And just like that, ABC is saying goodbye to two more of its comedies this season.
Announced this morning, the network has officially canceled “Splitting Up Together” after just two seasons, and “Speechless” after three. They are the latest in a growing list of shows to be canceled this week, with ABC having already brought an end to both “The Kids Are Alright” and “The Fix” earlier this morning. “For the People” was also canceled after two seasons last night.
Created by Emily Kapnek, “Splitting Up Together” followed a couple whose marriage becomes reignited… after they get divorced. But despite the star power provided by Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson in the show’s lead roles, “Splitting Up Together” has been a likely candidate for cancellation all spring, after averaging only a 0.66 L+SD rating in the adults 18-49 demo this season.
The cancellation of “Speechless,” however, comes as a bit of a surprise. Despite tying with “The Fix” as ABC’s lowest-rated title this season, many still expected the Friday night comedy to get another season. Following the merger between Disney and 20th Century Fox, “Speechless” became ABC-owned, and with it being so close to a syndication deal, it had seemed like “Speechless” may just pull through. Instead, it’s now the third ABC comedy to get the axe this year.
The network, which has been fairly patient in announcing any renewals and/or cancellations this season, seems to be finally putting the finishing touches on its 2019-20 lineup.
“How to Get Away with Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19,” “Black-ish,” “A Million Little Things,” “Modern Family,” “The Conners,” and “The Good Doctor” all have already been renewed for next season, while the fates of eight other shows are still undecided.
Among the ABC shows still in limbo are the freshmen titles like “Whiskey Cavalier,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” and “Single Parents,” along with veteran titles like “American Housewife” and “The Goldbergs.”