TBS Celebrates Chad’s Second Season Premiere By Canceling The Show

Nasim Pedrad as Chad on Chad being a Chad

Nasim Pedrad as Chad on Chad being a Chad
Photo: Scott Patrick Green (Warner Media)

Cancel culture has finally come for Chad, one of TBS’s latest scripted television shows. The network, which announced in April that it would dismantle the expensive process of writing television before producing it, canceled Nasim Pedrad’s awkward teen comedy just before its second season premiere on July 11. Hey, it’s today! Classy move, TBS.

The completed second season of Chad is looking for a new home and now looks like its main character, standing against a wall, hoping that a lonely streamer as desperate as him will offer a dance. Maybe hanging a sign around his neck that reads “all TV season ready for ad placement” will be enough to attract a ‌FreeVee, Pluto, or even a Tubi. On the other hand, maybe Netflix wants to revive the age-old practice of buying a show from another network and christening it “a Netflix Original.”

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The TBS, for its part, offered no explanation or reasoning behind the sudden cancellation. However, the TBS statement explains that the cancellation Chad before the public can see the thing is only part of how Warner Bros. Discovery “evaluates content and implements a new strategy for our network.” That’s probably how they landed on the show’s cancellation on the day of its second season premiere: carefully strategizing and evaluating content. Say what you’ll be about this business logic, in a pinch, that suppresses serious creativity in favor of another 90 days spinoff, but it’s soulless, heartless, and callous, especially to the people who made the show and the people who wanted to watch it.

Fortunately, the statement leaves Chad-chefs know they’re “proactively exploring various options to find the right home for it” because one of several Warner Bros.-owned television networks. Discovery isn’t the one, chief. Nonetheless, despite what you might assume based on its actions, the network “celebrates and thanks Nasim Pedrad” and his “bold and unexpected coming-of-age story” has no place on TBS. Nothing says “we celebrate and thank our creators” by unceremoniously tossing their hard work in the trash and “proactively” posting “anyone else want this trash” on Deadline.

In a statement to Deadline, Pedrad was far more magnanimous in the face of a professional setback (read: complete and utter bullshit). She writes:

I recognize that the landscape of our industry is changing so rapidly. Did I expect my show to be caught in the crosshairs of a corporate restructuring and merger? No. I’ve spent the last year doing a TV season that I’m really proud of. From the writers room to production to editing, a team of very talented and dedicated people came together to tell a story we believe in. A tough comedy that portrays Middle Eastern characters from a place of empathy and humanity. I feel so lucky that Chad has an incredibly loyal fanbase. I know they’re going to love this season and I’m thrilled the show is finding a new home.

This is the latest in a string of scripted show cancellations at Warner Bros. Discovery, and that doesn’t bode well. Earlier this year, following the massive merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery, the company announced that it would no longer be developing scripted television for TNets (the ugly internal moniker for former Turner-owned TBS, TNT and TruTV stations). The move frees up effectively The Big Bang Theory reruns of the burden of having to sell viewers on Animal Kingdom. Since the announcement, TBS has canned The last OG in April, while his colleagues at TNet, TNT has announced that it will be unloading its last remaining scripted series, snowdropsafter its fourth season.

Good luck at american dad replay who gets Chadthe time slot.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]


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