FOX has cut the episode order for its forthcoming comedy “Us & Them” from 13 episodes to seven, effectively shutting down production on the show.
The show, an adaptation of the Britcom “Gavin & Stacey,” stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as a long-distance couple who are meeting in person for the first time, bringing their respective best friends (Dustin Ybarra and Ashlie Atkinson) along in case the date goes awry. Spoiler alert: It does.
Deadline reports that last week, the show moved up a scheduled production hiatus so the writers could work on more scripts. FOX then decided not to bring the show back into production, leaving it with seven completed episodes.
The news of “Us & Them” having its order cut follows on the heels of the network ordering additional scripts for “Dads.” Deadline notes the network was concerned the rom-com tone of “Us & Them” might not fit in with the likes of “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (though it probably could have paired fairly easily with something like “New Girl”).
FOX also has an unusually large roster of series for winter and spring as part of its commitment to year-round scheduling. Three other comedies — “Enlisted,” “Surviving Jack” and the recently picked up “Mulaney” — are due to premiere in 2014, along with “American Idol,” “The Following” and new drama “Rake.”