Fox cuts back orders for two sitcoms

Variety reported today that Fox has cut back the orders for two sitcoms, the Emmy-winning but low-rated Arrested Development and the freshman series Kitchen Confidential, based loosely on the exploits of celebrity chef Tony Bourdain. In an even worse sign for the shows, Fox pulled them both from the schedule and will replace them with reruns of Prison Break for the remainder of the November sweeps period.

Fox reduced the order for Arrested Development from 22 to 13 episodes. The show has struggled to find an audience since its premiere in 2003, despite winning two Emmy awards and receiving accolades from critics. After a disappointing season premiere, its ratings had faded in subsequent episodes. The show just returned from a month-long hiatus last night, with two back-to-back episodes guest-starring Charlize Theron, but ratings failed to improve.

The producers of Kitchen Confidential, which was slated to return Monday, November 14, were told by Fox that the show wouldn't be getting a pickup for a full season. The sitcom, starring Bradley Cooper, follows the exploits of Jack Bourdain, a ne'er-do-well New York chef who has seen his former celebrity dim. He gets one last chance to grab some glory when a restaurant owner (Frank Langella) hires him to run his kitchen. Loosely based on the acerbic, ribald memoirs of renowned New York chef and writer Anthony Bourdain, the show received negative reviews and stumbled out of the gate with low ratings.

In January, Fox was planning to move the popular medical drama House into the 8-9 p.m. Monday time slot, but it is still believed the two sitcoms will return in December to complete their runs. The network was careful not to say the shows have been canceled, but in the case of Arrested Development, "award winning" rarely trumps "low rated."

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I can't believe FOX cancelled Kitchen Confidential, I honestly was very surprised! How come shows like Ally McBeal got such a long run and something that is actually good gets a boot? In the UK, Kitchen Confidential got a very good response, so why don't you send it over to Europe, we'll take it any time if America doesn't want it.
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FOX is one short sited network. Kitchen Confidential was perhaps to good, maybe to well written. I loved the originality. Most of us have been there, behind the sceens of a working kitchen. Guess FOX brass hasn't. Can't identify with it. Here are some guides to providing a successfull series;
1. Promote it
2. Schedule it for a regular time
3. Give it time.
FOX did none of these. Truely Classless.
PLEASE, WOULD SOME OTHER NETWORK PICK THIS UP!
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A show getting cancelled in the middle of its third season has to be a rare occurrence, doesn't it?
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Typical of Fox.

Don't give smart intellectual comedy a chance.

Stick with inane realty shows .

Way to go!!
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man, those bastards cancelled Fast Lane too, that show was darn good, beter than lam-o prison break.

thank goodness at least gems like House appear to be a lock with the ratings fairy, although putting it on monday is a dumb idea, Tuesday is a good night for it, they should keep it there, hell keep arrested development and then they wont have to think about it.

although those morons at fox are partly to blame, moving it to monday when at least on sunday its ratings would have remained sustainable, but noooooo, those tastless tacks want 90% of their good shows to fail, oh well, at least Fox retains SOME good shows, even if they only do so because those good shows manage to garner good enough ratings and they keep equally bad shows for the same reasons.

those guys dont know their good from their bad shows if it hit them in the face and told them so itself.
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^ I agree. Get rid of the War at Home and put AD between The Simpsons and Family Guy. The ratings would skyrocket.
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do you remember the guy saying he blue himself hilarious and funny. mrs featherbottom priceless. getting cancellled big mistake.
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another reason to hate fox!!
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http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/arresteddev

http://www.saveourbluths.com

All we can do is write write write, sign sign sign, and hope for the the best.
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... I am so disgusted with Fox! Once again, they are being short sighted with another great show... Arrested is as good as it gets… Maybe the best show to ever grace TV
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This is total, complete crap. Comedy Central should step up and save AD.
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well i couldnt really care less about kitchen confidential. but arrested development is a really good show. looks like its the beginning of the end of AD.
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I'm not a fan of Arrested Development or Kitchen Confidential, but I share your pain, I went throught the same thing because of FOX's ineptitude, thr rug was pulled from undre my feet with Tru Calling after getting a second season then cut to 13 then cut to 6 and then cancelled., I feel your pain
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Why doesn't it rate? I don't get it!!! Charlize Theron guys!!! Come ON!!! I'm from Asia & I can't seemed to really get it!!! English is my secondary language & I get the jokes everytime!!!
Is it me??? Or Americans are just... u know what!!!
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I'm so upset. They are not even helping the show by replacing it with Prison Break. They aren't even giving it a chance.
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All the shows for smart, quick-witted people never seem to last. Television for Generation X (The generation, not Billy Idol's former band), TV for "Family viewing", TV for self-described rednecks; it all adds up to one thing: TV for the stupid. Unlike South Park or Benny Hill, Arrested Development is not "universal" humor. And I rejoice in the fact that it is not. Too many Americans want TV they can just tune in to and not think about; I want only the opposite, and it is a sad statement about our collective intellectual future that not many seem to share my view.

And by the way, Married With Children is like an English drawing-room comedy compared to most of the current crop of sitcoms.
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I am so pissed off right now, OMG. AD is the best show and I will now be boycotting the network as much as I can. I hope others do the same. Complain, E-mail, petition's, there are so many things that the true fans need to do to get those morons at FOX's attention. I sill can't believe they cut the order, I want to kill someone know.
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How can a shows ratings improve when it's not on the air? They've had something like 4 episodes this year.... They don't promote it. It is a wonderful show. I'm sorry that it's not filled with tit jokes and fart humor like Married With Children, thatss what Fox really wants I guess. Arresested needs to be back after the Simpsons. The War at Home ****s. Arreseted is the only intelligent comedy on Broadcast tv today, don't kill it too! Replacing a show with reruns of another show is stupid. All that would do is draw viewers from it's original airdate, so the ratings would actually go down.... Get some class and get Arrested!
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