TBS’ Glory Daze, a comedy about a group of students pledging for a college fraternity in the eighties, has been canceled. TBS declined to renew the show after disappointing ratings throughout its freshman season.
Glory Daze debuted relatively well for a cable comedy with 1.8 million viewers for its pilot episode – 1.1 of them in the crucial 18-49 demographic. But from there the overall viewership slumped week after week, with the tenth and final episode securing only a million views.
For comparison, Are We There Yet? (spun off from the Ice Cube movie and sequel) averages about 2.5 million viewers, while Tyler Perry’s House of Payne regularly scores three million or more. The departure of Glory Daze leaves TBS with only three scripted original comedies, rounded out by Tyler Perry‘s Meet the Browns. Rumors of a forthcoming reboot called Tyler Perry’s Glory Daze by Tyler Perry are unconfirmed.
The cancelation hurts for TBS. Glory Daze was their only homegrown comedy with innovation, straying away from the half-hour three-camera live audience formula and trying a time and place that’s not been retread to death on TV before.
But it’s hard for smaller cable channels to get the word out for new projects, relying mostly on syndicated shows like The Office and Family Guy for viewers. The target market of nostalgic 80s graduates are more likely to turn on Leno than Conan O’Brien or George Lopez. A cast of mostly unknown actors didn’t help – former Saturday Night Live comedian Tim Meadows (Grown Ups) was the show’s only headliner.
But the show’s real downfall was its pervasive sense of “been there, done that.” Glory Daze is funny, but not screamingly so; unique, but only in its serialized approach – all the 40-50 aged men with fond memories of college life in the 80s have already watched Animal House a dozen times. Writer Michael LeSieur is best known for the equally lukewarm You, Me and Dupree.
But the failure of Glory Daze hasn’t completely soured TBS on one-hour comedies. Two projects currently in the pilot stage show promise: The Wedding Band follows a group of middle-aged men looking for excitement by forming (wait for it) a wedding band, and The Brain Trust is a Psych-like show about an ex-cop solving cases with the help of young geniuses.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter