Tonight, TBS kicks off the fourth season of the My Boys sitcom. Will it be back for a fifth season? Some of the actors expect it be cancelled but TBS doesn’t agree — not yet anyway.
My Boys revolves around sportswriter Penelope Jane “PJ” Franklin (Jordana Spiro) who has several close friends that are mostly guys. They include her brother Andy (Jim Gaffigan), competing sportswriter Bobby (Kyle Howard), DJ Brendan Dorff (Reid Scott), commitment-challenged Mike (Jamie Kaler), socially inept Kenny (Michael Bunin), and Stephanie Layne (Kellee Stewart), a fellow female writer.
The show began in November 2006. It was successful enough to be renewed for seasons two, three, and four but TBS only ordered nine installments each time. Anticipating a cancellation this time around, several in the cast have found other work, or at least they’ve tried to.
Co-star Jim Gaffigan has already left the show and won’t be in the nine episodes of season four. He’s reportedly spending more time on his stand-up career. Tonight’s season opener explains that Andy’s job has sent him to China and PJ has a hard time replacing him in the weekly poker game.
After filming season four, both Spiro and Howard signed on for new NBC series. Spiro secured a role in Love Bites and Howard landed one of the lead roles in Perfect Couples. Unfortunately, both had to later bow out. Though it seems very likely that My Boys is finished, TBS is unwilling to say that yet and is holding the actors to their contracts.
As a result, NBC felt they had to replace Spiro and Howard in their projects. If, as expected, TBS does cancel My Boys, they’ll have lost two jobs.
Scott is a little luckier. He was hired for a recurring role on a new dark comedy series for Showtime, The Big C. Scott is still under contract to My Boys but, because of The Big C’s production schedule and his role is a recurring one, he’ll be available in the unlikely event TBS wants season five of My Boys.
What do you think? Would you like to see a fifth season of My Boys or is it time for the show to be cancelled? How would you like the TV series to end?
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