Last Friday, CBS cancelled its 2 Broke Girls TV show, despite the fact that the sitcom was still earning respectable ratings. Because the sixth and final season garnered an average of 1.31 in the 18-49 demo and 5.621 million viewers, it was expected CBS would renew the series, although perhaps for a shorter seventh season. Now CBS has revealed the reason behind this surprise cancellation.
The CBS comedy follows the Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), who work in a greasyspoon, which they now partially own. The 2 Broke Girls cast also includes Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, and Jennifer Coolidge. Reportedly, Cher was in talks to guest star in a seventh season, had the show been renewed.
Deadline interviewed CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl and asked her about the cancellation, which she explained was a creative decision. Here’s more:
“2 Broke Girls was a really good show for us for a very long time,” CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl told Deadline. “Our comedy development this year was very good and whenever your comedy development is really good, it puts a lot of pressure on some of your older shows. We felt creatively it was time and we had to create some space on the schedule to get some new product on.”
Was the decision entirely creative and scheduling or it came down to business? 2 Broke Girls, which is not cheap, comes from Warner Bros TV, and there had been rumblings about the network seeking a piece of the show’s lucrative backend.
“I think it was a creative decision more than anything else,” Kahl said. “It was not a show we own but we picked up (new comedy series Me, Myself & I and By The Book) from Warner Bros. So I don’t think it was a business decision, I think it was creatively we felt it was time.”[…]
CBS has no ownership in 2 Broke Girls while having to cover its cost (or most of it) because of the show’s age. Meanwhile, 2 Broke Girls was a key asset for Warner Bros TV, holding the record for the biggest off-network comedy series sale, earning WBTV $1.7 million an episode from TBS alone.
What do you think? Is 2 Broke Girls ending at the right time? Should CBS have renewed it for a shortened seventh season, to give fans some closure?