FX has cancelled their mockumentary comedy series The Comedians after one season of 13 episodes.
The Comedians stars Billy Crystal as a comedy legend who’s reluctantly paired with edgy up-and-coming star Josh Gad for a late night sketch comedy show. Egos and generations soon collide on The Billy & Josh Show — much to the dismay of the show’s crew. The rest of the cast includes Stephnie Weir, Matt Oberg, Megan Ferguson, and Dana Delany.
The series debuted on April 9th to small ratings — a 0.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 878,000 viewers. The numbers dropped much lower as the season progressed and the finale, which aired at the end of June, drew a 0.13 rating with 306,000.
Showrunner Ben Wexler broke the news of the cancellation and wrote, “#TheComedians is cancelled at FX. I could not be more proud of the work we all did.”
The stars of the show had these comments:
To fans of The Comedians thanks for your support. I am so proud of the work we did and of all the people we did it with. #don'tgetit
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) July 23, 2015
Thank you all for your kind words re: #TheComedians. It was only one season. But in the pantheon of one season shows I've done, it was a gem
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 23, 2015
What do you think? Did you like The Comedians TV show? Should it have been renewed for a second season or, did FX make the right call in cancelling it?
Cannot believe the comedians was cancelled after one season with all the bad TV shows that are still running today in 2020
I expect any new show I like to be cancelled – it’s the way of the greedy networks. It’s cheaper to show re-runs that nobody watches. Brilliant.
I loved that show and I am surprised that it was canceled, it def. deserved a second season!
Great show and very talented cast. I’m disappointed. It deserved a second season.
I liked it. It was different. Made me laugh, quite unique. Wish it would continue. Loved the comedy sketches. old school vs. new school. It was good. Bring it back!
While it was better than a lot of stuff out there, I was expecting and hoping for so much better. It was amusing, but for audiences to be willing to watch awkward, unlikable leads, like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, they need to be rewarded with more than merely amusing.
This show made me laugh out loud.. I don’t get how this missed with audiences.. It was better than Louie or married.. I loved the chemistry and crystals timing is the best in the business.. Makes no sense.. Perhaps because we live in the fast paced tech sound byte age, and crystal is 17 years past the demo audience it could not connect.. I’m 50 and I thought it was the best show on TV.
Guess my demo is not as connected with the youngers..
I just hope they don’t like Donald trump.
Waited for this to get better but, it didn’t. Like Crystal but this show was just not funny.
I agree w/Bob R. This show was very UNFUNNY! Cancel it.
I watched it hoping it would get better but the chemistry between Crystal and Gad just wasn’t there along with the scripts too. There was nothing funny in those scripts.
I agree wholeheartily with you Bob. I watched 3 episodes hoping it wpuld get better because I like Crystal And Josh was funny on 1600 Pennsylvania ave. They just didn’t mesh with each other.
The leads appearing to not “mesh” was the very essence of the concept. I am greatly disappointed by the non renewal of this gem.