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Fox’s ‘Utopia’ Canceled – TV Execs Pull the Plug on $50 Million Reality Series


Shows Cancelled 2014 – FOX ‘Utopia’ show canceled after poor ratings and difficult cast members.

Fox had high hopes for the new reality series, Utopia. The network spent $50 million to develop the TV series, which was scheduled to be a year-long TV series. Utopia was a mixture between Survivor, Big Brother and Lord of the Flies and aired every Tuesday and Friday.

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However, Fox’s Utopia was a major let down. The network canceled the TV series on Tuesday nights in early October after ratings dropped, and were only airing it on Friday nights, where the most recent episode only had 1.5 million viewers.

According to The Wrap, many people blamed the TV series on the show’s cast.

Executive producer Jon Kroll even joked on a Sept. 3 press call ahead of the show’s debut that the production team might have done too well with choosing differing points of views in its first group of pioneers as they had a hard time seeing eye-to-eye on anything in their first week in seclusion. He said that the next two cast members nominated to join the group showed some promise of creating more harmony among the cast.

Additionally, the insider said that executives were disgusted with the show’s castmembers after hearing their discussion of the money to be made from doing the show.

Utopia is the latest failure for the Fox network. Recently, American Idol ratings have plummetted, New Girl and The Mindy Project are struggling on Tuesdays, and Sleepy Hollow’s audience is dwindling. Many reports say that the chances that Red Band Society gets another season are slim to none.

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Repeats of MasterChef Junior will air in its place on Friday nights (the first runs will air on Tuesdays, were the other installment of Utopia used to run).

Utopia is the fourth TV series to be canceled this season after Manhattan Love Story on ABC, and Bad Judge and A to Z on NBC.

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Megan Diane
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