11 Network Television Comedies Just Got the Ax Including The Muppets, The Grinder, and Telenovela (Updated)
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Many of these shows were in their first season.
Over the last day, the following shows got the ax:
The Muppets (ABC)
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (Fox)
The Grinder (Fox)
Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
Of those, Castle, Undateable, Mysteries of Laura, and Galavant were the only shows listed above that lasted past their freshman season. It’s yet another TV season where we won’t get to see if many network freshman comedies would have ever figured out their formula or not. ABC and Fox especially lowered the ax over the last day, which makes you wonder if the big broadcast network’s will ever stop ordering a bunch of shows only to end up cancelling them.
This definitely looks really good for cable networks and streaming services that seem to be doing fine with their freshman series like TruTV and Amazon.
ABC To Skew New “Muppets” Towards Grown-Ups
Looks like No, You Shut Up! won’t be the only TV show with puppets intended for older audiences on the block anymore.
ABC is reviving The Muppets, but are giving the franchise a 21st century makeover that will act more like a single camera mockumentary (hopefully appealing to more adults) than the previous versions of the show. This new Muppets will also delve deeper into the lives of The Muppets beyond what Kermit and Ms. Piggy have going on.
We’re not sure how far they’ll go with this “adult” idea, but it’s not completely off base as shown by series like Adventure Time that appeal to a wide range of ages.