Fox won't even air Sit Down, Shut Up's finale
by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 9:03AM
Fox must be really disappointed in this show. Not only is it incredibly unlikely to get a renewal beyond this horrible first season, but now Fox won't even air Sit Down, Shut Up's finale this weekend. Instead, they're going with a rerun of already canceled King of the Hill. While Fox is notorious for yanking a show before it gets a chance to find its audience, I think it's safe to say that Sit Down, Shut Up had found about as much audience as it was going to.
In four short episodes, it managed to undo all the work that Fox had done in the past two decades proving that quality animation could be made for prime time. I don't know why the formula didn't work, but I think Mitchell Hurwitz would have been better off trying it live action, like the Australian original.
I think the animation style was a bit too out there for traditional America. Think of the cartoons that have succeeded in prime time: The Flintstones/The Jetsons, The Simpsons/Futurama, King of the Hill and Family Guy/American Dad. They all had a uniform look for their humans, and they weren't too proportionally out of the "normal" range. It made it easier for the general public, including non-animation fans, to embrace the animated realities.
Sit Down looked more like a Nickelodeon cartoon, with far more abstract character designs and those weird real backgrounds. Children are more able to accept such a distorted reality than I suspect Jane and Joe Couch Potato are. Plus, the character personalities were far more extreme, as well. Rather than being well-rounded, like real people, these were caricatures -- again, more like a typical children's cartoon. It's a shame, because we're seriously lacking in a good school-based comedy.