NBC has officially dropped the ax on two of its comedy series in the Thursday night lineup. On Oct. 31, 2014, the network announced it will no longer be making additional episode orders of "Bad Judge" and "A to Z." But the show will still remain in its current timeslot to finish off all of its 13 episodes. Read on for the details.
The said announcement from NBC was first reported on Deadline, which stated that the network will still be broadcasting the shows’ remaining episodes. “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” each have a 13-episode order, and these will be aired on the network through Jan. 22, 2014.
As it is, both shows have already been running for five weeks, meeting below average ratings. “A to Z,” which airs on the 9:30 p.m. timeslot, has been constantly struggling, with the latest episode rating 2.49 million viewers and only 0.7 in the demo (adult viewers 18-49). These were the same numbers for ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story,” which was already canceled last week. “Bad Judge,” while consistent, also keeps earning low numbers in its 9:00 p.m. timeslot, with the most recent episode falling at 3.9 million viewers and a 0.9 in the demo (adult viewers 18-49).
Production for “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” will still continue, inspite news of its demise, as the shows have only filmed up to their tenth and eleventh episode. The shows will need to complete filming their agreed 13-episode orders.
In their place during the midseason, “The Blacklist” will occupy their timeslots beginning February 2015 and will serve as a lead-in for the upcoming series “Allegiance.”
“A to Z” is a romantic comedy that stars Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman as Andrew and Zelda. On his Instagram account, Feldman posted a photo with this statement, following the cancellation:
This is a show I continue to be very proud of. The incredible cast & crew still have a few more stories to tell and then we'll pack up everything into a box and bury it like a time capsule in the hopes that someday soon we can dig it back up again. ..This is the scene we were shooting when we got the news that we wouldn't be finishing the alphabet. At least not this time around. I hope you'll keep watching. Because we're just not done yet…
“Bad Judge” centers on an unconventional court judge, Rebecca Wright, who is played by Kate Walsh. A group of women lawyers in Florida has actually opposed to the portrayal of the character and even wrote NBC to cancel the series. Walsh took to Twitter to thank viewers of her show after the cancellation announcement and urged them to still watch the remaining episodes.
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) November 1, 2014
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