Fox is putting reality skein “Playing It Straight” on hiatus as part of an overall shakeup of its Thursday and Friday skeds.
“Straight,” a relationship-based unscripted show in which a single woman has to determine the sexual orientation of her male suitors, is being pulled from the lineup effective immediately. Starting Friday, skein’s 8-9 p.m. slot will be filled by clip shows “Totally Outrageous Behavior” and “World’s Craziest Videos.”
Also starting Friday, unscripted sudser “Forever Eden” will permanently shift to Fridays at 9 p.m., giving Fox an all-reality Friday. “Wonderfalls,” which has struggled in the latter slot, will now shift to 9 p.m. Thursdays starting this week.
Despite an extensive promo push, “Straight” never found an audience on Friday, averaging a meager 3.9 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 over its three-week run. Because the skein has a strong competition element, Fox plans on bringing the show back this summer so viewers can find out how the game ends.
Though rare, it’s not unheard of for a net to pull a reality show in the middle of its run. A few years back, NBC did just that with a show called “Lost,” while ABC yanked “The Family” after just a couple episodes last winter. Both skeins eventually returned to finish out their orders.