White Famous season 2 not happening; Showtime reportedly cancels Jay Pharoah comedy

Allison WilliamsAfter first airing on Showtime earlier this year, it now appears as though any hopes for a White Famous season 2 are heading over to the TV graveyard.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network has opted to not bring back the series starring Saturday Night Live alumni Jay Pharoah and executive-produced by Jamie Foxx. As for the reasoning behind this decision, it seems like a whole lot of it has to do with the ratings. The first season of the series ended up generating as a whole around 260,000 viewers in live+same-day viewing. Had the show been the subject of immense critical acclaim, maybe that would be enough to make up for lower numbers. The series just wasn’t getting the buzz that a first-year comedy needs to if it’s going to have ratings like this. In turn, this is why we’re seeing the show head out to the TV graveyard for the time being.

We should note that this decision hasn’t been confirmed as of yet by Showtime but with the ratings in mind, we have a feeling that any hopes of a White Famous season 2 are all but gone. Canceling the show so soon after the end of the first season does at least free up the talent early enough so that they can move forward and try to find some gigs elsewhere. We always do appreciate that given that this is a cast who is clearly talented and will get a good chance now to navigate through pilot season … potentially leading to them getting another job in the near future.

Showtime will likely to continue to experiment with comedies in the months to come, given that they are still looking for a huge hit in the space. While they’ve had some minor ones, we’d argue that Weeds is really the last one to really blow the doors off in terms of critical and commercial success.

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