It’s one and done for two of FOX’s scripted titles this season.
Announced this morning, the network has officially canceled its freshman vampire drama, “The Passage,” and its rookie Friday night comedy, “The Cool Kids.” The news comes almost two months after the former wrapped up its first (and only) season on the network, while the latter will be airing its series finale later tonight.
The two cancellations also come less than a day after FOX handed out series orders for six new shows, all of which will be premiering on the network in the 2019-20 season. Together, “The Cool Kids” and “The Passage” mark FOX’s third and fourth scripted cancellations of the season so far, following the cancellations of “The Gifted” and “REL” a few weeks ago.
Created by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom, “The Cool Kids” followed three friends at a retirement center, as they have their comfortable existence rattled by a newcomer to the community. Airing Friday nights, the freshman comedy averaged a solid 0.84 live + same day rating in the adults 18-49 demo this season, and was thought to have had a pretty good shot at a second season – making it one of the spring’s more surprising cancellations up to this point.
Created by Liz Heldens, “The Passage” took place after a botched U.S. government experiment turned a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, and followed an orphan girl capable of stopping the ensuing chaos. Throughout its first season, it averaged an OK 0.9 adults 18-49 rating with 3.73 million viewers.
FOX has handed out renewals for 7 of its scripted titles this season, with “9-1-1,” “The Resident,” “Empire,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Last Man Standing” all having been already renewed for the 2019-20.
With this morning’s pair of cancellations as well, only “Proven Innocent,” “Lethal Weapon,” “The Orville,” and “Star” are still waiting to hear their ultimate fates, but the network’s remaining decisions should be made sometime in the next few days.