Netflix has no problem finding blockbuster dramas and limited series, but the streaming giant’s continued search for its next big sitcom hit will continue. Netflix admitted defeat on Friday by canceling four sitcoms in one fell swoop, including one with Kevin James and another with comedian Gabriel Iglesias. The crew and Country comfort end after one season, while Mr. Iglesias and Collage end with two seasons, reports Deadline. The move came days after the streamer canceled Jamie Foxx’s broadcast. Daddy stop embarrassing me.
The crew played James as a NASCAR garage crew chief and made his debut in February. The show was James’ first major TV flop, while he was previously the head of CBS. The king of queens for nine seasons and CBS ‘ Kevin can wait for two. James also appeared in two of Adam Sandler’s Netflix films, Halloween halloween and Sandy Wexler. The crew was created by Jeff Lowell and also starred Sarah Stiles, Freddie Stoma, Dan Ahdoor and Gary Anthony Williams. James still has a development deal with Netflix, so he’ll likely star in another series for the company.
Country comfort was essentially The nanny with country music, as it starred Katharine McPhee as a former country singer who becomes a nanny and falls in love with the children’s father, played by Eddie Cibrian. LeAnn Rimes, who is married to Cibrian, appeared in one episode. The series was created by Caryn Lucas and debuted in March.
Mr. Iglesias ran two seasons, released in three parts between June 2018 and December 2020. Iglesias played the role of a Long Beach history teacher who works for his alma mater. Sherri Shepherd, Richard Gant and Maggie Geha also performed. It was created by sports columnist Kevin Hench. Iglesias has another stand-up special in the works for Netflix.
The last canceled series was Collage, created and directed by Rightor Doyle. The show starred Zoe Levin as a psychology student who moonlights as a dominatrix. Brendan Scannell played the role of his best friend and assistant. CollageThe two seasons of were released between April 2019 and January. Doyle also has a development agreement with Netflix.
Netflix had early success in the sitcom arena with Grace and Frankie, The Ranch, Fuller House, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but comedy turned out to be a hard egg to crack for Netflix. Its system of skipping traditional pilots may not work for comedies, especially multi-cameras. During the pilot process, network officials have time to see if a comedy at least has the seed of a good idea before they jump into action and order an entire season. Netflix doesn’t, so an entire 10-episode season can effectively serve as an entire “pilot season” for a sitcom. Netflix dropped out Family meeting for a second season and ordered more episodes of The Upshaws, so it’s not that bad for Netflix comedies.