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Fox Mortally Wounds Amsterdam

Well it looks as though John Amsterdam isn’t quite as immortal as he seemed. Fox has announced that it is canceling the low-rated drama New Amsterdam. The story of John Amsterdam, a brilliant New York City homicide detective who happened to be immortal (he was a 400-year-old man in the body of a 35-year-old) never really caught on with audiences.

On the comedy front, Fox has also announced that Back to You will not be returning. Back to You’s demise must be a blow to the network, which had high hopes for the series when it premiered in the fall. The sitcom stars comedy powerhouses Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as ex-lovers and co-anchors at a local news station. However, ‘Til Death, which stars Heaton’s Everybody Loves Raymond co-star, Brad Garrett, will be coming back. Although Back to You got decent ratings, having both Heaton and Grammer is said to have driven production costs too high.

I can’t say that I’m sad to see either of these shows go. I never watched New Amsterdam, mainly because it seemed like a rip-off of a book I read called Forever by Pete Hamill. I saw the pilot for Back to You, and while as a former local news employee, I enjoyed the dynamics of their news station, the show didn’t really do anything for me as a whole. But then again, I wasn’t a fan of either Frasier or Everybody Loves Raymond, so I’m probably not the target audience.

What do you think? Was New Amsterdam better than I’m giving it credit for? Is it a travesty that Back to You was axed while ‘Til Death was spared? Let me know in the comments.