The book may be closing on Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life.
In the wake of being moved to Fox’s Sundays-at-7:30 time slot, the freshman comedy is being pulled from the April 24 lineup in favor of a Simpsons rerun — meaning it will be off the air for two straight weeks, bumped as it is on May 1 for the American Country Countdown Awards.
Cooper Barrett is likely to be MIA when Fox locks its schedule for beyond May 1, our sister site Deadline reports.
A Fox spokesperson maintains that the sitcom “is not cancelled,” but merely the object of a scheduling change.
Starring Jack Cutmore-Scott as the titular sad sack who doesn’t have the job he wants and has accidentally fallen in love with his across-the-hall neighbor, Cooper Barrett premiered in January to 2.6 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, but at last tally was mustering barely a million heads and a 0.5 rating.
In a recent TVLine “Keep or Cut” poll, Cooper fared second-worst among all bubble shows (ahead of sister sitcom Bordertown), with only 22 percent of those with an opinion voting for renewal.