By Tony Maglio
Fox reduced its back order for the Tuesday night comedy “Dads” to just six from a previous nine episodes.
The move means the show’s first season will have 19 episodes, instead of the usual 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.
Seth MacFarlane is the executive producer of “Dads,” about two 30-something best friends whose lives are turned upside down when their fathers move in with them.