Say adieu to “Do Not Disturb,” Fox’s Jerry-O’Connell-starring sitcom. If The Gospel According to Michael Ausiello can be trusted, then the series has already bitten the dust, thereby making it the first casualty of the 2008 fall season…and the least surprising.

Still, you have to give the show’s producers credit for having tried to amuse the critics, sending out a missive that was, ironically, funnier than the series itself.

According to a piece on Variety.com, certain TV writers received a letter from the producers, saying, “We here at ‘Do Not Disturb’ agree that by airing the ‘Work Sex’ episode — before airing the actual pilot — we created much confusion and we deserve all the criticism, the bad puns (i.e. ‘an early checkout from the fall season,’ ‘Do Not Make in the First Place,’ etc.) and, yes, even the accusation that it very well could be the final nail in the multicamera sitcom’s coffin.” Attached to the letter was a DVD which contained an ostensibly funnier episode of the show.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the critics who received the letter / DVD combo…which is a shame, as I’m skeptical that such a thing as a consistently-funny episode of “Do Not Disturb” exists, and I would’ve liked to have been proven wrong.