It’s a bad day to be a freshman comedy series on Fox, as the network confirmed that four of its new sitcoms – including The Grinder, Grandfathered, Bordertown and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life – won’t be seeing a season two. The former two shows debuted in the fall, while Bordertown and Cooper Barrett were lower-profile midseason entries.
As such, it’s not entirely surprising that they became fodder for cancelation, but The Grinder and Grandfathered might come as a shock to fans. The Grinder was well received when it debuted in 2015, and Grandfathered remained strong in the ratings, leaving some to thing Fox would end up picking one over the other to come back.
It seems that after hearing showrunner pitches for second seasons of each show, as well as reviewing potential new pilots for the 2016-2017 TV season, the network ultimately decided both would get the axe. Leading up to the cancelation, rumors swirled around a potential reboot for Grandfathered – the specifics of which were kept quiet – but even a potential tweaking of the show’s formula wasn’t enough to save Stamos’ series.
There are also rumblings that the tragically named Second Chance has been canceled by Fox, although no confirmation was given by the network.
Renewal and cancelation announcements are popping up left and right this week, so stay tuned as we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest (and saddest, RIP Agent Carter) announcements.