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Sportsball: The Likely Reason Fox Canceled Everything

After the TV bloodshed day yesterday, it's nice to get at least some kind of explanation as to why FOX cancelled five shows including The Exorcist, The Last Man on EarthThe MickLucifer, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Fan reception was, of course, swift — #SaveLucifer started trending quickly after the official word came down. Notable entertainment personalities such as Lin-Manuel MirandaGuillermo del Toro, and Mark Hamill were vocal about their displeasure at Brooklyn Nine-Nine's nixing, both tweeting several times in support of the show and urging other networks to possibly swoop in and save it.

The big question on most fans' minds is why the cancelation of shows with pretty healthy viewership respectively, and an even more robust fanbase.

Sportsball: The Likely Reason Fox Canceled Everything

The Hollywood Reporter says that this likely has more to do with FOX's 5 year FNL slate deal than anything else, with the Thursday Night Football programming alone taking 30 hours of schedule time.  That doesn't seem like a lot until you realize that FOX does not go into the 10 p.m. hour, unlike other networks. FOX also holds the MLB post-season games, including the World Series, accounting for other primetime TV real estate that cannot be taken by original programming.

It is also likely the cancellation of three comedies is because FOX saved ABC's Last Man Standing. While yes, there is no proof of that being the case, the sudden decision to nab the Tim Allen-starring series hot on the heels of the incredulous viewership numbers the Roseanne revival brought in obviously points to the demographic the network is aiming for.

One of the other more prevalent rumors as to why the large-scale axe fell was due to the possible Disney acquisition. Let's say the House of Mouse goes through with the purchase of 20th Century FOX (which would also include FOX Searchlight and 20th Century FOX Television) — can you see them keeping the dark-subject matter shows? One source suggested that the poker tell here will be whether or not Gotham gets renewed.

At present, early rumored favorite Hulu has passed on picking up the possible 6th season of B99, and the creative team behind Lucifer has seemingly laid down their pitchforks.


NBC has reportedly picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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