"The Loop" doesn't even have a spring premiere date yet, but FOX is already putting the series on notice.
According to the industry trade papers, FOX has trimmed the order for the midseason comedy by three episodes, from 13 to 10.
Although "The Loop" premiered last spring to fairly weak ratings, FOX was encouraged by the show's retention of its "American Idol" audience (at least compared to "Life on a Stick," apparently) and hoped to retool the comedy for its second season, concentrating more on the workplace adventures of the junior airline exec played Bret Harrison.
At the network's upfront presentation this spring, FOX announced that "The Loop" would air on Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. after the "American Idol" results shows shrink to a half-hour.
Since the show hasn't had a chance to find a new viewership this year, the episode cut is believed to be the result of FOX's already stuffed spring premiere schedule. While almost all of the network's fall offerings have flopped, FOX has a slew of new shows hoping to benefit from the network's inevitable "American Idol"-fueled spring resurgence.
On the drama front, FOX has "Drive" and an untitled wedding series from David E. Kelley on tap. In addition, the comedy "The Winner" is in production, though that series only has a six-episode initial order.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times