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More NBC Cancellations: 'Outsourced,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Chase' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 13th 2011 4:45PM
Outsourced is cancelledThe networks are cleaning house in preparation for next week's Upfronts presentations of new shows, cancelling existing shows faster than anyone can keep up.

The latest shows to get shut down? NBC has axed freshman Thursday night comedies 'Outsourced' and 'Perfect Couples,' as well as drama 'Chase' and reality series 'School Pride' and 'America's Next Great Restaurant.'

While rapid-fire press releases and rumor confirmations have been the norm for getting the news out the past few days, 'Outsourced' star Rizwan Manji actually took to Twitter before news of their cancellation broke:

@Riz_Manji: "Before it hits the trades-Outsourced isnt coming back.Sad to see it go-hopeful that this opportunity was a step towards others! Thanx all!"

'Outsourced' was one of those shows that struggled from the start, failing to nab any real critical love and battling shaky numbers throughout its first season run. 'Perfect Couples' got a little more praise when it premiered midseason -- but not much.

'Chase,' which premiered last fall, was pulled from the schedule due to failing ratings, so the writing was on the wall, but sometimes middling shows get a second chance if the studios and networks think retooling and relaunching might help. (See: 'Law & Order: LA,' also pulled, then retooled, yet still got cancelled today as well.)

'School Pride' was a reality show with a real message -- which unfortunately, often means a tiny audience, something that similar shows like 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' have also proven this season. (ABC recently pulled the second season of that Emmy-winning show from the air; its fate is still unknown.)

But 'School Pride' also suffered a great loss this year: The death of Denise Cramsey, who co-executive produced the show with Cheryl Hines.

As for 'America's Next Great Restaurant,' as much as I loved it and I know several critics did as well, it never found its audience. The reality competition ended its first season a couple of weeks ago, but the finale was pre-empted on the West coast by President Obama's address about Osama bin Laden, and never replayed.

What do you think: Are you sad to see any of these shows go? Or more excited about what'll be picked up in their place?

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Bill Rogers

I wish to protest the cancellation of a great tv show ----- Prime Suspect. How else can I protest to NBC? Thank you

October 19 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
needler529

I can't believe Outsourced has been cancelled. This was a funny show. No 'stupid husband' references, just good clean laughs. This is another network that wants to self-destruct. Already don't watch ABC, nothing to watch on CBS, now NBC has gone down. Glad I have cable and can watch some good tv. The big networks are so screwed up, hope they all go under.

October 06 2011 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Helen

CBS CANCELLED THE DEFENDERS,NOW AS YOU SAID, THE SHOWS BLUE BLOODS& HAWII FIVE-O ARE ON THE BUBBLE!! AGAIN I ASK, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT CBS!! THEY SHOULD START LOOKING MORE CLOSER AT WHO'S MAKING THE JUDGEMENT CALL'S ON CANCELLING THESE SHOWS. WE PEOPLE OUT HERE [LOVE THE SHOWS] STOP WHAT YOUR DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERY DAY LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH SO WHEN YOU CAN WATCH A SHOW THAT TAKES YOU AWAY FROM THE STRESS OF REAL LIFE,JUST FOR 1HR. ITS BETTER THAN TAKING A PILL.

June 01 2011 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mpls Troy

NBC is disappointing me, first they cancel The Event and now OutSourced. The networks wonder why people aren't watching their shows, what's the point watching a show, committing your time to it when all they do is cancel it later? TV is not like it used to be, networks are too quick to cancel.

May 27 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
howdy

They wonder why they are doing so poorly in the ratings? Canceling Outsourced would be a great example of poor management. Best show on the channel. They change the time, make it impossible to find, only make 22 episodes, don't even give it a chance, and then cancel it. The reason I watched they show in the first place was a review that AOL outsourced to AOL India...and they liked it. I read reviews on Times of India, and most of the posters liked it. Both places said it was "not quite India" but it was a sitcom about India and that was a good thing. NBC needs to stop showing the same, old "cr#ppy" sitcoms and actually entertain people with something different and new...ya know, like Outsourced.

May 21 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
howdy

They wonder why they are doing so poorly in the ratings? Canceling Outsourced would be a great example of poor management. Best show on the channel. They change the time, make it impossible to find, only make 22 episodes, don't even give it a chance, and then cancel it. The reason I watched they show in the first place was a review that AOL outsourced to AOL India...and they liked it. I read reviews on Times of India, and most of the posters liked it. Both places said it was "not quite India" but it was a sitcom about India and that was a good thing. NBC needs to stop showing the same, old "cr#ppy" sitcoms and actually entertain people with something different and new...ya know, like Outsourced.

May 21 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M

So so sad to see Outsourced go! Its literally the only reason I watched NBC on Thursdays! Boooooo.

May 20 2011 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sherri

So the reason they cancelled Outsourced is because it didn't get an "real critical love"??? The fact that the viewers loved it doesn't count? It was one of the most original, funny shows on network TV. How amazingly stupid NBC is. Would a fan protest help? Doesn't anybody know of any we can add our name to? NBC, why are you doing this??? Bring it back!

May 19 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deborah

NBC really blew it! Outsourced is funny, creative, good story lines and the characters were great! Something different on tv! But now they want to put on some crap called The playboy club!! Get real! Just what we need, more trash!!!

May 17 2011 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HelenK

And here I was, afraid I was the only Outsourced fan. Like another poster, I had a bad feeling when the show premiered, since it was seemingly about a rather sad fact of our economy. But when I gave it a chance, I realize how warm and genuine the show was. Thursday nights were all about Community, Outsourced and 30 Rock. (I change channels during The Office because I don't think the show is all that funny, but that's just me, I guess.) Madri finally got a boyfriend and now it's over. I'm going to miss it.

May 17 2011 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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