[10/28/03 - 12:00 AM] FOX's 'Luis' First to Get the Axe By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)
CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX has made the first official cancellation of the 2003-04 season, as the network has given a pink slip to its freshman comedy "Luis" after four airings.
FOX plans to fill the show's Friday, 8:30/7:30c time slot with extra episodes of "Wanda at Large" this week and next, after which previously announced theatricals "The Animal" (November 14), "Dude, Where's My Car?" (November 21) and "Big Daddy" (November 28) will take over the night.
A total of 10 episodes have been produced of the comedy, leaving six installments on the shelf. Production was shut down yesterday on the 20th Century Fox Television-produced series when work was set to begin on its 11th episode.
The death of "Luis" didn't come as much of a surprise. The show's 3.6 million viewer average ranked well below the numbers of last year's Friday entries "Firefly" (5.2 million) and "John Doe" (7.5 million) after four broadcasts.
While "Luis" is the first new show to formally be canceled, fellow freshmen "The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H." on CBS, "The Mullets" on UPN and "Coupling" on NBC were all placed on hiatus in the past week or so and technically remain alive for the time being.