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ABC Cancels 'Back in the Game,' Orders More 'The Goldbergs,' 'Trophy Wife,' & 'Super Fun Night'


Back in the Game


ABC has started its fall comedy house cleaning, canceling one series, and ordering more episodes of three others.

First up, the James Caan/Maggie Lawson fronted baseball comedy 'Back in the Game' has been effectively axed after airing only six of its 13 produced episodes. While the show won't be pulled from the schedule, ABC declined to order any more episodes, which is basically the same thing as officially canceling it. The seven remaining episodes will continue to air as scheduled, but may not continue airing in the Wednesday 8:30 timeslot.


The Goldbergs


Next, ABC picked up the back-nine episodes of its freshman comedy with the highest average ratings, that being 'The Goldbergs.' While the '80s set family sitcom starring Jeff Garlin has been experiencing noticeable drops as of late, the first few episodes retained a commendable amount of their 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' lead-in. Impressively, the show retained its previous 1.7 rating this week, despite airing behind a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' re-run for the first time.


Trophy Wife


Struggling Malin Akerman/Bradley Whitford comedy 'Trophy Wife' has also been granted its back-nine, despite its most recent episode dipping to a meager 1.2. rating. It's a bit puzzling that ABC chose to keep this show going, while axing the much better rated 'Back in the Game.' Working in 'Trophy Wife's favor is the fact that it is owned by ABC, while 'Back' is not, and executives are apparently happier with 'Trophy's creative direction. Still, it feels strange to be reporting that a sitcom drawing 1.7s has been canceled, while another sitcom drawing 1.2s is getting more episodes from the same network.


Super Fun Night


Finally, the Rebel Wilson vehicle 'Super Fun Night' is receiving four more episodes this season, for a total of 17. That's certainly not the same show of confidence that 'Goldbergs' and 'Trophy' got, but it's definitely better than ending up like 'Back in the Game.' The Conan O'Brien produced comedy started the season off very strong. Unfortunately, every week sees it lose a little more of its gigantic 'Modern Family' lead-in audience. This past Wednesday's episode, like 'Game' and 'Goldbergs,' drew a 1.7.

Did 'Back in the Game' deserve to get benched? Do 'The Goldbergs,' 'Trophy Wife,' and 'Super Fun Night' deserve more episodes?

- Super Fun Night
- Back In The Game
- The Goldbergs (2013)
- Trophy Wife

Written by: msd85
Nov 2nd, 2013, 1:34 pm

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Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2014, 1:30 pm

I like all the shows in this list but unfortunitly I think they need to Re-cast Rebel Wilson as she is no lead. She trys too hard to be something she isn't and it shows through he acting as she really has no flexability in the way she portrays her charicter, no matter who she is playing. That is why she is good in a cameo spot or as light relefe here and there, but not as a lead. As for the other 3, Back in the Game is my fav and would really like it if they made more episodes and more seasons but at the same time I would like to see them be more flexable with Maggie so she can still bo Psych. It'll just take a bit of schedual juggling. Thanks for thei article.


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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 5:53 pm

And btw FireJames, great point about them trying to hold onto talent by not canceling something.


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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 5:51 pm

No need to apologize FireJames, I didn't take it as a personal slight, I was just seeking to clarify what I thought might have been a misunderstanding of what I wrote. Since it seems you didn't misunderstand after all, I offer you an apology of my own.


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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 3:52 pm

Sorry msd8, It wasn't meant as a comment your article, I was comment on the situation... Saying networks don't always do the right thing... they keep a show because they own it or they have a relationship with the creator as with 'Super Fun Night' and Conan O'Brien... Then they drop one that is better rated and has gotten better word of mouth because they don't have a backend deal with the showrunner. They don't cancel a show to hold talent as in this case so Maggie Lawson will have limited availability for 'Pysch.' Fox did this with Family Guy twice, to hold Seth MacFarlane, and look what happen there!  Once again, I am sorry msd8 if you thought I was going after you...


Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 9:07 am
Back in the Game wasn't the least bit funny. I'm not surprised it won't be continued but the same goes for Trophy Wife. I don't see the humor. It is tough for comedy sitcoms. They are few these days.

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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 8:22 am

No wonder Back in the Game looks dead, they are still playing little league baseball at Halloween! Think of the kids, man.


Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 7:43 am
Stale tired old ideas just don't sell anymore. Sadly very little is about script or plot, but star appeal. When every plot line and joke becomes predictable, because it has been done a thousand times before, then move on into the forbidden creative original zone.Isn't that why Arrested Development is still relevant and loved?

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Message Posted On Nov 2nd, 2013, 9:56 pm

I'm aware of all that FireJames, but 99% of the time, when a network declines to order a new show's "back-nine", that means the show is done. There are very, very few recorded instances of a network turning down more episodes for the first season, then bringing a show back later. Look at recent ABC series 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort for example. Neither was ever "officially" canceled, but no more episodes were ordered past the initial 13, and neither has ever been mentioned again. And I never said those other series were renewed, only that ABC ordered more episodes.


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Message Posted On Nov 2nd, 2013, 8:11 pm

Officially ABC has not cancelled 'Back in the Game,' they just have not ordred more episodes or renewed it... canselled means it will no longer be shown... all episodes of 'Back in the Game' will be made and shown. All the cast and crew are all still under contract. This still affects Maggie Lawson availability for 'Pysch.' They also may have an option to retool it and renew it next year... or even sell it to another network... keep mind that 'The Goldbergs,' 'Trophy Wife,' & 'Super Fun Night' have not been renewed, they have just had more episodes ordered for this season.



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Message Posted On Nov 2nd, 2013, 4:36 pm

Super fun night just isnt funny,Rebel Wilson while funny in cameo's is just to much to take each week,The Goldberg's has something about it,its not massively funny but they are likeable and maybe now it's got a bit of room to grow it'll continue to improve,i hope so at least.

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