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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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Anonymous February 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

great show ,great cast , just hilarious. still hoping for it to come back

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MJ February 1, 2009 at 7:38 am

Seriously why cancel a perfect sitcom?! Despite the fact that there weren’t that many viewers, those who did watch it LOVED it! The popularity of the show would have grown if CBS would have just given it a chance! Friends didn’t start out that great and look at how many seasons it aired!?! The Class was simply brilliant! It brought something new to the table and a brand new comedy was just what CBS needed-not another lame detective series or pathetic comedy like The New Adventures of Old Christine. If CBS doesn’t pick it up then another network REALLY should and soon!!

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Julian F January 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I loved this show so much ! CBS just have to bring it back on air !
It was different to all this other Crap on TV. I’m from Germany, and very lucky i found this brilliant show. okay it was very complicated to watch it here in Germany but it was totaly worth it ! I pulled my friends and family in front of the screen and they also loved it ! (hope that was ok, my gramar sucks) we all hope The Class will come back on air.

greetings from germany and sorry for the bad english,

Julian

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Laura December 23, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Please bring back The Class. I loved this show. This was a great comedy sitcom. It was one of the few that i watch on your station. I’m watching less, and less.

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Kirsty December 23, 2008 at 4:22 am

I love the Class

It is the best tv sitcom eva since friends, actually in my opinion it is better than friends.

PLZZ PUT IT BK ON !! it did so good and it won an award.. it deserves to have a second season cause people love it so much ..

plzzz plzzzzz put it back !!!

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Anonymous December 18, 2008 at 8:13 am

I`m from Paraguay, and here lots of friends used to get togueter to watch the class, now we are all sad and crying like a lot because you mean people cancelled the show.
I`m gonna tell mom.

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Patrick November 20, 2008 at 3:24 am

Everyone go to CBS.com and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click Feedback and request that CBS bring back The Class.

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musi November 12, 2008 at 2:13 am

I totally agree, this show is simply hilarious, the cast is really good… I mean, it’s been almost two years since they canceled the show and we are still hoping it will come back… that should tell you something, CBS!!!
Some of the characters are so fresh and the dialogues are really good… I miss it a lot, please, new season

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shane September 29, 2008 at 8:19 am

WHY ARE THEY BEING STUPID?!
ITS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OTHER THEN FRIENDS!
i just recently bought this tv show and i loved it instantly!
when i met ur mother is so… its ok. but ITS NOTHING COMPAIRED TO THE CLASS!!!!

I WANT A SEASON TWO!!!!!!!! :(((

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edgar August 6, 2008 at 11:15 am

i think it was really good show and i dont get why they canceled it they should bring it back alot of people r asking for the return of the show they listen and be more smarter

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maureen August 2, 2008 at 12:43 pm

HOW CAN YOU CANCEL SOMETHING SO GOOD AND KEEP MAKING OTHER PROGRAMMES THAT ARE SOOOOO YAAAAWWWNNNN. WHO MAKES THESE DECISIONS ???

BRING IT BACK . . I’M NOT ASKING YOU, I’M TELLING YOU – BRING IT BACK !!!!!!!

from Aberdeen Scotland

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Jeff D February 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

The Class was a hit with viewer someone dropped the ball on this one. Two and a half men is the same thing over and over, drop it and bring back The Class. Give the people what they want.

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Kelly February 6, 2008 at 10:39 am

Please try to review and bring back The Class. Cbs already has enough reality and criminal shows we need some comedy in our life. Thank you. Remember laughter is the best medicine.

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John Howe January 17, 2008 at 2:53 am

The Class was an absolutly brilliant sitcom, and really stuck out from the other sitcoms, which are usually pretty crap. The Class reaLLY REALLY SHOULDN’T BE CANCELED!

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Callie January 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Oh my god!
I seriously think they need to bring this show back already!!

I’ve been waiting since March to see what happens with Kat and Ethan.

I swear to god CBS needs to pull that stick out of their butts and actually go through with a new show.

The Wb or Cw whatever their stupid name is now, did that with a show called Related.

That was another of my favorites and they just up and canceled it!!

I just hope they bring The Class back..

Or I probably will never watch CBS again.

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