1:43pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg
NBC Cancels 'State of Affairs,' 'About a Boy,' 'Marry Me,' 'One Big Happy,' 'Constantine'
State of Affairs, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy and About a Boy will not live to see another season.
NBC has canceled all four freshman series and the sophomore comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The news follows a disastarous 2014-15 freshman class at the network, with the network's rookie class expected to produce few, if any, returning series.
State of Affairs, the much-hyped TV return of Grey's Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl from Universal Television was described as Scandal meets The West Wing. Co-starring Alfre Woodard as the president, the series underwent a showrunner change ahead of its premiere. With a massive marketing push, the drama opened to 8.6 million total viewers and was a modest performer when factoring in seven days of DVR. The drama ended its run with little fanfare, 4.5 million total viewers — and a cliffhanger.
From Warner Bros. Television, Constantine completed its 13-episode run in February very quietly. The DC Comics adaptation of Hellblazer starring Matt Ryan concluded with 3 million total viewers and was paired with veteran Grimm, as NBC continues to try to find a good companion for the genre show. Despite rumors of the David Goyer drama moving to corporate sibling Syfy, the VFX-heavy series appears doomed to join Friday predecessors including Dracula and Crossbones in the canceled heap, marking a rare miss for DC. Warner Bros. is expected to shop the series elsewhere. NBC has already picked up four new dramas for next season, but the cancellation of Constantine makes it the only broadcast network without a comic book property.
Marry Me, David Caspe's follow-up to Happy Endings, enjoyed a solid premiere in October. Despite a solid lead-in from The Voice, Caspe's semi-autobiographical comedy ended up failing to make an impact on Tuesdays. The Casey Wilson comedy averaged a 1.5 rating in the demo. After upping the Sony Pictures Television series' first-year order to 18 episodes in November, NBC then pulled the show off the schedule in February in favor of a multicamera block, leaving four episodes that have yet to air.
From executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and showrunner Liz Feldman (and based on the latter's life), One Big Happy was part of NBC's midseason multicamera push. The Warner Bros. Television lesbian-themed family comedy, which opened to lackluster reviews, finished its short six-episode run in late April with 3 million total viewers, losing nearly half the audience from its premiere. This marks the second LGBT-themed family comedy to go one and done at NBC. It follows Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler's The New Normal as Bob Greenblatt continues to make LGBT fare a priority for the network.
About a Boy, the second-year Jason Katims comedy, based on the Nick Hornby novel, was one of only two scripted half-hours to return to NBC's lineup this season. With the other, Parks and Recreation, having already completed its run, the cancellation for the single-camera comedy from Universal Television and starring David Walton and Minnie Driver, the network is facing a wholesale comedy rebranding next fall. While a critical darling, the Katims drama was never a ratings hit and was recently pulled from the schedule in favor of a multicamera block. About a Boy's demise will mean Parenthood creator Katims will go from two shows on the network — and broadcast — to zero next fall, though he is executive producing a straight-to-series drama for Hulu. Driver, meanwhile, already booked CBS comedy pilot Happy Life in second position.
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