The Sarah Silverman Program: TV Show Cancelled; No Season Four

The Sarah Silverman Program canceledTo little surprise, Comedy Central has cancelled The Sarah Silverman Program after three seasons on the air.

The Sarah Silverman Program revolves around a fictionalized version of comic Sarah Silverman. Unemployed and immature, she depends on her sister Laura (Laura Silverman) to take care of her. Their friends include a pair of gay neighbors (Brian Posehn and Steve Agee) and dim-witted Officer Jay McPherson (Jay Johnston). Recurring characters have been played by Rob Schrab, Tig Notaro, Eddie Pepitone, Justin Roiland, Mike Ivy, Murray Gershenz, Armen Weitzman, Johnnie Walker, Eric Marseglia, Mark Cohen, Lindsey Stoddart, Ron Lynch, and Scott Chernoff.

The offbeat sitcom debuted in February 2007 and attracted 1.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That was one of Comedy Central’s biggest premieres to date and prompted a season two renewal soonafter.

The second season was split into two parts, airing over Fall 2007 and Fall 2008. According to Comedy Central, the season’s episodes averaged 1.5 million viewers and regularly won its timeslot.

The Silverman Program was renewed for a third season in March 2009 and, as part of the deal, MTV’s Logo channel got the rights to rerun the episodes. “We love Sarah and we love this show — we’re thrilled it’s returning for a third season,” said Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development. “The Sarah Silverman Program is truly a brand-builder for our network and by using the synergy within the MTV Networks, the second window deal with Logo allows us to broaden the show to an audience that will only expand the popularity of this hit series. We are excited to see what trouble Sarah and her friends get into in the next season.” Silverman added, “Yay!”

Behind the scenes, things weren’t quite as rosey. After season two, executive producers Sarah Silverman, Dan Sterling, and Rob Schrab all threatened to quit when Comedy Central asked them to cut the TV show’s budget by 20%. It was only because of the Logo deal that the series was renewed.

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It took a year for the TV show to return and it was no longer a big success for the cable channel. Midway through the run, Comedy Central bumped it from 10:30pm to midnight. Many suspected this was the end of the series but they’ve now made it official; the Silverman Program has been cancelled.

The news certainly isn’t a surprise to the cast. Last month, Posehn told TV Squad they thought season three was the end, saying, “We felt that kind of going in. Just because it was so tough to get them to give us the money to do the third season, we had to jump through so many hoops… I feel like we’re lucky to have done what we’ve done, and I would be very happy to come back and do a season four. But I’d also be completely surprised if it happened.”

What do you think? Are you sorry to see The Sarah Silverman Program go or would you have liked to see season four?

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  1. TJK Hay says

    Comedy Central sucks! Sarah Silverman Programme was the only reason to watch comedy central. They killed the funnyest show on TV.
    I hope Sarah and the cast continue somewhere else.

  2. FinalExtravaganza says

    Nothing I could type could convey my feeling towards this cancellation. The Sarah Silverman Program was a brillant show that added fresh life to television. Comedy Central has lost one of it’s valuable attributes to late-night television. Wonder what’ll take her place??

  3. says

    comedy central can suck hairy balls for canceling a brilliant show. She is an orignal comedian. She is so talented and deserves more than this. I hope their is a season four, even if it’s not on comedy central.

  4. says

    *sigh* Here we go again, Comedy Central: First it was “Drawn Together”, then “Reno 911!”, and now “The Sarah Silverman Program”. I guess all things must come to an end, but it seems like you always cut them short.

  5. ParaSilver says

    Well. The wind of mind has changed, it seems. I am so thankfull for the first two seasons, the third one was for a fan like me also good. But something has changed in the mainstream again, and this took it tall. Besides, there was something anarchic and mind disturbing hidden in the show, I think that made many of the ppl who use media to keep ppl in trance worried…

    Sad to see you go Sarah, loved you since Voyager !!!

  6. George says

    Yep, this sucks. TV sitcoms have been in a dire state for the past few years and the Sarah Silverman Program was one of those rare gems that truly made me laugh, even if it was a bit unconventional. Sarah is one of a kind and I hope she gets another vehicle like this to showcase her offbeat humor.

  7. Evyn says

    Definitely disappointed. Comedy Central has a huge history of cancelling really good shows; i.e. Strangers With Candy, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Halfway Home, Chappelle’s Show, Drawn Together… sad, real sad stuff.

  8. Steve says

    Wow, I love this show so much it actually never occurred to me that there was even a possibility of its being canceled — after all, it made it through three seasons, and how could the audience have dropped off at all? No accounting for taste, I guess. This is super disappointing.

  9. Chris Murray the Cider Bat says

    This is lame! I had been waiting for a new ep for weeks only to realize the 3rd season was short. Then this! Pooooo! Poo on Comedy Central! Poo in their mouths!

  10. Jeremy Rynek says

    No im NOT sorry. None what so ever. I mean I watched one episode and it was about the batteries for her remote. It was unbelievely stupid. I think Sarah is a good comic and deserves a lot better. Shes been on HBO on Real Time, maybe they can give her a show wheres its more adultrated. I would watch that. But Comedy Central made a good choice canceling the show.

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