Fox has cancelled midseason animated comedy series Murder Police, according to a report by Deadline.
Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly reportedly made the decision after reading scripts and watching footage of upcoming episodes, but the move comes before even a single episode was completed. Producer 20th Century Fox TV is planning to continue fulfilling the 13-episode order and shop the series elsewhere.
There has been only one addition to Fox’s “Animation Domination” Sunday block that has stuck since Reilly joined the network in 2007 -- the critical favorite, Bob’s Burgers, which was recently renewed for a fifth season.
Murder Police was Fox’s first animated series order in more than two years -- since the 2010 pickups of Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite, which only aired for seven and six episodes, respectively.
With the stealth cancellation of The Cleveland Show, the upcoming move of American Dad! to TBS and the demise of Murder Police, there will be only three returning shows next season in Fox’s Sunday animated block that runs for as many as three hours.
Murder Police, created by David A. Goodman and Jason Ruiz, follows a dedicated but inept detective and his colleagues -- some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy -- in a twisted city precinct. The voice cast includes Ruiz, Jane Lynch, Wilmer Valderrama, Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio, and Justina Machado. Bento Box Animation is producing.