After a disappointing run on ABC, the network announced that they were cancelling The Goode Family. It turns out the show’s creators aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.
The Goode Family is an animated series from King of the Hill’s Mike Judge, David Krinsky, and John Altschuler. Featuring the voice talents of Judge, Brian Doyle Murray, Dave Herman, Linda Cardellini, and Nancy Carell, the sitcom follows a working-class family who find it difficult to live politically-correct lives.
The show debuted to low ratings (3.93 million and a 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demo) on May 27th and was shuffled off to Friday nights after three episodes. In its new timeslot, The Goode Family’s viewership dropped even further and averaged a little more than a million viewers each week. It came as little surprise when ABC officially cancelled the show the day after the season finale aired.
The creators of the show aren’t ready to give up on a second season though. Just prior to the cancellation, they wrote to their fans, “The fact that our number of viewers has grown steadily without any network promotion is heartening, especially since DVR hits aren’t counted in the summer. If you like the show, please spread the word. Because of your interest The Goode Family has a shot to live on.”
Later that day, Altschuler followed up with “We will keep you posted as soon as the re-launch of the show is nailed down. We look forward to a decent time slot and some promotion so people get a better chance at seeing it.”
At the time, it seemed as if there were plans to continue the show on ABC. But, after the cancellation news came out, a message from Krinsky and Altschuler made it clear that they have another venue in mind.
They wrote, “That was our first season. We will let all of you know as soon as we have our new network and time slot. A lot of people have asked how they can see episodes they missed and we will try and find an answer. This show has been the most creatively satisfying thing we have ever done and we look forward to continuing it.”
Could The Goode Family truly find new life on a cable channel like Comedy Central or Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim? Should it? Would you change it in some way? What do you think?
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