"Method & Red," (search) a summer comedy that had been expected to be back this fall appears to be over.
"The show is done. It's on the long hiatus," rapper Method Man, one of the show's stars, told The New York Post Wednesday.
Fox has picked up only three episodes of the six that were filmed over the summer. Initially it was believed that the network wanted an additional nine for this fall.
"They're like: 'don't call us, we'll call you,' " Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, says. "It's not done-done. It was not canceled, but they're putting it on a long hiatus."
Among industry insiders that's TV talk for likely to get axed because no network ever uses the word canceled anymore due to contractual obligations.
Taping on the show was halted last month for what network execs said was a "planned hiatus." At the time, sources said that it was likely that most of the show's writers would be let go and the series would be revamped.
A spokesman for the producers said it's "not canceled — but we and the network are gauging how well the new epsiodes are performing and that'll determine the future of the show."
In ratings terms, "Method & Red" — about two superstar rappers who move into an exclusive, white California community — had a strong following among young viewers, most teenagers and young 20s.
But it never attracted the mass audience needed to support a network comedy.
Method Man suggests that he never liked the way the show turned out.
"The way they formatted the show and what they wanted to do with it — I give Fox credit for trying to please us as well as their audience but it just didn't work out right."
I think it's for the better that we take this long hiatus so everybody can re-evaluate what they want to do."
Fox needs to figure out, "If they really want to spend this money and keep doing those shows that aren't pulling in the ratings they want and the same with us, if we want to keep doing that type of comedy — that's not my brand of comedy," he says.