With just under a week before US television networks present their annual upfronts presentations to advertisers, Fox has decided to announce further scheduling plans for the 2012-13 television season by cancelling two of its freshman drama programmes while renewing another.
Kiefer Sutherland's new drama Touch has been renewed for a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While ratings for the programme have slipped since its initial premiere following American Idol in January, the show has shown enough promise for Fox to pick it up for next season. It is the only drama Fox has premiered in the 2011-12 television season to receive a renewal notice.
After previously cancelling the much hyped but overwhelmingly expensive dino-drama Terra Nova, Fox has decided to also let go of two other dramas which have underwhelmed this season. JJ Abrams series Alcatraz premiered to strong ratings behind veteran series House, but ratings fell away quickly over its thirteen episode run.
Similarly, Bones spin-off The Finder failed to find success on Thursdays behind both The X Factor and American Idol, pushing Fox to shift its final episodes to Fridays, leading into the low-rated Fringe.
Both Alcatraz and The Finder were much hyped by the network, with their cancellations underlining a disappointing season for drama on the network. With three of their four new dramas cancelled and House finishing its run after eight seasons, Fox is left in a precarious position for hour-long programming.
Today's news comes on the back of many other previous announcements by Fox. Next week's upfront presentations in New York are expected to bring a slew of new programme announcements.
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