‘The Paul Reiser Show’ Canceled After 2 Episodes

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Paul Reiser Show NBC ‘The Paul Reiser Show’ Canceled After 2 Episodes

After two weeks of dismal ratings and poor critical reception, The Paul Reiser Show has been pulled from NBC’s Thursday night line-up.

The Paul Reiser Show, a mid-season replacement for the struggling Perfect Couples, got off to a very rocky start.

According to The Wrap, the debut episode managed to snag the lowest ratings for a regular season premiere in NBC history – grabbing the attention of a paltry 3.3 million viewers. The following week, the show managed to lose 18 percent of those initial viewers. After such a poor showing, it came as no surprise when the network promptly pulled the plug.

Critically speaking, The Paul Reiser Show didn’t earn much praise – though after just two episodes, it wasn’t given much of a chance. The most glaring problem was also one aspect that probably led to the sitcom being greenlit. Consistently compared to Larry David’s long-running HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reiser’s show was set to take the ‘real-life as a sitcom’ shtick and make it palatable for network audiences.

Unfortunately, The Paul Reiser Show seemed unable to shake the high expectations that came with such a comparison. To make matters worse, David actually stopped by and made an appearance. The effort sure seemed like a grand gesture from one comedian to another, but inadvertently made the differences between the two shows painfully obvious. Maybe Reiser can guest on Curb, and in an ultra-meta experience blame David’s appearance for his own show’s demise.

Paul Reiser Curb Your Enthusiasm ‘The Paul Reiser Show’ Canceled After 2 Episodes

Reiser and David on 'The Paul Reiser Show'

Now that Reiser is out – and Perfect Couples stands little chance of receiving an apology letter stamped with a multi-colored peacock – the post-Community timeslot will likely remain without a new suitor until the fall season. For the time being, NBC plans to give fans a double dose of The Office, to better remind everyone Steve Carrel is leaving the show at the end of the month.

Frankly, it’s too bad Reiser and his producing partner Jonathan Shapiro (Life, Boston Legal) weren’t given more time to re-tool their program and adjust for its shortcomings. Perhaps the history-making ratings of the show’s premiere were too much of a black eye for NBC to forgive, and the response by the network was deemed necessary.

As someone who was excited to see Reiser back on television, the cancellation of The Paul Reiser Show is unfortunate, indeed. I suppose I will just have to wait for Judd Apatow to make room for Reiser in Funny People 2.

Source: MSN, The Wrap

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  1. I was just thinking of Mad About You the other day. Had no idea a Paul Reiser comedy was even back on air, so this is too bad.

  2. Sad. My dad use to make me watch mad about you with him and secretly fell in love with she show. I too was unaware of this new show. Maybe they should blame there advertising. :/

  3. Sad–I actually liked it. I thought it had some promise to grow. Of course, I adore Paul Reiser, so that may have colored my opinion. :-)

  4. I thought the show was actually pretty good. The only thing that I could complain about was the amount of time Reiser would spend on his cell phone during the last episode.

  5. Wow a show on NBC lasted even less than The Cape! lol.

  6. Where did this show come from? I’ve never heard nor seen any ad for this show, until SR mentioned it. Brian was kidding but I think NBC should fire their advertising department.

    • Likely the only way anyone would’ve heard about it though was if they advertised the show on one of the other networks, as no one is watching NBC to see the advertisments for their new shows.

      • Maybe that’s it lol.

      • I only caught it because I watch Community and Parks and Recreation.

    • Due to spending cuts the nbc advertising dept. has been outsourced to a mens correctional facility in Northern California.

      Hope you saved some Mad About You money Paul,,, :)

  7. Networks are not giving new shoes much time to get viewers

  8. WOW…I wonder if that was fastest show cancelled EVER?

  9. LOL thats great

  10. Anyone happen to catch him on Leno last night, where he was there to promote his freshly cancelled show? It was actually pretty funny as they both mocked NBC and how they handle their programming.

  11. Well, Seinfeld sucked the first season and Curb ‘s first season was kind of dry. They should have given him more time I guess. Not a fan him of him anyway, I think he’s washed up.

  12. Wait what? When was this on exactly? I wasn’t even aware it was on yet. You know NBC, if you want people to watch something you have to ADVERTISE it. Idiots.

  13. I am mad about this!
    I love the paul reiser show those 2 episodes where great and i laughed my butt off its a great show! And NBC sucks for the low advertisement
    i knew about this show coz i looked up what paul did nowadays on wikipedia..
    NBC sucks at advertising and didnt give this show a time to grow on
    Okay the 2nd episode had only more then 2 millions viewers but..
    There other shows where the first one and 2nd one arent high then (Because more people start to watch) It grows in viewings so NBC Sucks!