‘Back in the Game’ canceled by ABC; what does this mean for Maggie Lawson, ‘Psych’?November 1, 2013
Tonight, we had quite a bit shocker when it comes to ABC’s primetime lineup; despite having some decent ratings on Wednesday night, and actually getting stronger numbers recently than either “Trophy Wife” or “”The Goldbergs” over on Tuesday night, the network had made the decision to effectively cancel “Back in the Game.” This news was confirmed by co-creator Robb Cullen on Twitter.
We knew that ABC was going to have to get rid of one of their new comedies if they wanted to place something new on at midseason like “Suburgatory,” and we personally think that DVR playback may have been one of the bigger players here. This was a show that many were watching live because it aired after “The Middle,” but it obviously was not getting the same data after the fact as some of the others. The feeling here is obviously that they can plug another show in here and do just as well, if not better when you start to tabulate other figures. It’s a gamble, but it is one that could pay off big for them or come back to bite them in the you-know-where.
What we are a little more interested in is just what this could mean for the future of “Psych,” which also stars Maggie Lawson. She departed the show over the summer to start filming “Back in the Game,” and this means that she will have more time on her hands. USA has never confirmed that season 8 of “Psych” will be the end, so could there be more? If nothing else, we think that it would be nice if we could see a two-hour movie to close this off, or another season of maybe six episodes. We wanted to see both shows continue on for her, but that clearly isn’t happening.
We do personally believe that the network is making a mistake here, mostly in that this is a better show than “Super Fun Night,” which is languishing behind “Modern Family.” It may have Rebel Wilson, but that does not make it funny.
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