FOX has officially cancelled praised comedy The Mick, it was confirmed today.
The network had been squarely behind the Kaitlin Olson-starrer since the beginning, giving The Mick a NFL-boosted series premiere and extending its first season despite a midseason premiere. Ratings slumped during this past season, however, and with the Disney merger on the cusp of completion, and Thursday Night Football set to join the schedule this fall, FOX is looking to pare down its scripted imprint.
Initially, it looked like The Mick could squeak into a third season, considering the network’s affection for it and the show’s positive buzz. However, an impending pickup of Last Man Standing spelled an end to the network’s comedy brand as we know it, as it’s cheaper and broader in reach than the network’s quirkier, nichier single cams. It will be interesting to see what FOX’s 2018 schedule will look like and how drastic of a change they’ll be implementing from this past season, which was heavier on critical acclaim and non-linear fan bases than it was L+SD numbers. As such, it’s one of several casualties at the network on Thursday.
From the John and David Chernin (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), The Mick followed a grifter (Olson) forced to raise her sister’s children after an FBI arrest.
The second season of The Mick wrapped up this past April on FOX.