NBC pulled “The Michael J. Fox Show” from its Thursday night schedule according to an announcement on Wednesday but has given no indication whether the show is canceled. NBC shot a total of 22 episodes of the half-hour comedy, but so far only 15 shows have aired. “'The Michael J. Fox Show’ has been pulled from the NBC schedule and replaced on Thursday night by 'Hollywood Game Night,' EW confirmed Wednesday night,” reported Entertainment Weekly on Feb. 5, 2014.
Even though Michael J. Fox fans had been eager to see the favorite star appear again on television as the new fall TV season began, the show itself turned out to be a big disappointment to many. During its final Thursday airing on Jan. 23, the show received only a 0.7 rating and 2.2 million viewers overall.
Despite some media reports that the comedy has been cancelled, “The Michael J. Fox Show” co-creator Sam Laybourne has not yet given up.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sam Laybourne set the record straight and said that the cancellation of the comedy are rumors – at least for now.
“After the news leaked that the series had been yanked from the schedule and rumors began swirling of its cancellation, we called Laybourne to set the record straight about his show’s fate, discuss its ratings woes, talk about how much better the show has gotten, and why he’s optimistic that this isn’t the end of The Michael J. Fox Show…yet.”
As for now, the Winter Olympics will air on the first three Thursdays of February. Once the Winter Olympics are over, “Hollywood Game Night” will take the show’s place in the Thursday slot beginning on Feb. 27.
If and when NBC will air the remaining seven episodes of “The Michael J. Fox Show” – no one knows.