After many bumps in the road, NBC finally got around to airing Love Bites, an anthology-style comedy that’s a bit reminiscent of Love, American Style. Unlike the latter, this one didn’t even last a full season. Love Bites has already been cancelled.
When NBC ordered the Love Bites in January 2010, it was supposed to revolve around two single women named Annie (Becki Newton) and Frannie (Jordana Spiro). Their friends had all gotten married so they were left to explore the ups and downs of the single life. Unfortunately, Spano was still committed to another series (TBS’ My Boys) and she had to bow out of the project after NBC gave a greenlight. As expected, TBS subsequently cancelled My Boys.
The show underwent further changes when Newton became pregnant since her character had been a virgin. Episodes of the comedy ended up revolving around a common theme or character and somehow related to Annie (Newton), Judd (Greg Grunberg) and Colleen (Constance Zimmer).
Showrunner Cindy Chupack departed, was replaced by Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally, and the series was pushed to mid-season. Love Bites was delayed again and in December it was revealed that the episode order had been reduced from 13 to nine installments. Some of the cast signed on to other projects.
Love Bites finally ended up premiering on June 2nd to a truly disappointing 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.64 million total viewers. The next week’s installment did about the same which would have been positive except the debut did so poorly. As the weeks have progressed, the ratings have dipped even lower. The worst performance so far has been June 30th’s with a 0.7 demo rating and 1.86 million viewers — truly terrible.
The show was already doomed well before it began airing but the ratings sealed the deal for sure. NBC has cancelled Love Bites and will end the show’s run this Thursday. One episode (the pilot) will be left unaired, replaced by a repeat of Law & Order: SVU. Unfortunately for the few who watched the troubled series, there are no current plans to release the unaired pilot of Love Bites online or anywhere else.
What do you think? Are you sorry that Love Bites has been cancelled? Would liked to have seen a second season?
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I really loved this show…i guess not many people watched it in India but i never missed it..plus i love newton.hope it come back ..it made me believe in love.♥:'(
this is really a good TV show. hope they bring it back…
I really wished that this show didn’t end. It was the perfect combination of intellegent comedy and quircky romance that was both addicting and enjoyable. 🙂
So sad. I just came across it and I loved it. I wish they would stop cancelling great TV
I really hope that NBC would bring this back. I love this show! Only one of a few that I watch that actually had a good story! Why don’t they cancel the really useless shows! =(
I agree. The show was fantastic. So much better than some of the reality TV that’s on air. Sad.
SOOOOO sad this has been cancelled. This was a show I looked forward to watching every week. I hated to wait for my DVR to be done recording so I could watch it! 🙂
I love this show and continue to watch episodes on-line. It stinks that it was canceled before it even had a chance. I am very disappointed and hope and pray another network will pick it up.
Too many shows are getting cancelled too soon! This is another example of bad timing for a good show. (episode one had me hooked. airplane scene was too funny)
Love Bites was written with comedy and some seriousness with a few parts. No canned laughter they use in sitcoms. I found it enjoyable how each character developed and also the way new/temporary characters were added to the show.
Too bad the writers’ strike so many years ago, reality shows were born and continue non-stop.
All these cancellations of shows that are other than ‘reality’ and well written or have some entertainment besides watching scripted nonactors is a shame and makes me want to turn to cable based networks. why bother with the standby networks, they only cancel the shows….
I watched this on demand and LOVED IT! Sad it was cancelled!!
I can’t believe it!! The one time I find a TV show that really made me laugh, but also think and sometimes shed a tear gets cancelled!!! I think you should re-run the episodes and see how they go NOW that so many people have been talking about it all over the world…which btw I watch online form Italy…
I am so beyond sad! I just do not understand how 1 million plus is a bad number of viewers :-/
I absolutley loved the show and looked forward to it every week. I can’t believe it was cancelled! It was fast and witty and didn’t bore you with the same characters every single time… I have to say pretty bogus it got cancelled
if the network is not going to show the rest of the unaired shows, can it be released online please???!!!!