'Justice' for none: Fox yanks drama
Fox has pulled the freshman drama "Justice" from its schedule after it failed to find an audience on two different nights.
Although it's production by hitmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, "Justice" was already living on borrowed time, as its Monday 9 p.m. EST timeslot was earmarked for "24" beginning in mid-January. But even that time appears to have run out, with Fox scheduling repeats of "House" for the time slot at least through the end of the November sweeps period.
Nobody is calling the show "canceled," per se, but according to media reports, "Justice" will finish production on its first 13 episodes, but barring a dramatic change of plans, no back nine will be ordered and it's unclear when or if the remaining episodes will air.
Pre-playoff baseball, "Justice" aired on Wednesday nights at nine and similarly struggled to find traction.
In other Fox scheduling news, the experimental two-night event for "The O.C." appears not to have led to a day change. After "The O.C." showed only moderate improvement in its Wednesday 9 p.m. airing (and similar numbers in the Thursday 9 p.m. graveyard) Fox seems to be keeping the fourth-year soap on Thursdays. For the week to come, at least, Wednesday will be dedicated to a new episode of "Bones" followed by a "Bones" repeat.
"American Idol" and "24" can't get here soon enough.