‘Rel,’ ‘The Gifted’ Canceled at Fox

Lil Rel Howery sitcom and Marvel drama will not return next season

Last Updated: April 17, 2019 @ 7:16 PM

Fox has made early decisions not to move forward with news seasons of “Rel” and “The Gifted.”

The Lil Rel Howery-led sitcom “Rel” and the Marvel drama “The Gifted,” which were in their first and second seasons, respectively, have both been canceled by the network.

The two shows become two of the first formal cancellations of the season. Both were produced by 20th Century Fox Television, which split from the network after coming under Disney ownership earlier this year.

Inspired by Howrey’s real life, the multi-camera comedy “Rel” starred the comedian as a man trying to start his life over as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago after discovering that his wife was cheating on him with his barber.

Howrey also served as writer and executive producer alongside co-creator Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz, Jerrod Charmichael and showrunner Mike Scully. Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore, and Jordan L. Jones also starred in the comedy.

“The Gifted” starred Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants who must fight to survive. Natalie Alyn Lind, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, Sean Teale, Emma Dummont, Percy Hynes White, Grace Byers and Coby Bell also starred.

Showrunner Matt Nix, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg served as executive producers on the series, alongside Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Fox has already handed out renewals to its line-up of animated comedies, as well as two of its sophomore dramas, the Ryan Murphy-produced “9-1-1” and the medical drama “The Resident,” all of which are also produced by 20th.