Swingtown: CBS (Finally) Officially Cancels the 1970s TV Show

Grant Show in SwingtownAt the start of today’s television press tour session, CBS president Nina Tassler announced something that we’ve all known for months. Swingtown isn’t coming back for a second season.

Swingtown follows three Chicago families in 1970s era suburbia as they explore new freedoms and shifting moral values. The series stars performers like Molly Parker, Jack Davenport, Grant Show, Lana Parrilla, Josh Hopkins, Miriam Shor, Shanna Collins, Aaron Christian Howles, Brittany Robertson, Michael Rady, Nick Benson, and Kate Norby.

The series was initially scheduled to debut during the regular 2007-08 season but the premiere was delayed until Summer 2008. Critical and viewer reception for Swingtown was mixed and the pilot debuted to fewer than 8.6 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. Subsequent episodes’ ratings dropped from there. After seven episodes, CBS moved Swingtown to Friday nights where viewership plunged to a low of 2.82 million.

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Though the series’ ratings were too low to warrant a season two renewal on the network, the CBS studio tried to find another home for Swingtown. In the end, the best they could do was to make a deal with Bravo to rerun the first season. Execs for the cable net made it clear however that they weren’t interested in funding a second season.

In November, Show told TV Guide, “Yeah, unfortunately [it’s over]. I mean, they haven’t released me and they haven’t made any official statements yet, but our contracts are all up in December. They’d have to have us back working before then, and I don’t think it’s possible to do that.”

Tassler has long been an advocate for the series and initially gave Swingtown a greenlight. Today, she made the show’s fate official when she announced, “No, we’re not going back to Swingtown. We were extremely proud of the execution — [it] ended up on a half dozen top 10 lists in 2008.”

She continued, “At the end of the day the show was well executed, it was well received, the performances were great, the writing was great. It was a risk, we took it, and we’re proud of it.” The exec blamed the show’s performance, at least in part, to the writers strike.

Unfortunately, there’s been no talk of giving the series an ending of some kind. Does the show need one?

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Jesse
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Jesse
April 25, 2009 2:44 pm

CBS caused it to fail when it moved to Friday night…gee, Friday night during a summer run? does anyone watch anything on Friday night?
This was a well written, entertaining show, cast was fun, upbeat and it had a chance to gain the audience, but the big shots make decisions for us.

natalie
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natalie
April 23, 2009 8:21 pm

I am so pissed that there wont be anymore swingtown!!!!! I just had to get a new dvr so I lost all my episodes!!!!! I am truly disappointed why not finish off csi since grissom is gone and put swingtown back in its thurs night spot! It sucks when the ‘BIG GUYS’ get to tell us what we like instead of asking us what we want to watch……so sad 🙁

ddr
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ddr
April 17, 2009 7:17 pm

OMG…we are huge fans…you loose a cool show like this, but keep that stupid SURVIVOR crap that has gone on for 10 years too many….and now a bloody kill ’em series Harpers Island that we would never watch…BRING BACK SWINGTOWN!!!…maybe HBO should buy it…then it could be racier…

Dj
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Dj
April 13, 2009 10:58 am

Wow, I’m hugely disappointed that Swingtown got canceled. CBS just got blocked on our TV. It was the one thing my wife and I genuinely enjoyed watching together and we looked forward to it. I guess a well written/acted, intelligent show isn’t what CBS is looking for.

Nancy
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Nancy
April 7, 2009 5:14 pm

I LOVED Swingtown! It was a realistic and enjoyable show and I hate to see it go. As usual, the so-called moral majority wins again. I’m sick to death of reality TV and all the childish game shows that have taken over. Bring back Swingtown! It was one of the best things to come from CBS in a long time.

Kim
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Kim
March 27, 2009 8:44 pm

I am so sad this show is gone. My husband and I looked so forward to Friday nights to get our swingtown fix. PLEASE GIVE US SWINGTOWN BACK!!

Jennifer and Scott
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Jennifer and Scott
March 24, 2009 6:44 pm

cancelling this show was ridiculous!!! if it wasnt for the bold and the beautiful and cold case, i would never watch this channel. even csi sucks bad now. they need to bring swingtown back. thats stupid to just leave a series hanging on the last show like that with no indication that it wasnt coming back on. we’ve been sitting around waiting on it and watching every week to come on. way to go cbs

Mary
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Mary
March 23, 2009 11:50 am

I think that the people at cbs are stupid!!!!! They cancel a show like swingtown, and keep a show like Survivor. Come on enough is enough, you can only watch survivor so many times before you get tired of it. I won’t even watch CBS any more, not like they really care!!!!!!! Swingtown was a very funny show and to leave it as a cliff hanger like it is coming back on, THAT IS JUST WRONG, CBS YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ellen
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Ellen
March 19, 2009 8:54 pm

Really CBS, think about getting this show back into production asap, if that’s even feasible now. I’m not kidding.

I am considering BOYCOTTING the network entirely (EVEN How I Met Your Mother, which I really like a lot) if this show isn’t given another chance. I don’t care if you keep it on broadcast or shift it to cable as originally intended. But no movies just to tie up story lines, and no more bs half seasons.

Ellen
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Ellen
March 19, 2009 8:47 pm

Seriously. How can you ax Swingtown and keep The Unit? That show is weird.

Ellen
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Ellen
March 19, 2009 8:44 pm

Oh yeah. Watchdog groups can S my D.

Ellen
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Ellen
March 19, 2009 8:12 pm
MotherF—. I cannot believe THIS show gets canceled and all those lame ass game/reality/dating shows continue on. This was a rare, intelligent, clever, cool, BELIEVABLE, sophisticated, not-too-melodramatic, slightly soapy night time drama, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than stupid Desperate Housewives and even stupider Grey’s Anatomy, as well as most so-called prime time programming. Booooooooo to CBS for not giving this excellent program a fighting chance to find a damn audience. Which it would have. I for one have no doubt. I told everyone how good it was, but now they’ll never get to see it. When are these f-sticks in network TV… Read more »
Donna
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Donna
March 19, 2009 8:04 am

I loved the show me and my friends were just really getting onto it I think it stinks there is nothing on for people in their 30,s to 50,s to watch. Everything is cop shows

Michelle
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Michelle
March 6, 2009 7:21 pm

it’s a shame that CBS had to cancel this show! Just as you start getting into it-it’s gone! It seems like this world is more obsessed with reality tv rather than original programming. too bad they couldn’t run it on a cable channel. I loved this show, and it was nice to watch something during the summer other than re-runs

mildred
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mildred
February 23, 2009 9:04 pm

It is a shame that CBS has done this again, Jericho and now Swingtown. This show was just getting off the ground for many of its fans but instead of pacifying advocators you choose your precious ratings. In the summer really WHO is watching TV but adults that don’t want to subscribe to high priced premium channels to pass the time. YOU GUYS SUCK!

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