When the first season of I’m Dying Up Here wrapped on Showtime, CarterMatt was pretty nervous over its future. Its live+same-day ratings were lower than the majority of premium-cable series out there, and the show wasn’t getting the sort of publicity that we often like to see.
Well, consider this a time when we’re happy that our nervousness about this show wasn’t called for. The network officially renewed the series for a second season on Friday; according to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the biggest factors behind making this decision was Showtime wanting to move the show over to a spot, (potentially following Ray Donovan or another prominent show) where it can generate more of a following. The first season of the show was paired with Twin Peaks, a series with a fairly small live audience and also one with a rather insular viewership that was watching mostly for that show and that show only. (The future of Twin Peaks remains a mystery in its own right following the recent finale.)
In a statement confirming the great news about I’m Dying Up Here (which is all about the earlier days of the Los Angeles comedy club circuit), Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine had the following to say:
“It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience … he talented ensemble of I’m Dying Up Here, led by the brilliant Melissa Leo, and an equally skilled creative team behind the scenes, tell stories that scale the heights of comedy and the depths of drama, often at the same time. Having heard their plans for season two, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break.”
Hopefully, we are going to have an opportunity to see some really cool, interesting things take place when I’m Dying Up Here season 2 premieres, and the show will continue to remain accurate to the source material while also have a little bit of fun. It’s one of those few shows that really can effectively tow the line between multiple genres without all that much of a problem. The new season should premiere at some point in 2018, but for those of you curious in getting a premiere date at any point in the near future, don’t expect it until most likely the spring. This is one of those shows that the network will probably take their time with, since they do want to figure out the best possible place in order to produce the ratings results they want to achieve.
What do you want to see when I’m Dying Up Here season 2 premieres, and are you excited or surprised about the renewal news? Share below!
If you do want to go back and read our piece on the show’s season 2 renewal odds right now, you can do so just by heading over to the link here. (Photo: Showtime.)