No revenge for the Nerds: Peacock cancels ‘Freaks’

'Dateline' to pick up timeslot; skein looks for new home

The jocks at NBC have silenced the nerds of “Freaks and Geeks.”

The DreamWorks hourlong skein aired its final episode on the network Monday night. “Freaks and Geeks” garnered critical raves but was bullied by low ratings.

Eighteen episodes of the show have already aired, another six on the shelf are unlikely to appear on NBC. The network gave DreamWorks permission to shop those six eps, as well as the show, elsewhere. Logical outlets include MTV, the WB or Fox.

“It’s a longshot,” series exec producer Judd Apatow said on the “Freaks and Geeks” Web site. “If we fail, just keep watching Nickelodeon or MTV. The reruns will be on before you know it.”

Added DreamWorks TV prexy Dan McDermott: “We’re hopeful that we will find the appropriate home for the show in the very near future .”

The Peacock will air “Dateline NBC” in the Monday night 8 p.m. timeslot for now. “Freaks and Geeks” had just returned to the lineup on March 13 after a February sweeps hiatus. In its final outing, the show placed fourth in its slot with a 2.3 Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49.

“This had been a very difficult year for us,” Apatow said. “The show was never on more than a month at a time. When we returned they didn’t promote us at all.”

Paul Feig created “Freaks and Geeks,” which follows a group of social misfits in 1980 suburbia.

“DreamWorks as a company, and myself personally, are incredibly proud of this show,” McDermott said. “It’s one of the best-reviewed shows we’ve ever produced. Judd and Paul have just done an incredible job.”

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