've ever gotten!
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Nov 03, 2014
Good for you, I wasn't even close this year.
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Nov 03, 2014
I know, I meant 3 out of 3 of my picks were cancelled. The other two are still in the air--they haven't been cancelled or picked up.
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Nov 03, 2014
Yes, but as far as I can tell just one. I see one person has all four and the last one is still possible.

If the winner is suppose to be the first five, then someone would have to have Utopia, A to Z, Bad Judge and Manhattan Love Story to be close to winning.
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Nov 03, 2014
If my reading of the the comments on the dead pool is correct, there are 3 people with these first 4 cancels in their list. They each have different 5th choices: Forever, Mulaney and The McCarthys.

If any other show gets announced as cancelled next, like perhaps Cristela, then there may be no winner (certainly not from those 3 people).

Many people consider Mulaney as technically canceled, back when its episode order was cut to the ones already filmed and everyone sent home. That would make @shantelletan already the winner.

At this point I think Forever is in more danger of getting canceled than McCarthys, but I think it's more likely another show will get canceled before either of these.

I may have missed some comments, and there may be other potential winners who never posted their choices in the comments. YMMV.
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Nov 03, 2014
The rule says: "The first entry to correctly name all five shows that ultimately get canceled first wins."

That's a little misleading because it implies that only the first five shows that get cancelled count. I understand it to mean "the person whose five chosen shows get cancelled first wins." The point being that the person has to pick five shows and they all need to be cancelled before anyone else's picked shows.

The problem with a show like Mulaney is that the network could wait until spring to make it's cancellation official, allowing time for another show to be officially cancelled first.
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Nov 03, 2014
Clarification: Mulaney has not been officially canceled, and only 4 of the new shows have been canceled, so there is no winner yet. Mulaney might have just zoomed to the front of the cancel pack, though.
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Nov 03, 2014
do you know which show would have to be cancelled if this person gets them all right? what would they do if no one won?
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Nov 03, 2014
I don't have a complete list; I'm only going by what is listed on the Dead Pool forums. But there seems to be only one person who even comes close.

I believe the person who guess the most correct would win. If someone doesn't pick the first five then it's the first person whose picks are cancelled first. But there's no prize. And it's much more simplfied than previous years which gave points for how many episodes aired before cancellation, which allowed shows that started later more of a chance. Utopia has already aired 13 episodes, which would have resulted in no points. The McCarthy's didn't start until October 30th, which means it would take until the middle of November at the earliest before being cancelled.

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Nov 03, 2014
NOOOOOO!!!!! If The Fox Network is unable to sustain a utopian society, what chance do we as a civilization have?!
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Nov 03, 2014
True. TV was my last hope.
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Nov 03, 2014
that's funny
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