'Malcolm' star fights to save new show
Justin Berfield. (WENN.COM)
Former Malcolm in the Middle star Justin Berfield has launched a new campaign to save his new TV comedy Sons Of Tucson amid Internet reports suggesting bosses at Fox are planning to scrap the series.
The former child star-turned-producer created the show for executives at his old network after they asked him to come up with a live action comedy, but the show has failed to take off in America and now Fox chiefs are ready to cancel it.
A spokesman for the show tells WENN, "Fox bought Sons of Tucson in the hope of resurrecting the genre for the network and hoped to eventually build out a live action comedy block night. They looked to Justin and the Malcolm creative team to do just this.
"They bought the show to put on at 8:30 p.m. and despite initial audience testing results reporting against it, the network top brass decided to put Sons of Tucson on much later at 9:30 p.m., which draws a much different, less family audience. How does a family show do during a non-family hour? Well... not good.
"The good news is the show has been critically acclaimed and has been hailed as the funniest comedy on Fox since Malcolm in the Middle and Arrested Development. So why does Fox get scared and pull a show before it has time to gain an audience?"
And Berfield, himself, has taken to his Twitter.com blog in a desperate attempt to save his show, writing, "The sons of tucson needs time to grow."
The actor/producer has even offered to donate half of his producer fee if Fox picks up a second season of the show, and stick with it to allow Sons of Tucson to build up a fanbase.