Fox is handing out pink slips for a large crop of TV shows, and well it’s not looking good for black folk. On Monday during a pre-Upfront call regarding it’s Fall 2019 TV season, the network announced sadly that a handful of African-American led series were getting the ax. Fox chief Charlie Collier addressed the challenge of diversity at the network following the cancellations saying the “effort continues.”
“If you look across our slate in terms of scripted and unscripted and sports, we really are doing a good job but the job never stops. The effort continues, it never stops,” Collier said.
Unfortunately the line-up of new shows doesn’t look too diverse. Here’s five that got cut that have us shook and confused. Brace yourself.
Lee Daniels’ Empire will be ending it’s reign after season 6. Just two weeks after Fox Entertainment renewed the hip hop drama for a sixth season (without Jussie Smollett) it announced Monday that Season 6 will be its last. Collier says season 6 will be a major event and the show will have a proper ending. “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing,” Collier said on the call of Empire‘s last season, which will be 20 episodes. “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”
On Friday the network announced the Lee Daniels’ series following three talented singers would not be returning for a fourth season. The cancellation was unexpected and had Twitter in a tizzy. Today Fox execs said they pulled the plug to give Empire a proper send off, meanwhile there is talk that it may move to another network. Star which was led by Queen Latifah, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Amiyah Scott and Quincy Brown debuted on Fox December 2016. Like Empire it also included a star-studded roster of guest stars including Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Tyrese Gibson, Gladys Knight, Missy Elliott.
Last month Fox announced that the Lil Rel Howry led series wouldn’t be returning after one season. Sad news considering a host of fans who loved the comedian from NBC’s The Carmichael Show tuned in after it’s unexpected cancellation in 2017. Carmichael also served as an executive producer of the show that followed Howery as he tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago. The series also starred comedian Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones.
The network’s buddy cop show Lethal Weapon won’t return for another season either. Inspired by the popular films from the 1980s and early ’90s, the show starred Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans as a mismatched team of police detectives. Crawford was fired after two seasons and replaced by Seann William Scott in Season 3. Back in October, Wayans shocked the world when publicly said he didn’t want to return for Season 4. Now, he won’t be alone as the whole show has been cut.
THE COOL KIDS
Co-created by Charlie Day, The Cool Kids revolved around three guy friends ( David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan) in a retirement community who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel played by Vicki Lawrence. The series premiered last fall to solid numbers and was the most-watched Friday broadcast comedy debut in almost six years. Fox didn’t explain why it was cutting the show, but did say it was a tough decision.
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