'Impastor' Canceled After Two Seasons at TV Land

Impastor Cast TV Land - H 2014
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Impastor Cast TV Land - H 2014

TV Land is parting ways with Impastor

The single-camera comedy starring Michael Rosenbaum has been canceled after two seasons on the Viacom-owned cable network. 

“We want to thank the incredibly talented cast, producers and crew of Impastor for their hard work over the past two exciting seasons,” TV Land development and production president Keith Cox said Tuesday in a statement.  

Noted Rosenbaum: "We loved our little show and I know many of you really enjoyed it. It was a good run and I'm grateful to have worked with an amazing group of people. I feel very blessed. Again, thanks for all the support. I hope to bother you by promoting my next projects as they come along. Much love to everyone and happy holidays."

Impastor centered on a low-life (Rosenbaum) who hides out in a small town by conning the residents into thinking he's their newly hired gay pastor. The comedy, the second of TV Land's single-camera fare to be axed, hailed from Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Robert Greenberg and Chris Vane, who created the series and served as showrunner. Star Rosenbaum also executive produced. 
Impastor cemented TV Land's rebranding from traditional multicamera fare (like Hot in Cleveland) into more younger-skewing single-camera fare. The push started with Sutton Foster's Younger — which ranks as TV Land's longest-running scripted original — and was solidified with Impastor
"Impastor came to us as a spec script. It's bold, and I hadn't seen it. It was our highest-testing pilot we've ever had here at TV Land — ever," Cox told The Hollywood Reporter in an Executive Suite interview earlier this year.

The decision to cancel Impastor comes as TV Land recently picked up John Wells' American Woman to series. The comedy, starring Alicia Silverstone, joins upcoming rookies including Nobodies and Throwing Shade on the schedule for 2017. They join a slate that also incudes the sophomore returns of Teachers and Lopez. On the pilot side, TV Land still has Heathers in consideration after passing on its reboot of First Wives Club. Impastor joins The Jim Gaffigan Show as the only single-camera comedies to be canceled following TV Land's reboot.

TV Land currently airs originals one night a week but, to hear Cox tell it, does not yet have enough content to expand to a second night, though it is something the network often discusses internally. 
"We want to keep updating the network, so if we have enough we could possibly go to a second night. We have a budget, but if we get a game-changer pitch we can't pass up, we go and figure out the rest later. The question for us is, with all our shows in season two, will they all make it?" Cox told THR, alluding to a possible Impastor cancelation. "Some might not, and we might have a slot there. If we have an abundance of riches, then you find another night. I don't know the night yet, but it's probably not Sunday."
TV Land also recently eyed a push into drama and was among the networks who were bidding for Marti Noxon's Dietland adaptation.