People Of Earth

It’s bad enough when a network cancels a series that may be on the bubble, but somehow TBS found a way to make it even more painful.  After renewing their alien abduction sitcom ‘People of Earth’ for a third season, nine months ago, the cable station changed its mind and has decided to cancel it after all.

The show’s creator, David Jenkins broke the news via Twitter:

As Jenkins stated, the scripts for the third season were already written, but now will not be shot.  Jenkins is a newcomer.  ‘People of Earth’ is the only project on his resumé.  Greg Daniels (‘The Office’) and Conan O’Brien served as executive producers.  While the show wasn’t a huge hit in terms of ratings, it was a critical darling, being named one of the best series on TV by many critics. But Season Two saw the already weak numbers drop further.

‘The Daily Show”s Wyatt Cenac starred as Ozzie Graham, a skeptical journalist investigating StarCrossed, a support group for people who have been abducted by aliens.  The cast also included Michael Cassidy (‘Men at Work’), Tracee Chimo (‘Orange Is the New Black’), Ana Gasteyer (‘Suburgatory’), Brian Huskey (‘Veep’), Luka Jones (‘Pillow Talk’), Nancy Lenehan (‘Veep’), Oscar Nuñez (‘The Office’), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (‘Selfie’), and Alice Wetterlund (‘Silicon Valley’).  Ken Hall and Björn Gustafsson played the two main aliens, Jeff the Grey and Don the White, respectively.

Cenac will continue to appear on his HBO documentary program ‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’.

Speaking of HBO, in 2016 the cable network renewed its rock & roll-based series ‘Vinyl’ for a second season just days after the first episode aired, but when it proved to be a ratings dog, they reversed their renewal and cancelled it.  Last year, Amazon renewed ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ for a second season and spent $7 million on pre-production, but ultimately scrapped the project.

Were you a fan of ‘People of Earth’?  Are you sad that it won’t be returning for a third season?

Source: TV Line