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The Class: Is the CBS Sitcom Cancelled?

The current cast of The ClassThe Class aired its last first run episode Monday night on CBS, right according to schedule. The New Adventures of Old Christine will replace it in the 8:30pm timeslot starting March 12th. Does this mean that The Class has been cancelled? No. At least, not yet.

The Class debuted on Monday, September 18, 2006 on CBS. The sitcom revolves around a group of 28-year-olds who were part of the same third grade class 20 years before. After being reunited by Ethan (Jason Ritter), the former classmates begin to get to know each other once again and become intertwined. The series also stars Lizzy Caplan, Heather Goldenhersh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sean Maguire, Jon Bernthal, Andrea Anders and Lucy Punch.

The series, created by the co-creator of Friends David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), had been the subject of a bidding war by several networks. It premiered at 8pm (a difficult slot for a new show) and attracted an under-whelming 7.6 million households. Viewership dropped for the next two weeks to an average of 6.1 million. CBS moved it to 8:30, switching places with How I Met Your Mother and the ratings haven’t really improved, averaging under six million households weekly.

The Class has gone through some challenges behind-the-scenes as well. Realizing that the main cast of eight former classmates (combined with many recurring characters) was unwieldy, the producers sought to refocus the show on the characters’ romantic relationships. As a result, they limited the recurring role appearances and wanted to make series regular Lucy Punch (reporter Holly Ellenbogen) a recurring character as well. Punch declined and subsequently left the series. She was removed from the opening credits after episode 13. Though her effeminate husband Perry (Sam Harris) has appeared, Holly’s absence hasn’t been addressed.

If you’re counting, you know that only 19 episodes of The Class have aired. Though it’s an unusual number for a TV season, that’s all there are. CBS gave the series an initial order for 13 episodes and then ordered only six more in November.

The original cast of The ClassWill The Class return for a second season? CBS isn’t expected to announce its plans until the “network upfronts” in May when they announce their Fall schedule. Right now the prospects for a second season of The Class don’t look good.

Right now, CBS has a two-hour block of four sitcoms. Rules of Engagement, which debuted last month, has done extremely well holding onto Two and a Half Men’s typical 10+ million households audience. Before going on hiatus, The New Adventures of Old Christine was attracting solid numbers and is expected to do well when it returns this Monday. How I Met Your Mother is the weakest show in the group audience-wise but has consistently outperformed The Class. Right now, there’s no good reason for CBS to dump any of those other shows, which essentially leaves no room for a second season of The Class.

Is there hope? Well, if CBS decides to add some sitcoms on another night then that would create an opening in the schedule. Right now, though their schedule is overflowing with crime procedural and reality shows, they generally get great ratings. CBS could also order a second season of The Class and use them to replace Christine or Mother reruns mid-season.

On the upside, the series won the People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy. CBS generally seems to like the show and has faith in the creative team. The final decision will likely have to do with how the rest of their new Fall schedule shapes up. Will Kat and Ethan get together? Will Ritchie marry Lina? Will Duncan and Nicole get back together? Will Kyle have more to do than pal around with Ethan? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Pam December 30, 2007 at 3:05 pm

What gets me is that here we are almost a year later and we still want this show back. I loved it!!! Listen, I know with the writers strike this can’t happen right now, but PLEASE give it another chance!!!! Better advertisement of the show could help the ratings!!!

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steve December 19, 2007 at 11:50 am

Someone make a damn PETITION ALREADY. thats the only for CBS to bring it back.

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Rachel December 13, 2007 at 12:43 pm

i love that show!!! i checked for it every monday for months…..i didn’t care what the websites said i just wouldn’t give up. i haven’t been that obsessed with a sit com since friends and that 70s show. i like the character kat especially, and i miss her when i see the same actress in mean girls. give me the highlight of my mondays back!!!

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Ari November 29, 2007 at 10:17 am

I have been wondering what happened to “The Class”. I’ve watched every episode and love all the characters. How can you even think of not adding a second season to that show. I know it’s pretty hard to have story lines for so many characters but the concept of the show was different and I liked that. I hope you can bring that show back and find away to keep all the characters. You have a great cast and it would be a shame to loose them due to poor time management.

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Jae November 29, 2007 at 3:53 am

I really love The Class… I don’t watch Old Christine, Rules of Engagement and How I met your mother… They are boring… at least for me… but The Class, everyone is funny and I really want to know what’s gonna happen to Kat and Ethan… and I can relate to the stories… everyone’s stories… I would love them to return on Mondays… I don’t have anything to watch except CSI Miami…

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Ed November 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm

I didn’t really see the show until a friend of mine told me about it. Then I wondered how it was that such a great show didn’t get the right exposure. I think that if more people would have known about it, the ratings would have gone THROUGH THE ROOF! I could have easily seen this last as long as THREE’S COMPANY. It was that good! What a shame. I still have EVERY EPISODE recorded (all 19 of them!)

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Rob November 25, 2007 at 9:04 am

Last season CBS was always on at night on my TV. Then they took away Jericho and The Class and added in a few crappy reality shows. It’s just not worth it anymore. I hope this reality craze will be over in a few years, like an ugly fad of American embarrassment. Then maybe some quality writing can recreate some quality shows. Reality TV is so cheap to produce it’s like crack for the networks and they’re addicted to it. When you take away shows like “The Class” you’re literally classless.

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Anonymous November 14, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Is it or is it not? That is the question. When will the decision be made to bring back the class? This is one comedy we actually plan to sit down and watch live not tape on the DVR. It is great. The characters are great. We haven’t had another really excellent comedy since Friends went off. PLEASE have it return.

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Lisamarie November 14, 2007 at 12:24 pm

The class was funny, insightful and so dead on. I laughed days after just thinking of some of the lines. Every character had an endearing quality. Big Bang theory is brain numbing. I would watch TV snow before I would sit through 5 minutes of that crap. Give us back our “CLASS”

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Hinata November 10, 2007 at 10:47 am

The Class should totally be brought back. A ton of people love it, and me and my mom are always fighting, but whenever the class is on, we forget about our problems and just watch and laugh together… Now we have nothing to watch together anymore.

P.S. I’m from the Philippines, so this show is loved not only in the US.

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kristine November 5, 2007 at 6:06 pm

I just found out the class was cancelled. My husband and I have been waiting every week for it’s return. The show in it’s time slot big bang theory really SUCKS. Please bring back the class.

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M. Curlew October 30, 2007 at 11:47 am

I was so disappointed when I was told this show was cancelled. It was my favorite one on Monday nights. We couldn’t wait to see what Ritchie was up to. He was the funniest character on the show. All of them were great, but he was my favorite. We would try not to laugh to loud, because we didn’t want to miss what was said next. Please bring the show back, we were even looking for it in DVD

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Felipe October 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

I cançt believe they cancelled the Class, I waited a whole year to see how things go with the group.

It is a great show, it has audience in US, UK, Latin America and even in Israel.

This is just unaceptable, we should stop watching CDS until they put it back on air.

I am so upset.

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Kara Burcham October 26, 2007 at 7:34 am

I would love to see The Class come back. I think How I Met Your Mother jumped the shark on this seasons opening.

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Jim D October 26, 2007 at 5:47 am

Bring it back!

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