‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

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“I’m Dying Up Here” has been renewed for Season 2 at Showtime, the premium cabler announced Friday.

The series takes place in the stand up comedy scene in Los Angeles in the 1970’s, following both aspiring and established comics who inhabit Goldie’s, the hottest comedy club in town. The series stars stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy.

The series was created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne. It is produced by Showtime and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The series will go back into production in the fall, with a 10-episode second season premiering in 2018.

“It is gratifying that so many comedians tell us this series really nailed the comedy club experience,”said Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of programming. “The talented ensemble of ‘I’m Dying Up Here,’ led by the brilliant Melissa Leo, and an equally skilled creative team behind the scenes, tell stories that scale the heights of comedy and the depths of drama, often at the same time. Having heard their plans for season two, I’m excited about the journeys these characters will take and the new ground the show will break.”


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The renewal comes despite the fact that the series has failed to find a substantial audience. According to Nielsen Live+Same Day data, the series averaged a 0.04 rating in adults 18-49 and 143,000 viewers per episode, making it one of the lowest-rated shows on the network. For comparison, Season 7 of “Shameless,” the top-rated show on Showtime, was down in the ratings compared to Season 6 but averaged a 0.54 and 1.4 million viewers per episode.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I fucking love this show. I would have been quite upset if it didn’t get renewed, but the reboot of Roseanne and Will and Grace were a go. Can’t wait for season 2.

  2. MikeS says:

    Interesting that those here who don’t like the show never saw even one complete episode. I usually give a show 2 or 3 eps before deciding. Makes one wonder what they do watch.

  3. kat0711 says:

    I haaaaated this show. Halfway through I either had to stop watching or slit my wrists, and I couldn’t find my razor.

  4. JR says:

    Yessss! This show quickly became one of our favorites, primarily because it captures the era so well. Great characterizations and surprising plot turns.

    Both this announcement and for bringing us Twin Peaks (Not to mention being the only pay channel to broadcast movies without cropping) remind me why I’ve been a Showtime subscriber for decades. They take chances and often stick with a show they believe in. I can recall when Shameless wasn’t a big ratings success. But the network stuck with it and it’s now their top show.
    (Although I do wish they’d have let Penny Dreadful finish properly. )
    Our thanks to Levine and Nevins for putting their viewers first.

  5. Geronimo says:

    Glad there will be a season 2 (although season 1 could’ve stood alone as a limited series). I enjoyed this show, moreso as the season progressed. There were continuing plot threads but it felt episodic (a nice antidote to the “every episode is a chapter in a novel” approach) and, although set in a specific time and place, it tells universal stories. It’s an ensemble character drama about (mostly) young people trying to make it and their relationships with one another as friends, lovers and rivals. I’m not particularly interested in the world of stand-up comedy but it doesn’t matter — the characters transcend that. Felt pretty grounded. No fantasy creatures or supernatural mysteries or weird surrealism. Just good actors and good drama.

  6. I’d LOVE to know how it was renewed….it was pretty much unwatchable despite the star power, and it was difficult to find an online review and/or recap on it. Waste of good actors.

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