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Friday, May 8, 2015

CANCELLATION ALERT: Marry Me, About a Boy, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, Constantine

NBC handed down cancellations to five series today: comedies Marry Me, About a Boy, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, and Constantine.

Marry Me and About a Boy were the Tuesday comedies for the fall and early winter before being pulled. Despite a positive season one for About a Boy in spring 2014 and a big promotional push for Marry Me, the shows could barely complete with The Voice as a lead-in. Then they completely bombed when they didn't have The Voice as a lead-in. One Big Happy was even less of a player when it premiered in March for a six episode run. It really flamed out for its season finale which ruined any remaining chance it may have had. All three shows got down to a 0.8 demo or even lower.

State of Affairs was given the coveted post-Voice slot, but it wasn't given it until November when The Voice was nearly at the end of its edition (and its never as strong then). NBC did this to give The Blacklist a couple weeks in the fall with its favorite lead-in. That in itself was not a show of faith. It was already going badly and got even worse when The Voice ended. Constantine had a small but loyal following on Friday night. But NBC spent more money on giving Grimm a companion and it didn't do any better than previous occupants so it got the ax.

Missing from the cancellation list are bubble shows like The Mysteries of Laura, Undateable, and The Night Shift. Hard to know if that's a good sign or not but it's looking pretty positive for Undateable, which may do all live episodes next season.

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