'Enlisted' drew mostly positive reviews and a die-hard following of viewers, many of them in the military, but it suffered from low ratings overall. (Fox)
Fox comedy “Enlisted” got an early discharge when the network announced recently it was axing the military sitcom even before the show’s last four episodes have run.
“I can confirm that it is not returning next season, unfortunately,” Fox spokeswoman Alexandra Gillespie tells Military Times.
The show is about a group of three misfit brothers serving together in a rear detachment unit at a small, fictional Army post in Florida. The show drew mostly positive reviews and a die-hard following of viewers, many of them in the military, but it suffered from low ratings overall.
Producers complained Nielsen ratings did not count viewers on military installations and said the show suffered from a kiss-of-death Friday night time slot.
“Well guys, we fought as hard as we could — all of us — but Enlisted isn’t going forward at Fox,” show creator Kevin Biegel wrote in a multipart posting on Twitter. “Thank you from all of us for your amazing display of support, love and for giving us a chance. This has been the most satisfying thing I’ve ever worked on, and a large part of that — hell, I’ll even say a crapton of it — was because of you. This show will continue to be shared for a long time. Good feeling.”
Amid a flurry of tweets and retweets after the announcement, Biegel wrote Fox would run the show’s final episodes eventually, writing “we’ve been told sometime soon so we’ll let you know.” However, Gillespie was unable to confirm that.
“And just so you know, we had a shot right up to the end no matter what any place says. People fought for us — That’s cool,” Biegel added in a follow-up tweet.
Meanwhile fans are storming the show’s official Facebook page begging network officials to reconsider.
“I want this show back!!! So funny. My friends hadn’t even heard of it till it was over,” posted one viewer. “Now they are as addicted as I am. You’ll have a following if you give it a better time slot & some marketing.”
Biegel offered a glimmer of hope the show might find new life somewhere else.
“#Enlisted is trending right now,” Biegel tweeted. “So if it’s possible to put a show on twitter, maybe we can do that.”