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The network has struggled to find a breakout comedy this season, cancelling nearly all of their freshman entries. Rookies 1600 Penn and Guys With Kids were dropped Thursday, joining the previously axed Animal Practice and Next Caller, the latter of which was dropped before it even premiered. The fate of rookie The New Normal, from Ryan Murphy, remains to be determined. As the network continues to rebuild its comedy brand with The Office and 30 Rock bidding farewell this season, second-year half-hours Whitney and Up All Night were also canceled this week. Meanwhile, NBC continues to add new comedies including The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Undateable and The Family Guide, which just lost co-star Parker Posey.
The Perry comedy — which reunited the actor with Friends EP Scott Silveri — will not see a second season. The series — which opened in September after an impressive preview during the Olympics — bowed with a strong 3.4 ratings in the adults 18-49 demographic and nearly 10 million total viewers. The series was among those that benefited from its The Voice lead-in, averaging a 2.0 in the demo and 5.6 million viewers in its freshman run. However, without the benefit of TV’s top singing competition, the Universal Television series struggled as part of NBC’s Tuesday night lineup, going up against Fox’s already renewed New Girl at 9 p.m. The series took advantage of its Friends pedigree and booked Perry’s former on-screen love interest Courteney Cox for a guest appearance, but it didn’t prove to be enough to continue on as NBC cleans house with its comedies.
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