[03/08/05 - 12:00 AM] FOX Puts 'Jonny Zero' on the Bench By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The "FOX Friday" curse lived up to its name again today, as the network has pulled its freshman drama "Jonny Zero" from its schedule effective immediately.
Back-to-back repeats of "That '70s Show" will fill the show's Friday, 9:00/8:00c slot for the next two weeks ("Time Is On My Side" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" on March 11; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" on March 18), while FOX's previously announced coverage of the "36th Annual NAACP Image Awards" will take over on March 25.
Through its eight airings this season, "Zero" has averaged a relatively invisible 3.64 million viewers, holding 81% of lead-in "The Bernie Mac Show's" audience (4.50 million) on average. Among all FOX series, only clipfest "Totally Outrageous Behavior" (3.66 million) and "The Complex: Malibu" (2.50 million) have fared worse this season for the network.
With only eight of the 13 produced episodes aired, the decision to bench the series leaves five installments on the shelf.
R. Scott Gemmill, Mimi Leder, John Wells and Llewellyn Wells are the executive producers of the series, which comes from Warner Bros. Television in association with John Wells Productions.