In an unsurprising move, NBC has cancelled the ratings-challenged The Paul Reiser Show after just two very pathetic airings on Thursday night. It debuted to a paltry 3.4 million and 1.1 demo and then dropped in Week 2 to 2.4 million and a 0.9 demo. The semi-autobiographical sitcom was also a flop with critics and the first two episodes were very unfunny despite Reiser's past success on NBC with the great Mad About You. I said it when I reviewed this show - but he needs to be in a more traditional sitcom, that's where his brand of humor fits. Repeats of The Office will fill the space for the rest of the season, which is just a few weeks. The Paul Reiser Show is the third freshman show to get yanked after just two airings - joining FOX's Lone Star and ABC's My Generation.
Reiser joins fellow official NBC cancellations Outlaw and Undercovers as well as the ending Friday Night Lights. Other shows that have not been officially cancelled but stand absolutely no chance of coming back next season are Chase, The Cape, Perfect Couples, and School Pride. Shows that have next to no chance of coming back but are still airing include The Event, America's Next Great Restaurant, and Outsourced. On the bubble are Chuck and Law & Order: LA while Parenthood, Harry's Law, and Law & Order: SVU are likely or certain to join the already-renewed The Biggest Loser, 30 Rock, Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Sing Off, and Who Do You Think You Are? next year.