5:57pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Canceled at Showtime After Two Seasons
Showtime has canceled I'm Dying Up Here after two seasons.
The Jim Carrey-produced dramedy, which centered on Los Angeles’ famed 1970s stand-up comedy scene, will not be back for a third season. Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor led the ensemble cast, which also included Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigal and Jake Lacy.
I'm Dying Up Here, which first bowed in 2017, was created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte. From Endemol Shine Studios, the series also counted Michael Aguilar, Christina Wayne, Cindy Chupack, Adam Davidson and Carrey among its executive producers. Based on the book of the same name by William Knoedelseder, the show was never a strong ratings performer. The first season averaged fewer than 150,000 viewers, making it one of the network's lowest-rated series. And despite moving behind Billions in its second season, it saw little uptick in viewership.
Both Carrey and Aguilar remain in business with Showtime, as the pair are behind Carrey's starring vehicle Kidding. The series, which premiered Sept. 9, features the comedian as a children’s TV show host struggling with serious family issues. The Hollywood Reporter chief television critic Tim Goodman called it "funny, wildly inventive and utterly sad" in his review.