Til Death Dead

04/06/2010 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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FOX has officially cancelled Til Death.

After four season, 80+ episodes, FOX has said enough is enough of this horribly rated show.

Despite receiving pitiful ratings, FOX kept renewing the show due to Sony (the show’s studio) offering a HUGE break on the license fee.  FOX has used this show to fill space on Fridays and – more recently – Sundays at the 7p (EST) time period.

Why would FOX want this show, especially when they haven’t aired a lot of the episodes?  It was cheap. 

Why would Sony want to basically give it away for free (with any purchase of a large value meal)?  Syndication.  Now that they have over 80 episodes in the can, they can sell it into a marketplace that is desperate for sitcoms.  This was the same strategy ABC has used for keeping According to Jim & Scrubs alive well past their “good by” date.  More episodes = more revenue for the studio.

The cast and crew were told many weeks ago that FOX was pulling the plug, but FOX hadn’t publically acknowledged it until this week.

Here’s what Brad Garrett said about the issue:

“The other night, we got an 0.8 [rating]. Once your mom stops watching, you’re an 0.4. The network said, ‘What do you suggest?’ I said, ‘If you give me one more month, I can take you to a zero.’ And there was dead silence.  After year two, when you’re getting beat by Telemundo, it’s time to go home. I mean, even the show my housekeeper watches was beating the show that was paying her salary. I’d come in the room, and she’d quickly turn off Telemundo.”

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