'Millionaire' reduces slots for sitcoms
ABC’s “It’s Like, You Know …” is like, you know, canceled, while the net’s frosh laffer “Oh Grow Up” will never get a chance to move out of infancy.
The Alphabet web has officially pulled the plug on both comedies, which are expected to air their final segs within the next few weeks, according to industry sources. Cancellations had been expected in the wake of ABC’s move to sked three hours of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” greatly reducing the number of slots available for sitcoms.
However, the network waited before making the final call to kill the shows, finally telling producers of the decision late last week.
“Oh Grow Up,” from the Greenblatt/Janollari Studio, was created and exec produced by Alan Ball, who Monday was basking in the glory of the Golden Globe success of his feature “American Beauty.” Greenblatt/Janollari co-topper Bob Greenblatt couldn’t help but take note of the timing.
“What surprises me (about ABC’s decision) is that we jumped through every hoop they put in front us, including retaining 100% of our (adults 18-49) lead-in for two weeks,” Greenblatt said. “Alan Ball was mistreated in all of this.”
DreamWorks Television’s “It’s Like, You Know …” bowed last spring to generally positive reviews and encouraging ratings, prompting ABC to pick it up for the fall. Show was co-exec produced by former “Seinfeld” scribe Peter Mehlman.
ABC reps could not be reached for comment Monday night.