Fox’s The Mob Doctor entered the fall season with a terrible prognosis, and most professional health experts for television programs, myself included, gave it only a few weeks to live. But the little guy soldiered on and defied everyone’s expectations despite terrible vital signs of sub-1.0 ratings in the adult demo. Death was inevitable, though, and I’m here to report that The Mob Doctor has contracted an irreversible and terminal case of Cancelitis.
Fox has canceled The Mob Doctor, about a doctor (Jordana Spiro) who works for the mob, eight episodes into its freshman run, according to EW.com. After next week’s episode, the final four installments will be left for dead on December 29 and 31 and January 5 and 7. I did have big New Year’s Eve plans and was gonna watch the ball drop from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, but I guess I have to stay home and watch The Mob Doctor instead (which I’d rather do anyway).
Official word from Frox is that the show isn’t canceled, which is technically correct because the network is simply opting to not order more episodes beyond the original 13, but we laymen can use the C-word. The Mob Doctor‘s vacated Monday 9pm slot will be filled with various holiday specials, Raising Hope, and other things that are way better than The Mob Doctor.
Silver lining to all this? Zeljko Ivanek is now free to appear on some good shows.
Fox is tweaking Touch‘s return date as well as scheduling the apparent series finale of The Mob Doctor.
Touch — which was originally set to launch Season 2 in late fall, and then was moved to Feb. 1 — will now return Feb. 8 with a two-hour premiere.
Also, the network has confirmed that final salvo of The Mob Doctor‘s 13- (and likely only 13-) episode freshman run will air Saturday, Dec. 29, Monday, Dec. 31, Saturday, Jan. 5 and Monday, Jan. 7 — all at 9/8c.
Officially, a Fox rep says no decision has been made about a second season for Mob Doc — but the writing is on the wall. After starting out soft and only getting softer, the freshman drama’s ratings have ticked up the past several weeks, though its total audience still barely broaches 4 million, while the demo rating hovers just above a 1.0.
Michael Madsen has booked a two-episode arc on Fox’s The Mob Doctor, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Madsen will play Russell King, a veteran criminal whose crimes require a certain flair and professional expertise. On the night of a big job, King has a flare-up of back pain and discovers he requires immediate surgery. We’re guessing The Mob Doctor herself, Jordana Spiro’s Grace Devlin, will be called on to help.
Madsen’s character will first appear on this season’s ninth episode.
In other Mob Doctor casting news, Jennifer Beals will also join the cast for “at least three episodes” beginning in late November. The former L Word star will play Celeste LaPree, a former call girl-turned-high-class madam who used to date Constantine Alexander (William Forsythe) before he went to prison. Celeste is now married to a mafia boss who runs Chicago’s North Side, but, according to creator, Josh Berman, she may be more than meets the eye.
“We wrote the role of Celeste LaPree specifically with [Beals] in mind,” Berman said. “She’s gorgeous, empowered and strong. … In a world of organized crime, dominated by men, Celeste LaPree has made a name for herself. Unbeknownst to those around her, she has a secret agenda that may change the face of organized crime in Chicago.”
The Mob Doctor returns on Monday, Nov. 5 at 9/8c on Fox.