Jezebel James' return aborted

If you put a well-respected television producer, a gifted independent-movie actress, and a proven young talent together, chances are something great will be created. Or at least that's what Fox thought.

Things looked good for the new comedy The Return of Jezebel James when it was in its infancy: Amy-Sherman Palladino of Gilmore Girls fame would write the show and run things, Best in Show's Parker Posey would star as a woman looking to have a child, and Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose was cast as the estranged sister who would carry the child.

However, even that wealth of talent couldn't save the new comedy. According to TVGuide.com, the show has been canceled only a few weeks after making its series debut.

The vultures have been circling Jezebel James for months now. The show was pushed around the network's schedule a bit before seeing its 13-episode order almost cut in half to seven. But the worst news came in the most important department: ratings. Only three episodes of the show have aired, but that's probably news to most--hardly anyone watched them, a rare sour note on Fox's otherwise dream season.

Fox has yet to make a statement on the matter or confirm the cancellation, but given the bad omens surrounding the program, don't be surprised if an official statement is released soon. For those few who desperately want to know what happened in the last four episodes of season one, don't get your hopes up--unless the missing episodes are aired online, they may never be seen.

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Although I loved The Gilmore Girls, this show was terrible. It wasn't due to the actors--Lauren Ambrose and Parker Posey are very talented. For some reason, in this show, their characters seemed like hysterical women, screeching their lines (especially Posey) and were really difficult to connect with.

It seemed like the Posey character was supposed to resemble the witty and spontaneous Lorelai from GG, but it definitely paled in comparison.

Even Ambrose, who was brilliantly sullen in Six Feet Under, couldn't save her character from being whiney and obnoxious.

What a shame.
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I loved this show... It could have been aired on a better night. Wish it could have stuck around.
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This is so typical of FOX. If your show isn't "reality" it is doomed on FOX. I am worried for Joss Whedon new show Dollhouse, because it well be on FOX. You think Joss would be wary after the way FOX treated Firefly. The Return of Jezebel James had a lot of promise. Great cast, great writing, it never had a chance to find it's legs.
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I can't believe FOX chose to air this show during the NCAA... I watched it, it was hilarious. Fox should have given it a chance once NCAA was over. But what can you expect from the network that canceled Family Guy TWICE as well as Point Pleasant.
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i think it would be foxs fault airing the show on a friday... most people are not watching tv on a friday there out.
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I thought the show was funny. I found it by accident, they did not promote it at all,they did not even give it a chance. This show as not a good match for FOX, because at this time of the year it is all about American Idol.
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Give it up to Fox...cancelling another show before its given any chance.
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this stinks... although it wasn't the best show ever it was still pretty funny. I mean Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote it for goodness sakes! It has to be funny! People kept comparing it to Gilmore Girls and it was given the death slot on Friday nights so no wonder it was canceled. Sad to see it go. :(

