FOX pulls its 'Playing It Straight' gaydar reality series from the air
By Reality TV World staff, 03/30/2004
Three episodes into its originally scheduled six-episode run, FOX announced yesterday evening that it is pulling its Playing It Straight series from the network's broadcast schedule.
Citing the poor ratings that the program has drawn in its Fridays at 8PM ET/PT timeslot, FOX announced that the program will be pulled immediately but will return to the airwaves sometime this summer so that its viewers can learn how the program ends. Starting this Friday, the program's timeslot will be filled by episodes of Totally Outrageous Behavior and World's Craziest Videos.
Playing It Straight's Friday evening struggles should come as no surprise to observant viewers. Straight's Friday evening scheduling, on a night where the network hasn't had a hit series since The X-Files moved to Sundays in 1996, was an incredibly poor placement given the young demographic that the program was chasing (a demographic that is largely not home watching television on Friday evenings) -- a fact that we openly questioned after the program's disappointing premiere ratings but something that was apparently beyond the anticipation of the network's highly paid programmers.
Perhaps we'll find out this summer if Playing It Straight has a Mole-like resurrection capability, or if it will suffer a fate similar to UPN's Under One Roof 2002 series... which premiered in January, was pulled from the airwaves by February and returned to the airwaves in July... only to once again become cancelled within weeks of its return.