FOX’s new comedy Do Not Disturb starring Jerry O’Connell would appear to be the first victim of the US Fall Season yanked off air after its third episode and replaced with ‘Til Death (the same show Nine is bringing back next week).
A network spokesman insists the show isn’t officially cancelled, but in the US where shows are never moved around like Aussie programming, such treatment is seen as the death knell.
The Reveille produced comedy centres around the going-ons at a once-popular New York City hotel as seen through the eyes of its employees, with a pilot directed by actor Jason Bateman (Arrested Development). FOX didn’t help things by airing the second episode instead of the pilot, missing crucial set-ups.
Writer Michael Ausiello said, “in a last ditch effort, the show’s production team recently sent a letter to a group of TV critics, asking that the show be given a second chance. They admitted that the premiere episode wasn’t very good and urged them to watch another.”
The series was recently announced as one of several new shows picked up by Foxtel.
UPDATED: Broadcasting&Cable confirms cancellation.