Fox makes choice to nix ‘Nathan’

Lorre will still produce a show for Fox via WBTV

Fox has changed its mind about “Nathan’s Choice.”

Net had ordered six episodes of the ambitious laffer from Warner Bros. TV and veteran comedy producer Chuck Lorre (“Dharma & Greg”) earlier this summer (Daily Variety, June 14.) But as production began gearing up, Fox and WBTV realized the show would be too difficult to pull off.

Lorre is still expected to end up creating a series for Fox via WBTV. Web and studio are hammering out the details of a new production commitment to the producer.

As for “Nathan’s Choice,” insiders said its premise — two endings are taped each week, and viewers decide which one airs via phone and Internet voting — proved even more complicated than imagined.

“We always knew it was going to be extremely ambitious,” one insider familiar with the project said. “We were trying to do a show and a half in the context of a one-show structure. We tried pushing the envelope.”

Reps for Fox and WBTV both declined comment.

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