Fox Cancels Us & Them Before Airing a Single Episode

The romantic sitcom had been slated to launch this summer

That's a wrap for Us & Them, a remake of popular British sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

A Fox spokesperson confirmed that the show had been canceled for some time, though Vulture broke the news of its total absence from the airwaves earlier. (It was widely known that the show's already-skimpy 13-episode order was being downgraded to six.) The disclosure that the network won't even air the completed episodes of the show is surprising, given that the series previously had been slated to launch this summer.

In the wake of Fox chief Kevin Reilly's departure, there are plenty of questions about the slate that the executive had backed before leaving. Fox is writing upfront deals but ad buyers have described the process as more difficult than if Reilly were still in charge.

Gavin & Stacey had managed to wrangle some good advance notices from critics for its likable leads—Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel—and goofy supporting cast. So, in that context, the cancellation is surprising. But now there's a prefab comedy out there from Sony just waiting for somebody to pick it up.

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