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Fox cancels “Dads”, “Surviving Jack” and “Enlisted” + “Rake” (Updated)

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Updated: Fox has also canceled Rake, the legal drama starring Greg Kinnear. While not a huge hit and the network banished the show to Fridays, creatively it was successful and was a hit among fans. The show lasted 12 episodes with one left unaired. Rake was based off the Australian series of the same name. A lot of people were confused over the title, as “rake” isn’t really an American term generally used.

Not that it comes as a surprise to anyone, but Fox has canceled freshman comedies Dads, Surviving Jack, and Enlisted. The only one of those that might be a bit of a shocker is Dads, as it comes from Seth MacFarlane, and Fox has liked to stay on his good side so far.

However, none of the three series did much in the ratings department. Dads hovered around the 1.0 mark for the 18-49 demographic for most of the season, and only averaged around 3.5 million total viewers over 18 episodes. The show starred Martin Mull, Seth Green, and Giovanni Ribisi.

Surviving Jack, based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls is also gone. The second series to be based off one of Halpern’s books (the first being the short lived CBS series Shit My Dad Says) starred Christopher Meloni, but didn’t debut big for Fox and has declined since its premiere. Maybe it’s time for star Christopher Meloni to return to Law & Order: SVU.

Finally, Enlisted was the small cult classic that failed. It was probably one of Fox’s highest praised comedies, but Fox banished the show to a timeslot that sucked before it even premiered. The show starred Geoff Stults and lasted only nine short episodes.

Fox has many problems heading into the 2014-2015 season, and without really any huge comedies – New Girl hasn’t been as successful the past year or so – the network needs to make some big changes for the upcoming year.

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