Airing on Thursday nights, Sunnyside stars Kal Penn, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Diana-Maria Riva, Samba Schutte, and Moses Storm. Garrett Modi (Penn) was the youngest New York City Councilman. However, instead of spending his time in office helping the people that elected him, Garrett lost his way and was seduced by the power and glamour of politics. In the midst of his downward spiral, he’s arrested for public intoxication and stupidity. It’s captured on video and his political career is ended. Having hit bottom, Garrett stays with his sister, Mallory (Deol), and wonders where it all went wrong. Then, he’s hired by a diverse group of idealists — Griselda (Riva), Jim Hao (Booster), Mei Lin (Liu), Hakim (Schutte), and Brady (Storm). They dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help. This gives Garrett a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption — as long as he remembers where he came from.
The first season of Sunnyside has averaged a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.40 million viewers. Three episodes have aired thus far and it’s the lowest-rated series currently on the peacock network’s primetime schedule.
NBC will air the fourth episode this Thursday night and will then pull Sunnyside from the schedule. Production is currently underway on the ninth installment of the sitcom’s 10 episode order. The network has ordered an additional 11th episode. Penn notes that there are plans to try to find the series a new home.
Episodes five through 11 will be released weekly via NBC’s app, NBC.com, and other digital platforms (like Hulu).
Season 11 of Will & Grace will take over Sunnyside’s 9:30 PM timeslot on Thursday, October 24th. NBC has ordered 18 episodes for the comedy’s final season.
What do you think? Do you like the Sunnyside TV show? Are you sorry that it’s been cancelled? Will you watch the remaining episodes?