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Fox dumps I Wanna Marry Harry online, pulls Riot

After airing four episodes, Fox’s I Wanna Marry “Harry” has been effectively cancelled, as has the improv comedy series Riot. Both were pulled from the schedule and replaced by repeats of its comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Family Guy.

I Wanna Marry “Harry” was a pointless and bad remake of Joe Millionaire, sending women to the UK to date a Prince Harry lookalike and cleverly editing around any skepticism. The best part about it was that ratings were terrible from day one and kept getting worse: Tuesday, 1.18 million people watched Riot but only 990,000 stuck around to watch I Wanna Marry “Harry”.

The unaired episodes will be available on Hulu starting tomorrow and on demand for those who are still watching. A representative told Deadline that Fox is “currently discussing an appropriate place on our schedule for the unaired episodes,” and the best place is….

Riot, with its tilting set; executive producer Steve Carrell; and cast of celebrity guests and talented improvisers, had a lot of potential, but it was dragged down by short-form improv games that didn’t really translate their humor to television. Unlike Whose Line is it Anyway, it was, unfortunately, rarely funny.

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