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FOX puts out hit on ‘The Mob Doctor’

FOX’s drama “The Mob Doctor” will be swimming with the fishes come January.

The series, that has struggled in the ratings since it debuted in September, will end with the last four episodes being burned off by Jan. 7. This opens the time slot for the new Kevin Back thriller “Touch.”

The end of “Mob Doctor” isn’t technically a cancellation. FOX entered 13 episodes of the medical.crime drama and will broadcast all of them. But, no new episodes are being ordered. That’s a bit like saying someone isn’t dead but they have stopped breathing and no more days of life have been ordered.

Although the series wasn’t the right fit for star Jordana Spiro, the actress should get another series soon. She’s very talented especially when it comes to comedy. Check out episodes of her former series “My Boys” for proof.

The end of “The Mob Doctor” is the sixth new show to get the ax following ABC’s cancelation of “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” NBC’s booting of “Animal Practice” and the CBS ousting of “Partners” and “Made in Jersey.” A total of 21 new shows launched on the 2012-2013 schedules for the four networks.

The next to go should be ABC’s “The Neighbors.”