UPDATED: Fox just released its midseason schedule, and it does not include the network’s new fall 2020 scripted series, dramas The Big Leap and Our Kind of People. The Big Leap will end its freshman run of 11 episodes, while Our Kind Of People’s first season consists of 12 episodes.
Sources indicate that both The Big Leap, starring Scott Foley and Simone Recasner, and Our Kind of People, headlined by Yaya DaCosta, had been designed for shorter runs, which explains the lack of back orders. Fox is expected to make a decision on the series’ future in the spring.
Both The Big Leap and Our Kind of People launched to high expectations, with the ballet drama-comedy drawing parallels to Fox’s breakout hit Glee, and the soapy Our Kind of People, executive produced by Lee Daniels, evoking comparisons to the Lee-co-created Empire, which had a very successful run on the network.
Linear ratings for both The Big Leap and Our Kind of People have been soft, with the dramas ranking as Fox’s lowest-rated series this fall. The shows’ modest ratings performance is likely to hurt their long-term prospects. Still, Fox brass are said to love creatively The Big Leap, which scored a rare for a broadcast series 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and have been encouraged by Our Kind Of People‘s viewership. The series premiere of Our Kind Of People currently stands at 4.3 million multi-platform viewers after 35 days, up +162% vs. Live+Dame Day linear delivery. The Big Leap debut also more than doubled its L+SD audience in L+SD multi-platform viewing, going up to 3.3 million (+121%), with both shows possible better suited for a streaming platform.
Word is that the network is in conversations with the producers on the two series and is reviewing their Season 2 ideas.