The ax of rejection began to swing earlier this year: Fox canceled the freshman dramas Filthy Rich and NEXT just a few weeks after their respective fall debuts. Our sister site Variety was the first to report the news, adding that “rising production costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic played an important role in the decision.”
Both series will air all remaining episodes.
Filthy Rich played Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) as the mother of an ultra-wealthy family of evangelists who are thrown for a loop when the Patriarch, played by Gerald McRaney, dies in a plane crash – and several of his illegitimate children come out of the woodwork . The primetime soap debuted in September with 2.9 million viewers and a demo rating of 0.4, which fell to 2.1 million viewers and 0.3 in Week 2. So far, five episodes have been broadcast.
NEXT played John Slattery (Mad Men) as a shamed tech pioneer whose AI creation is running amok and threatening to destroy society as we know it. Fernanda Andrade (NCIS: Los Angeles) starred as homeland security’s cybercrime agent, with Michael Mosely (Castle) and Eve Harlow (The 100) leading the supporting cast. It premiered earlier this month to 1.8 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating. So far, only two episodes have been broadcast.
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the news. Will you miss Filthy Rich and / or NEXT? Drop your thoughts on the (quick!) Cancellations in the comments below.