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MTV takes off ‘Pants’

Cabler folds freshman comedy

MTV has decided not to renew halfhour scripted comedy “I Just Want My Pants Back” for a second season.

While said to be pleased with the show creatively, MTV needed to trim some inventory with several new projects coming through its pipeline, including the American adaptation of “The Inbetweeners,” “Underemployed” and “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.”

Ratings for “Pants” declined to just below one million viewers for its final episode March 29. Aside from a sneak-peek preview that aired after the MTV Video Music Awards in August and drew 5.1 million, the peak for the show was 2 million viewers for its fourth episode, Feb. 16.

MTV said in a statement that it was “proud” to have aired the comedy, “with its impressive creative pedigree and talented group of actors.” The network is said to be interested in future projects from exec producers Doug Liman and David Rosen, who wrote the book on which the MTV-Universal Cable co-production was based.

As with other canceled shows in this era, a new home for “Pants” is being pursued by the producing team.

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