Fox Slashes ‘Dads’ Back Episode Order From 9 to 6

The network says with incoming midseason comedies, there is simply no room for a full 22

Fox dropped its back-nine order for Tuesday night comedy “Dads” to a back-six, essentially making Season 1 a 19-episode run instead of full 22.

The network explained that it has other comedies launching midseason and simply does not have room on the schedule to fulfill its original intention.

Fox had ordered 13 episodes of the Seth Green/Giovanni Ribisi comedy, later expanding to a full 22-episode season.

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But “Dads” has not done well in the ratings in its initial year, struggling to find an audience at 8 p.m. There was also controversy before the show even debuted, with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans demanding Fox reshoot scenes in the pilot that it felt were degrading. The network did not comply with the request.

“Dads,” about two 30-something best friends who’s lives are turned upsidedown when their fathers move in with them, is executive produced by Fox favorite Seth MacFarlane.