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NBC Axes ‘State of Affairs,’ ‘Constantine’ & Three Comedies; ‘Undateable’ Gets Live Season

NBC is cleaning house, canceling underperforming shows “State of Affairs,” “Constantine,” “Marry Me,” “About A Boy” and Ellen DeGeneres’s “One Big Happy.”

However, the network renewed “Undateable” for a third season — and there’s a twist: all episodes will be live, following this past week’s live episode, which saw a slight ratings spike.

“State of Affairs,” which was meant to be Heigl’s TV comeback vehicle after “Grey’s Anatomy,” never got off the ground and spanned 13 episodes.

Despite a lead-in from “The Voice” for the first half of its run, “State of Affairs” never gained much traction on Monday nights. For the season, it averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings.

Constantine was a DC Comics property from Warner Bros. TV. Showrunner Daniel Cerone tweeted Friday that the series would not be going forward, and alluded to the drama being shopped elsewhere.

Based on the comic series characters of “Hellblazer,” the television adaptation averaged just under five million total viewers, with DVR, for its first season, also consisting of 13 episodes.

“Marry Me,” which starred Ken Marino and Casey Wilson as a longtime couple, told the story of the duo’s bumpy ride to the altar, after proposals gone awry. Despite getting the plum post “The Voice” slot on Tuesday, “Marry Me” averaged a mere 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 estimates.

“One Big Happy” from exec producer Ellen DeGeneres and creator Liz Feldman revolves around a trio — lesbian Lizzy (Elisha Culthert) who is pregnant with her best friend’s (Nick Zano) baby, while he’s in love with another woman (Kelly Brook).

The comedy premiered this March for a six-episode season. Paired with “Undateable” on Tuesdays this spring, it has averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s “most current” estimates.

“About A Boy” made it through two seasons, but won’t see a third.

The Minnie Driver, David Walton and Benjamin Stockham comedy performed well when it followed “The Voice” during its first season, but faded when it no longer benefited from that support in the 2014-15 season. According to Nielsen’s Live+7 estimates, its episodes in season two averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall.

“Undateable,” helmed by comedian Chris D’Elia, premiered last summer and returned to the network lineup a couple of months ago. The sitcom has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “most current” estimates. While not a huge hit, it has done better than other NBC comedies of late and was considered the network’s half-hour most likely to return next season. The pickup marks the only comedy returning on NBC’s slate.

It’s hourlong live episode last week resulted in a bit of an uptick, inspiring the new season’s all-live element. The last series that tried to go live was Fox’s “Roc” in the ’90s.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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