If you were hoping for more of I’m Dying Up Here, prepare to be disappointed — it doesn’t look like a season 3 is coming.
The series has, alas, been canceled at Showtime, and it is not altogether hard to figure out what the primary reason why here is: The numbers. They just were not up to snuff. While the network doesn’t care solely about live viewership, it does look at that as a factor for renewal alongside a number of other things, including time-shifted viewership and also subscriptions that are generated from the show. That was considered to be a key to the success of This Is America? on the network this summer, and per a report from Deadline, this may help with the future of another Showtime series in Kidding. While I’m Dying Up Here featured Jim Carrey as an executive producer, Kidding actually stars the actor in a prominent role as children’s entertainer Jeff Pickles.
I’m Dying Up Here was a great idea in how it focused on some of the earlier days of the Los Angeles comedy scene, but the problem for it clearly was that it was made mostly for old-school comedy nerds and that’s a fairly small subset of viewers. We are nonetheless happy that this show got a second season in the first place, mostly because that was not exactly guaranteed with the ratings that it had. Showtime was mostly just interested in seeing if some of the ratings would spike up in a more positive direction with a better lead-in and an opportunity to build some of its audience. Unfortunately, that’s just not something that happened.
Like with many other canceled shows out there, hopefully the cast and crew of I’m Dying Up Here end up finding some other great roles in the near future.
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