Class dismissed: Fox has canceled its critically hailed docudrama skein “American High” after just two weeks.
Despite a solid marketing push and some of the best reviews of the year, the 20th Century Fox-produced series from docu helmer R.J. Cutler (“The War Room”) didn’t immediately click with auds. It didn’t help that Fox decided to air two episodes of the show Wednesdays from 9-10 p.m., opposite the CBS reality series “Big Brother” and the WB’s “Young Americans.”
Repeats of “Futurama” will replace “High,” starting Wednesday.
While Fox has expelled “High,” the series may not be dead. Twentieth is exploring the possibility of pacting with sister cabler Fox Family Channel for the rights to the four segs that have already aired, as well as nine other episodes yet to be broadcast. Fox Family recently snagged the rights to NBC/DreamWorks’ “Freaks & Geeks” and last year ran segs of “My So-Called Life.”
MTV would be another logical home for “High,” though no serious talks have yet taken place.
“We’re disappointed, obviously,” Cutler said. “We had hoped to have a long run on Fox, but we’re incredibly proud of what we accomplished.”
Cutler is optimistic that “High” will find a new campus.
“There’s no question there’s a home for this show,” he said. “People have already been calling (and) we expect ‘American High’ to live on.”
Show chronicles the daily challenges of teenagers attending a suburban Chicago high school, using a mix of documentary and filmmaking styles.
Skein averaged a 2.8 rating/5 share with its Aug. 2 debut. A repeat of the show’s first two segs on Aug. 8 averaged a 2.6/4, while last week’s episodes earned a 2.3/4.