NBC's 'Working the Engels' Canceled

'Working the Engels'

Thursday, July 10 
9:30 p.m. on NBC

The Canadian comedy starring Andrea Martin revolves around a family struggling to make ends meet after their father dies and leaves them in debt.

NBC's Working the Engels will not move forward.

The Canadian family comedy, starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl, has been canceled after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The co-production through former NBC exec Marc Graboff's joint venture Halfire-CORE Entertainment marked the first sitcom collaboration between a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster. The comedy, written and created by Katie and Jane Ford, was picked up straight to series in November.

Engels launched on NBC in July to 2.7 million total viewers and has slipped in subsequent weeks. NBC on Wednesday yanked the series from its schedule, replacing it with new episodes of the already renewed Welcome to Sweden.

In Canada, Global TV canceled Working the Engels. The Shaw Media network in a statement said the "numbers were not strong enough to warrant a second season" of the Canadian sitcom. Working the Engels debuted on March 12 on Global TV, and all 12 episodes of the rookie season aired here.

Halfire-CORE launched last year as a lower-budget scripted programming venture between Graboff's Core Media and Norren Halpern's Halfire Entertainment. Both companies produced in association with Canada's Shaw Media. 

Engels was one of several original scripted series broadcast on NBC this summer as originals become more commonplace during the typically lower-rated season. Thus far, NBC has picked up drama Night ShiftBill Lawrence's Undateable and fellow import Welcome to Sweden. The jury is still out on Crossbones and Canadian acquisition Taxi Brooklyn. On the unscripted side, NBC renewed the bulk of its summer lineup, including American Ninja Warrior, America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing.