Fox Pulls The Plug On Octavia Spencer’s ‘Red Band Society’

Published: Sunday 30th Nov 2014 by David


Steven Spielberg‘s hospital drama ‘Red Band Society‘ is to come to an end this year, booted from Fox‘s favour despite pulling in 4.1o million viewers in its opening episode.

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Led by ‘Paradise‘ actress Octavia Spencer, the series will wrap production in mid-December after Fox decided not to ask for any more than the 13 episodes it ordered from its producers.

Quite interestingly, December 3rd will see the show unveil what is believed to be its last ever episode despite being its 10th, seeing fans left to wait and see if its remaining three episodes will ever see the light of day.

‘Deadline’ adds:

Red Band Society has become the latest softly rated new series this fall to be allowed to complete its 13-episode pickup with no back order. NBC did it with comedies Bad Judge and A To Z and drama Constantine, all of which also were left on the air to finish their 13-episode freshman runs in their original slots.

In the cases of Bad Judgeand A to Z, the network closed the door on a second season to make for a dignified cancellation, while leaving the renewal option very much open for Constantine. Red Band Society falls in between, though it appears closer to the NBC comedies, with its chance of coming back considered very slim.

In addition to the low ratings, the drama has had some production issues. At Fox, Red Band Society joins freshman comedyMulaney, which saw its order trimmed with little chance of Season 2. The only new Fox series this fall to get a back order was breakout drama Gotham, which has a full-season, 22-episode pickup.

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  1. You Stupid November 30, 2014

    I could never get into this show… I tried bc of Octavia Spencer, and would even put my TV on the channel and not watch the show, just to give it ratings… Definitely not surprising though. Who wants to see a show about sick kids constantly? That’s depressing…

    • Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) November 30, 2014

      I agree with you 100%!

  2. NYC November 30, 2014

    I love the show but the time slot was terrible I always forgot it was on and would catch it says later.

  3. Bella3 November 30, 2014

    I love this show so much & I’m so mad there doing this. But the time slot really did hurt the ratings like @NYC said. And they should have did the promo alot better like going all out with youtube videos about each person & online poster about each person & getting someone like Justin Bieber to guest star in one Episode given that the subject matter is a bit different, but in a good way. Lol I work way to much to watch it on real time so I mostly see it on OnDemand but lots of teens would have watched this.

  4. Musika November 30, 2014

    I still remember seeing her on Ugly Betty. She’s definitely come along way since winning that Oscar. Hope she gets another show to star in the future. Looking forward to hearing more from her.

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