Fox just wiped out half of its Tuesday-night comedy block.
The network has cancelled rookie sitcoms Grandfathered and The Grinder, TVLine has learned. Also axed: Fellow freshman comedies Bordertown. and Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life.
Grinder leading man Rob Lowe broke news of his show’s demise on Twitter Thursday.
#TheGrinder was not renewed by @FOXTV It was unapologetically original, smart, funny and had a murder’s row of talent. #GrinderRests.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016
The great news is, that film is forever. And I’m thrilled to have 22 episodes that were as acclaimed as they were. Time well spent!
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016
Despite launching to sluggish ratings last fall, both series scored full-season orders from Fox back in October. There was buzz Fox might spare one of the shows — possibly The Grinder, which enjoyed near widespread acclaim — but ultimately the network opted to roll the dice with their new pilots.
As the broadcast networks’ annual Upfronts Week nears, the fate of the last remaining “bubble” shows will be determined, as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW get ready to reveal their schedules for the 2016-17 TV season. For easy reference, TVLine’s handy Renewal Scorecard keeps tabs of where each show stands.
During Upfronts Week, the broadcast networks take turns announcing and touting their shows and stars for the fall and midseason. NBC and Fox are up first, delivering their respective morning and afternoon presentations on Monday, May 16, followed by ABC (on Tuesday, May 17), CBS (Wednesday, May 18) and The CW (Thursday, May 19).
I expected one of them to survive, but then again, it’s not like they wouldn’t have died next year anyways.
oh well at least Stamos still has Fuller House
Well if Grandfathered is cancel we can get our Emily Prentiss back on criminal minds :D
Wondered how long it’d take for someone to say this :D. Unless she changes her mind, I don’t know that she’d return to the show full-time, but if this leads to more guest appearances from her at the very least, I’m good with that!
I mean the team as always kinda seemed off without prentiss, and now that derek is gone, a old face could do us much good.
why don’t you suggest that to her on twitter, she could probably use a good laugh
Why don’t u do it , u seemed strangely opinionated.
Says the guy spewing all the opinions…
I’m not a guy!! And you were rue to me first !!
I don’t see why not, especially since this will hopefully/probably be CM’s final season.
Paget won’t come back fulltime she hates CBS for how they treated her.
Oh well people change. So we never know.
I want these two show s back don’t care about her. CM NEEDS SHAMAR!
Well Shemar want to try is hands at other things.
I watched both, but not particularly upset about either. The Grinder was definitely the better of the two shows, though. It had a horrible pilot episode, which might have driven people off, never to return–I know I almost gave up after that. It definitely got better, and I thought it might’ve gotten a second season. But I’m less upset about The Grinder itself getting cancelled and more upset for the cast, as I really like the bulk of them as actors and enjoy their other projects. Grandfathered was what it was. I think it ended well, there was closure, and it got a full season. Now to get Paget Brewster on something worthy of her.
People are forgetting Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers etc did poorly first seasons.
Yep! It seems like nowadays networks don’t give shows a chance. They’re too quick to cancel and bring in a new show. The only problem is, when you show the viewers they can’t get invested in a show because you are quick to give the axe – they DON’T get invested in shows because they’re scared to get caught up on a cliffhanger or invested in a 1 season show! These networks need to get it together.
She is Prudence on Comedy Central’s ‘Another Period.’ Ever seen it?
REALLY? Grandfathed was just getting good at the end of the season. Feels like shows (especially comedies) are never given time to find their footing. Seinfeld wouldn’t have lasted two seasons if it was released in 2016.
In today’s TV landscape, with all the different channels and options, Seinfeld might not last a month.
Actually, I’m finding comedies are making the characters far more unlikeable in scope and therefore, making it hard to want to like the show.
I regularly wanted to yell at The Grinder’s characters for bothering to enable Dean for so long, and certainly not yell at his father for such abject stupidity. I find the characters on New Girl more and more unlikeable as Jess does nothing but make bad decision after bad decision with no real consequences for her actions. And I won’t get started on Nick’s psycho persona.
Suffice it to say, I’m still left wondering how we find likeability and laughter in characters who are just so messed up they belong in institutions.
It’s been a very sad day. I loved grandfathered. Silver lining… Maybe Paget can go back to criminal minds.
NOOOOO!!!! I wanted The Grinder to be renewed so badly! :(
NO!!!!! THE GRINDER IS AWESOME!!!!! I HATE THIS….Hulu please grab this gem : )
I’m so sad. I got used to the family of Grandfathered. it’s like a relative just died :'( I hope Stamos can get the show to a new plataform maybe hulu or netflix
Bummer, I really liked the grinder.
ugh I knew The Grinder would get cancelled, but yet I let my TV heart love it. So far, two of the three new shows that I loved got cancelled. I have a feeling the third will get the ax too. Ugh. I have such a love-hate relationship with Upfronts week and the week before (when they usually announce on the bubble renews/cancels).
It’s always the good ones…
It’s always the good ones…
Yay! I apparently can’t manage how to do comments! :)
Not really surprised about either one. It is unfortunate that neither one got a better audience.
Not really upset about either of these decisions. At least we get John Stamos back on Fuller House!
I never watched Full House, and now I’m supposed to be glad he can go to Fuller House??? I liked Grandfathered…it amused me and made me laugh. Not many things on the air can do that for me, and one by one they are going away.
Thank heaven for the Food Network, Hulu and Netflix!
Wow, the cancelled both of them! Fox is scary.
I was under the impression one of these two was going to survive, and The Grinder made sense because Grandfathered was produced by ABC. I watched both of these shows and,while Grandfathered was sweet, The Grinder had more potential, but needed time to get its formula right . I am curious to see what they do now on Tuesdays, I wouldn’t mind seeing Last Man on Earth paired with Brooklyn Nine Nine, or the new Seth MacFarlane Space comedy.
Fox cancels almost everything prematurely so this doesnt surprise me.
If it has an audience, maybe a Netflix revival.
Dang! I liked ‘Grandfathered’! Great cast!
I don’t know why I even bother getting invested in TV shows at this point. At least one of these two sitcoms, The Grinder, in my opinion, should have survived.
I don’t know why I bother to watch freshman FOX comedies. They cancel all the ones I adore. I waited 2 seasons to start watching B99 because of this.
Nooooooooooooooooo!!!! Especially to Grinder, it turned out to be what I was hoping for and more after the disappointing pilot. It got soo good, and that finale with the metaphoric winking conversation at the end about how they should get renewed was so great! *sigh*
I’m not surprised by this news but i did think maybe one would have survived.
I loved Grandfathered! Cancel Last Man on Earth. That show is garbage!
Amen to that!