‘Bless the Harts’ Canceled by Fox after Two Seasons

by Jennifer Shea

Fox has canceled “Bless the Harts” after the animated comedy for adults spent two seasons on the network.

The series is a co-production of Disney’s 20th Television and Fox Entertainment. Created by Emily Spivey, it follows a family of Southerners who are trying to live the American dream, per IMDb. The protagonist is a single mother waiting tables to support her family, her mother and her teenage daughter. She gets help from her longtime boyfriend. Also making frequent appearances is the character of Jesus, who appears to the waitress as she is toiling at her restaurant, The Last Supper.

The show’s cast features actors Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani. It will end its final season this May.

 Unfortunately, “Bless the Harts” has struggled in its most recent season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s part of Fox’s Sunday night lineup. And its most recent new episode brought in 56,000 total same-day viewers, a new low for the series.

‘Bless the Harts’ Canceled as Fox Begins Animation Push

While it’s true that animated comedies usually take longer to produce, Fox has been gradually adding to its animated slate. The network is also looking toward full ownership of all its programming, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Fox’s current lineup includes the Disney-owned “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Fox owns “The Great North,” “Housebroken” and a Dan Harmon series launching in 2022.

Moreover, Fox bought the animation studio Bento Box, which is behind “Bob’s Burgers,” as a way of owning its animated fare. Animated shows can sometimes yield highly profitable merchandising lines and become cash cows for the networks that own them.

Fox has renewed “Bob’s Burgers,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North” and “The Simpsons” for the 2021-22 broadcast season. That will make Seasons 33 and 34 for “The Simpsons,” which is now the longest-running animated TV show on the air.