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NBC Cuts ‘Truth Be Told’ Order to 10 Episodes

NBC has cut the episode order of “Truth Be Told,” Variety has learned.

Though the network has not canceled the show, the low-rated Friday night comedy’s freshman run has been reduced to 10 episodes. The remainder of the season will continue to run during its 8:30 p.m. time slot.

In its first two airings, “Truth Be Told” has averaged a 0.66 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.41 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates. It’s the lowest-rated of any series on the Big Four networks this fall.

Created by DJ Nash, the sitcom follows two couples who are best friends and neighbors, and will talk about anything and everything. The lead foursome is played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell, Bresha Webb and Vanessa Lachey.

“Truth Be Told” received lackluster reviews from critics, including Variety‘s Brian Lowry who said: “Apparently designed to be provocative in that its two central pals — one white, one black — talk a lot about race, the program is so self-conscious about mining those conversations for comedy as to feel completely stilted. There’s a playfulness to the show and the banter among the four leads, but truth be told, it’s not particularly good.”

When the pilot was ordered, the project was titled “People Are Talking.” The series also endured a casting change as Lachey replaced Meaghan Rath, who was also cast in another comedy, which was ordered to series at Fox.

“Truth Be Told” joins a group of more new fall series that have had their orders cut, including “The Player,” also at NBC, which was trimmed to nine episodes last week. Fox recently reduced drama “Minority Report” to 10 episodes and ABC cut “Blood & Oil” to the same number.

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