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The Bill Engvall Show: TBS Cancels Sitcom; No Season Four

The Bill Engvall ShowFor the past two years, Septembers have been lucky months for the cast and crew of The Bill Engvall Show; their show has gotten renewed. This year, not so much. After three seasons, TBS has decided to pass on ordering another round of episodes.

The Bill Engvall Show follows the life of Bill Pearson (Engvall), a family counselor who sometimes has a hard time understanding his own family. He’s married to Susan (Nancy Travis) and together, they try to raise their three kids as best they can. The rest of the cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo, Tim Meadows, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Cynthia Watros.

The sitcom debuted in July of 2007. The premiere attracted 3.85 million viewers, making it the third most-watched sitcom telecast in ad-supported cable history. According to TBS, the 10 episode season was regular cable’s highest-rated sitcom for adults 25-54. A second season was ordered in September 2007.

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Season two kicked off in June of 2008 and the 10 episodes averaged 2.3 million viewers. TBS renewed Engvall for a third season in September 2008 and Michael Wright, a senior VP for TBS, said, “Their dedication to continually growing the show is evident in the work, and we look forward to a new season of even funnier episodes.”

Season three launched this past July 18th and concluded on September 5th. TBS moved the show to Saturdays and wasn’t crowing about the sitcom’s ratings this time around. They’ve now decided to cancel the program, siting a decline in ratings as the reason.

In an email, a TBS representative told AccessAtlanta, “TBS has cancelled The Bill Engvall Show after three seasons. We had a great experience working with Bill and the cast. Bill is a terrific comic, and we have tremendous respect for him. While the show didn’t attract the audience we need to renew it for another season, we’re proud of the work of everyone involved.”

What do you think? Should The Bill Engvall Show have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth year? Why do you think its ratings fell? The schedule change or something else?

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Wazzy February 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I loved this show! it was humorous, very family oriented.. and just funny! BRING IT BACK!


Matt August 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

Get a better sense of humor you predictable drones. Stop being so “safe” and learn what real comedy is.


camie herring November 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

i am so disappointed. every time i find a good show that i love on tv that is not a reality show…it gets cancelled


kara November 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

i think that the bill engval show was funny as hell and one of the only reason i tuned to tbs so their mistake i guess. too bad because that show was way better than all the tyler perry shows.


kayla July 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

why would they cancel it?! My Boys sucks it’s on for like 6-8 weeks thn it’s gone for another year and it’s just another drama, they should being back Bill Engvall show :)


Tim Morner July 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

The Bill Engvall Show was a summertime highlight for my family and me. It was good, clean comedy that had a point and was a release each week. After a year off, it might be a good idea to bring it back. Please.


Carole Hope June 10, 2010 at 5:28 am

Bill Engvall’s show was really good. I enjoyed it and hate to see it canceled. Please bring it back. It was a clean show and funny, and it was nice to see parents not apologizing for loving their kids enough to parent them.


n dawg February 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

The reason for the drop in ratings was because the seasons were so short. People easily forgot about it for that reason.


Chuck Ballinger February 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

Great show, they shouldn’t have cancelled. Much better than 99% of the crappola on TV today, funny, create combination of characters and always good for a laugh. I’d rather watch reruns of this show than any of the Reality shows currently on. Don’t know who is watching that junk to drive up their ratings but then no one has ever cited TV exec’s as being smart. Just look at MASH and other shows that proved them wrong, time and time again…..


Joe February 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

The show was totally lame and deserved to be cancelled.
And, hey Richie, they advertised the hell out of it, which clearly showed that interest was waning. Every commercial break had Bill Engvall saying, “TBS…very funny.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t.


hungergames May 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

that show should not be cancelled it wasa great show it was funny and jennifer lawerence the girl who play bill kid she was my favorite actor on that show


Lauren January 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I loved the Bill Engvall Show. Selling it to CMT would be a great idea. They are a good wholesome network. The Bill Engvall Show would have done great on the that network. I hope its just on hiatus for right now.


terminator January 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

They need to sell to another network, like CMT…it was a great family show. Like the other comments, I agree, they never advertised it on when it would be on. If it had been on at a regular day, not the weekend, and time, they would have found an audience


dee January 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

ME TOO, i love that this is a show about a family that loves each other and doesn’t have to resort to dirty jokes like that two and a half men and other such comedies plentiful these days …tbs only gave it such brief seasons, once per year (and in the summer), hardly promoted it, then shuttled it away to a new night without putting the word out, not giving it a fair shake. i wish they would find another network to take it – CMT IS A GREAT IDEA! and i hope if the project can’t be saved that mr. engvall (and all the other very talented cast members!) find work and, continue to make respectable (wholesome) work that they can be proud of. my love to the cast and crew, god bless you all~


Richie January 3, 2010 at 4:45 am

No, the show did not need to be cancelled! It was just never Advertised enough! I never knew when or where it came on…. I had to ask, and or look it up! This is pretty sorry, I like the show of its wholesomeness! Better than most of today’s crap! In my book, I rate it up there along with my OTHER favorite show ” HOUSE ”

Thank you very much for reading!

In CHRIST Forever,


sekramage December 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Turner has a habit of doing this when they need a timeslot for something they like better (like MyBoys, apparently) or when they decide to cut back on something; they move a show people like, and have liked in the past to an obscure time slot on a night when a lot of people don’t sit at home watching TV, and then use the decline in ratings to justify canning the show.


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