4:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TBS' 'Sullivan & Son' Canceled
TBS is clearing the decks for its new comedies.
The Turner-owned network has canceled comedy Sullivan & Son after a three-season run, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Created by Steve Byrne and showrunner Rob Long, the comedy was a Cheers-like series that centers on a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. Byrne and Dan Lauria starred. Season three averaged 1.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating in the key adults-under-50 demographic — off more than 20 percent in both metrics year-over-year.
The news comes months after TBS canceled comedy Men at Work after three seasons. Both Men and Sullivan helped to launch TBS into the original-scripted landscape. The network added ABC's Cougar Town, and, more recently, American Dad to its roster, as well as Bill Lawrence's Ground Floor. The latter has already been renewed for a second season on the network, where it will be joined by upcoming comedies including Steve Carell's Tribeca, Greg Malins' Your Family or Mine and David Kohan and Max Mutchnick's Buzzy's.
TBS' overhaul comes as former Fox topper Kevin Reilly is looking to make his mark on the Turner networks with noiser fare to cut through the increasingly competitive scripted landscape. On the drama side, TNT recently axed Dallas, Franklin & Bash and Perception after multiple-season runs.