'Napoleon Dynamite' Canceled, 'Bob's Burgers' Renewed By Fox

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May 14th, 2012

With the release of the Fox 2012-13 primetime schedule, Napoleon Dynamite had been officially canceled by Fox after its rookie season, while Bob's Burgers has been renewed for a third season.

Update: Since Bob's Burgers is noted on the just released schedule as not being replaced at any point in the 2012-13 season (like, for example, Fringe), my assumpion is that it’s going to have more episodes added past the 13 that will be “left over” after this season, so I’m assuming it can be termed a renewal for the 2012-13 season. If that gets clarified by Fox to the negative, I will update.

 
  • Allen

    Well done Fox.

  • Oliver

    I’m slightly surprised Fox cancelled Napoleon Dynamite given the lack of new animated shows on their slate, but renewing Bob’s Burgers seems like a solid bet.

  • CrazedNovelist

    YAY!! Bob’s Burgers!!

  • Balaji K

    Bob’s Burgers already had a 22-episode season 2 order. Only 9 episodes will air in the current cycle. The remaining 13 will air in the 2012-13 season. Not technically renewed.

  • Travis

    So it’s renewed for the 2013-2014 season then.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bob’s Burgers already had a 22-episode season 2 order. Only 9 episodes will air in the current cycle. The remaining 13 will air in the 2012-13 season. Not technically renewed.”

    Since it’s noted on the just released schedule as not being replaced at any point in the 2012-13 season (like, for example, Fringe), my assumpion is that it’s going to have more episodes added past the 13 that will be “left over” after this season, so I’m assuming it can be termed a renewal for the 2012-13 season. If that gets clarified by Fox to the negative, I will update.

    “So it’s renewed for the 2013-2014 season then.”

    Not necessarily.

  • Dan S

    Napoleon Dynamite never got a fair shake & didn’t have a chance to build an audience.

  • Laura

    Napoleon was crap that’s why it was cancelled. A show about social rejects for social rejects.

  • ToXiX

    Shouldn’t Fox release an official statement concerning this matter today?

  • psychic

    What a surprise. =/

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Shouldn’t Fox release an official statement concerning this matter today?”

    There is no chance they release a statement saying “Napoleon Dynamite has been canceled”. Networks never do.

    They could release something about “More episodes of Bob’s Burgers ordered”, or they could remark on it during their conference call (which starts in about 10 minutes).

    I will update if there is anything.

  • ToXiX

    @Bill Gorman

    It’s obvious of the ND cancellation, I more so meant the situation with Bob’s Burgers.

  • ToXiX

    Thank you.

  • Dan

    Not surprised, Napoleon Dynamite never got any traction and like Allen Gregory before it just burned through its episodes. I knew that FOX would keep Bob’s Burgers which already had 13 episodes for this season and FOX will probably order around 13 more to round out the season.

  • Monkey

    Haven’t FOX hat an animated pilot/presentation ‘Working Class Heroes’ to be decided on sometime later? Maybe it’ll depend on that presentation, when they get it, whether or not Bob Burgers gets a proper renewal.

  • Laura

    They announced Allen Gregory’s cancellation, why not Napoleon’s?

  • Brandon

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes! I love Bob’s Burgers! Great news! Sad about Napoleon Dynamite, I didn’t watch the first season but I would have watched it if it was renewed. I didn’t watch the first season because I would have rather seen the show airing close to production order but it was too sloppy. The Bob’s Burgers news makes me really happy though! :)

  • Ben

    Hooray for Fox! Bob’s Burgers is a very good program. I like it’s offbeat, droll humor. It is funny. I saw an episode of Napoleon Dynamite. It was too average, and not very funny.

    Is The Rules of Engagement the only show still waiting to find out what it’s fate is? I predict it will be renewed, and be used to fill time slots, if or when,one of the new CBS shows gets cancelled. If more than one new show gets cancelled, CBS probably has a lot more shows they can use to fill it’s time slot.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “They announced Allen Gregory’s cancellation, why not Napoleon’s?”

    There certainly was no press release about Allen Gregory. A Fox exec (I think it was Kevin Reilly) was asked about the show during a TCA Q&A and made the rare public admission that “We will not be making any more”. Public admissions like that come only under direct questioning, no network ever volunteers that information.

    Unless someone at Fox is asked about Napoleon Dynamite in a venue they have to answer, there will never be another word spoken about it by Fox.

  • Laura

    Ahh thanks for that. People are still holding out hope that it’s going to come back. I wish they would release such statements. Really what do they have to lose from it? Napoleon won’t get a dvd release nor a syndication run.

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