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Post  Banjo on 2008-05-14, 18:13

Typical of Fox to cancel one of the best sitcoms. Sad

Grammer says 'Back to You' won't be back on Fox




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LOS ANGELES — Kelsey Grammer said Tuesday that Fox is dropping his sitcom "Back to You," calling the decision a surprise and a shame. "They have let it go," Grammer told The Associated Press. "We were told
all this time we were in good shape and we were coming back." On
Friday, Grammer taped an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show
promoting the series. When the veteran sitcom star ("Cheers,"
"Frasier") arrived home later that evening he received a call telling
him that the show was canceled. "Back to You," co-starring
Patricia Heaton and set in a Pittsburgh TV station newsroom, debuted
strongly last fall with nearly 9.5 million viewers. But its audience
has slipped, with last week's episode drawing just under 7 million
viewers. Television watching overall is down, a trend that's
been blamed in part on lingering effects of a 100-day writers strike
that shut down TV production. Fox's fall schedule is set to be announced Thursday in New York. The network declined comment on the fate of "Back to You." Grammer
said he spoke with Fox executives Peter Liguori and Kevin Reilly on
Saturday and that they didn't fully explain the decision. He speculated
that their interest in the show had "waned" so they were unwilling to
be patient with it. "I'm not really sure what the real
reasoning is. I think they ended up with a show that was going to be a
great show. It was a great show," he said. An online petition
campaign is afoot to save the show and Grammer and his wife, Camille,
sent an e-mail note to friends inviting them to jump aboard. Grammer
said he's "nursing a tiny hope" that CBS might pick up the show after
talking with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "I spoke with Les the other day and he was not completely discouraging," Grammer said, wryly. Grammer and his wife e-mailed friends that if they wished to voice support for the show to CBS, "you won't hear us complaining." In
an interview, Grammer dismissed talk that the show, with two
high-profile TV stars in him and Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"),
was too costly for Fox. "That's rarely a stumbling block if
they really want a show," he said. "There are ways around that. They
just really didn't want it." But, he said, this week's episode (8 p.m. EDT Wednesday) is excellent and an example of why "Back to You" deserves to continue. "It does exactly what you want a sitcom to do. Granted, there are new
trends in viewing and it's edgy to watch something with no laugh
track," Grammer said. "But when the old form is firing it's the
funniest form in the world."

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Post  Ancient Roswellian on 2008-05-14, 21:03

bonked on the head Fox!

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Post  Iris on 2008-05-15, 15:19

I watched last night and it was bittersweet to know that the season finale was the series finale.

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Post  Banjo on 2008-05-15, 19:04

And....it was one of the best eps...with funny double entendres. :lol:

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Post  LarryP on 2008-05-16, 05:38

Must not have fit into the station's long-term objectives??? Rolling Eyes
Once again, you just wonder what they're thinking. scratch
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Post  Ancient Roswellian on 2008-05-16, 19:17

Uh...there's thinking involved? Wink

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