Hey ASP! Now that Jezebel James is canceled, the idea of a GG movie looks pretty good right now, huh? :D
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What?!! I can't believe this! I've been watching this show every week, and I love it!! It's so hilarious. It probably would have stood a better chance on another network, though (could never understand why it is on Fox). The only shows that survive on Fox are reality shows.
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Was ok. Had potential...I could see it going places...just not away, before it really began. Big Gilmore Girls fan...lots of shows I thought deserved a second season are being junked.
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first jericho and Jezebel James :(
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Typical Fox, hand them a potentional show and they kill it. I liked Return Of Jezebel James was pretty funny, I liked it!
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Oh well.
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They didn't give it enough time, but there are other shows out there that are worse like Back To You-Canterburry's Law-New Amsterdam-Hell's Kitchen-Kitchen Nightmares-Don't Forget the Lyrics-Cops-So you think you can dance-Nashville-Moment of truth-Are you smarter that a fith grader------I also hate House and American Idol even thought they are popular that don't leave much on fax that I like. hmm. let see there Terminator SCC,(only I watch live)Family Guy, Simpsons, American Dad, King of the Hill(all4 watch on dvr),24(watchon dvd), unhiched, Till death,Jezibell James(watch online or dvr if time slot open)Prison break i catch up on sometime online when I get a break from the TV.--------P.A.R.T(People Against Reality Television) I am starting this movment to get TV stations to stop making any more reality TV programs. They need to get They're thinking caps and there pocket books out, and stop making generic programs and start making quality television
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they didn't give it much of a chance, oh well...
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Thank you very much! This show almost made me feel that reality TV is not such a bad thing. Honestly the worst sitcom I have ever seen! As well as the first smart move on the part of FOX I've ever seen.
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no one watched it because they probably knew it was going to be cancelled. Stupid Fox.
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FOX knows just how to kill things.
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Was it good? I was planning on watching it soon since I love Gilmore Girls.
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Why canceled? I like it@
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Im not surprised but am sad. I enjoyed it. I actually laughed which was a surprise. The plot was cute and I was interested.
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never watched it
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This show was garbage from the word Go. I don't know what was up with Posey's character but she either acted it horribly or the writing just sucked. Either way, this show was unwatchable after 5 minutes.
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Unhitched shold go next. Its not funny plus it does terrible in ratings.
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This show was getting better,but,as far as comedies go, no not funny, maybe it was the laugh track,
laughing when it should not have, personally I DO NOT CARE FOR THAT AWFUL MACHINE.
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They got Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose and couldn't put out a product worth watching. It really was an awful show; I'm actually kind of embarrassed for the producers.
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this was not a good show...
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I am the editor of this show here in TV.com and I am really sad to let it go... I was not the best comedy show on TV but it was not that bad really...
They just had to drop the laugh track and the show was better... :(
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I, for one, thought it was funny, but I have to admit being annoyed that they felt a laugh track was necessary - as if the viewer could not be trusted to know what was a joke, and what was not. Too bad they felt the need to cancel it so quickly, but I guess it didn't fit in to their "all reality, all the time" format. And as several people have already commented, this show got virtually NO promotion from Fox. The only way I found out about it was here on TV.com.
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best new comedy. i don't get it. why invest on new shows just to drop them on friday nights and then cancel them??
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I'm not surprised, I was wondering how in heck something so awful could make it to the small screen and a great show be cancelled. WTH!?! :P
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I'm not one for early cancellations either. But come on! Half of this show was said in a supersonic girly girly voice, the other half you couldn't hear because of the laugh tape!
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ibemonty2000 is totally right. You know FOX has no faith in this show when they place it in the Friday night death slot.
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Reruns of 'Til Death did better than this show!
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Good. The second episode was one of the worst half-hour "comedies" I've ever seen. The laugh track was loud and way overused; I can't believe Amy didn't fight it.
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That was fast..
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Well....it's on Fox no surprise there. They should just stop making new shows. They get canceled only after a few shows.
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I can't say I'm heartbroken (it's not my kind of show), but how's this for bad marketing: I found out it was being aired when I ran across the posting for the 2nd episode on a Bittorrent website. (And of course, for any MPAA enforcer running across this comment, I never download illegally .... :P)
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WHAT?!?! Fox cancels yet another show??? What a BIG surprise!!!
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i thought it was okay i wouldn't write home about it but still there is bound to be some people that liked it
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I watched this show for about ten minutes and lost interest. It's rare for me to agree with early cancellations, but in this case... I have to.
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No big surprise. If a show is going to make it (especially on FOX), one prerequisite is that is has to be good. This one was not. Enough said.
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Although i'm usually against early cancellations i'm gonna have to go ahead and agree here. It seemed fool-proof with such talent but it's really annoying. I blame the writing and Posey Parker's acting. I would like to see these thrown online, i'd finish the series.
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i agree. i wanted to like it, but it was just not good at all. it was trying to strike a balance between funny/sweet, but instead it came off as smarmy/sappy.

better for all the talented people involved to find something else that is a more worthy project.
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What??!? I didn't even realize this show was on yet! I remember hearing about it briefly (I just started watching GG a few months ago) and wanted to watch it. Now it's getting canned? FOX didn't advertise this nearly enough. If I would have know it was on, I'd have checked it out.
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i cant believe this ! they cancel good shows and will proably replace it with some stupid reality show (Death to all reality shows) and well i know the ratings werent that good but it was mostly there own fault and the ratings where low but steady they didnt drop and drop each week ! Im so annoyed now
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I really liked this show they are always getting rid of the good shows and keeping the sucky shows on
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Their business model is broke. How is a show supposed to succeed when:

1. It's poorly advertised.
2. Nobody knows when it's on.
3. It's not given enough episodes for people to 'settle in' or get used to a shows concept.
4. It's killed off before it even has a chance for channel surfers to stumble on to it.
5. Tons watch via various online methods, DVR's etc. which are not counted for Neilsen ratings.

Then you end up burning enough people who get the new show they like killed off, and you end up turning people away completely. They end up just pirating it or wait for it on dvd because worrying about air times, cancellations, mid-season breaks, tons of tv ads, and all that just turn people off. TV is killing itself with a dying business model. Here's a tip to the industry: adapt or die.
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Well, it was poor advertisement, because I didn't even recall that this show was on the air. Too bad.
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It's a shame it didn't work out. Parker and Lauren are both terrific actresses.
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