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The Michael J. Fox Show Pulled From Thursday Nights; May Be Back in Spring

By Tony Sokol | February 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST


NBC cancelled "The Michael J. Fox Show" and replaced it with "Hollywood Game Night." NBC later put out a statement that "The Michael J. Fox Show" might return later in the spring.

NBC yanked "The Michael J. Fox Show" in the middle of its first season on the air. Michael J. Fox's return to television was short-lived. NBC pulled "The Michael J. Fox Show" from its Thursday lineup after 15 episodes.

Beginning February 27, the first Thursday after the Winter Olympics, NBC will show "Hollywood Game Night" at 9 p.m. The new show will follow "Community" and "Parks & Recreation." The Winter Olympics will air on the first three Thursdays of the month. NBC recently closed production on "Sean Saves the World" two weeks ago, signaling that NBC's Thursday comedy block is struggling. Sean Hayes starred in "Sean Saves the World."

NBC shot 22 episodes "The Michael J. Fox Show." The half-hour sitcom never caught on in the ratings. In its final Thursday airing, on Jan. 23, "Michael J. Fox" pulled a 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers overall. NBC continue showing the remaining episodes of "The Michael J. Fox Show" because they had all been shot. Production on The Michael J. Fox Show wrapped in December. There are no plans for the remaining 7 episodes. The show is not officially cancelled. NBC will try to find a spot for it. 15 of the show's 22 episodes have played so far. There is no word on when NBC might air the remaining episodes.

"The Michael J. Fox Show" marked the return of Michael J. Fox to NBC. In the 1980s, Michael J. Fox was a Thursday night comedy block mainstay. He starred in "Family Ties" and later "Spin City."

"The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Sean Saves the World" were not show in NBC's prime-time hype reel at last month's Television Critics Association press tour. NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said the show faced an "uphill battle." Two weeks ago NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said "We like [MJ Fox]. We like Sean Hayes' show a lot. Creatively, we think they're good shows, and we're really unhappy that we can't find an audience for them in those time periods."

"Hollywood Game Night" is produced by executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner who produced "Sean Saves The World." Hollywood Game night is scheduled to run through April 3. There is no decision what will go in the 9-10 PM slot after that.  

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