Fox has given the ax to three freshman comedies: “Dads,” “Surviving Jack” and “Enlisted.”
Drama “Rake,” starring Greg Kinnear, was also formally cancelled on Wednesday, as expected.
The network has ordered four new comedies for the coming season, and is expected to pick up at least one more, “Cabot College,” exec produced by “30 Rock” duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
“Dads” (pictured), from 20th Century Fox TV, bowed with the highest profile, coming from the Seth MacFarlane shop and “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The show had a tough assignment in opening Fox’s Tuesday lineup in the 8 p.m. slot.
“Surviving Jack,” starring Chris Meloni, was a late midseason entry from Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s banner.
“Enlisted,” also from 20th TV, had the strongest critical response of the three, drawing praise for its portrayal of the unique pressures on families in the military. Series was created by Kevin Biegel.
So far, Fox has given series greenlights to four new comedies, including and animated entry from MacFarlane, “Bordertown” (20th TV) and an ensembler led by “Saturday Night Live” vet John Mulaney from Universla TV.
“Weird Loners” (20th TV) is about a group of commitment-phobic people who wind up living in the same apartment building. And “Last Man on Earth” (20th TV) stars Will Forte.
Wednesday’s cancellations make “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” the only freshman comedy from Fox’s 2013-14 slate to get a renewal.