1:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Andrew Dice Clay Comedy Canceled at Showtime After Two Seasons (Exclusive)
Showtime is parting ways with scripted comedy Dice.
The premium cable network has opted to cancel the Andrew Dice Clay semi-autobiographical show after two seasons. The series, from creator Scot Armstrong, wrapped its seven-episode second season in October.
The comedy's six-episode freshman season was Showtime's lowest-rated series in 2016, averaging 191,000 total viewers after having the entire season released in advance on SVOD platforms. Season two was down considerably from its rookie run, averaging 146,000 total viewers.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Dice followed the comedian as he worked in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. Armstrong and Clay executive produced the single-camera comedy alongside Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard and Bruce Rubenstein.
Showtime's decision to cancel Dice comes hours after the pay cabler renewed drama The Chi for a second season on Tuesday. The network's scripted comedy roster includes half-hours SMILF (recently renewed for a second season) and the upcoming Jim Carrey starrer Kidding, from Michel Gondry, plus animated entry Our Cartoon President. Showtime last year bid farewell to veteran Episodes and canceled White Famous after one season.