The Carmichael Show, Downward Dog in renewal / cancellation limbo

Downward DogIf you’re worried about the future of The Carmichael Show and/or Downward Dog over on ABC, you have every reason to be based on some of the reports that are coming out now.

As first reported by Deadline, these two shows could be facing cancellation in the midst of what is a difficult time for each one of them schedule-wise. Because of when they premiered in the summer / late spring, studios only have until around June 30 to pick up the contracts on the casts for additional seasons.

In the case of The Carmichael Show, the bad news is that apparently, NBC is not anywhere close to a decision and with that, the studio is starting to sniff around to other potential suitors. The story of Jerrod Carmichael’s amazing sitcom is that it’s never gotten much of a fair shake from its network, which is all sorts of depressing when you think for a moment or two about how many shows with terrible reviews get prime network real estate. This is one that is trying to be funny, but also take on social issues. It’s starting a conversation in a way that very few other shows out there do.

As for Downward Dog, its status is probably a little more uncertain given that its average ratings are a little bit lower of the two shows. Yet, we do also think that it has more of a struggle given that it’s airing without any real help, and up against the #1 summer show on TV in America’s Got Talent. It is trying to hold its own, but it may not be enough given that ABC is not exactly pushing anything too hard when it comes to scripted content in the summer. Other than this show, Still Star-Crossed — another show originally planned for the proper season, is the only other scripted entry this summer. Unfortunately, it’s being devised as a limited series and with that, there is no hope for a season 2 renewal here at all.

Out of these two shows, which one do you want to see on the air the most? Share in the comments below! 

Meanwhile, head over here in the event you do want to get some other news when it comes to The Carmichael Show and some of the assorted commentary about a recent decision by NBC. (Photo: NBC.)

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