Murder Police is DBA: dead before arrival.
Fox has killed its new animated comedy before the first airing. The series, about an inept detective and his cop co-workers, was set to star Jane Lynch (Glee), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Phil Lamarr (Futurama).
The cancellation comes on the heels of other animation-related Fox news: the record-setting renewal (Season 26!) of The Simpsons, a fifth-season order for Bob’s Burgers and American Dad‘s move to TBS next season.
TVGuide.com reports that execs were displeased with early cuts of the show, but may try to shop it to cable networks.
Fox’s Animation Domination line-up airs Sundays beginning at 8/7c.
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• NBC’s The Sing-Off will return Monday, Dec. 9 at 9/8c, with a two-hour premiere. A total of seven episodes are planned, with the two-hour finale airing Dec. 23.
• Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Brandon Routh (Chuck) and Sarah Roemer (The Event) are joining the cast of Crackle’s Milo Ventimiglia-fronted action drama Chosen, per The Hollywood Reporter. Murray will play a bartender and surfer faced with an impossible and deadly choice.
• TNT has ordered a 10-episode second season of Cold Justice, to air in early 2014. Season 1 finales on Oct. 22.
• NBC has ordered an American adaptation of Andy Samberg’s BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, per EW.com. The series followed a British family surprised by their daughter’s marriage to an odd hippie (Samberg).
• Showtime has ordered a pilot for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, about a young woman who drops everything to stalk her ex, from feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and comedian Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken), our sister site Deadline reports. The potential series is a half-hour comedy with musical elements.
• CBS will air the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 at 8/7c. We assume Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) will host.
• There’s an end in sight to the brutal Twitter war: ABC has announced that Kanye West will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (Oct. 9 at 11:35/10:35c).
• Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids) will star in the single-cam comedy Black-ish for ABC. The project is produced by Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal) and centers on an upper-middle class black man struggling to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity, per Deadline.
• USA has ordered three new drama pilots: Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, centers on a disillusioned suburban ER doc whose existence is transformed when he saves a young boy marked for death; Novice, written by Hell on Wheels creators Joe and Tony Gayton, follows a recent college grad who, after failing to make it in corporate America and being forced to take back his high school job, realizes his true calling may be a life of crime; and Rush, about a party-boy, cash-only doctor whose life is stirred up by the return of an old flame and his conscience.
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