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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC

ABC has canceled half-hour comedy “Downward Dog.” Co-creator Samm Hodges tweeted news of the cancellation Friday.

“Got the very surprising news today that ABC is not moving forward with Downward Dog,” Hodges wrote. “They loved it creatively and really wanted to make more but couldn’t find a financial path to do so.”

Hodges added that producers are “committed to finding a new home” for the series and that the last two episodes of the show’s eight-episode run will air Tuesday, beginning at 10 p.m.

A representative for ABC confirmed the cancellation.

“Downward Dog” starred Allison Tolman as Nan, a woman navigating relationship and professional changes. The show prominently featured Nan’s dog Martin talking to the camera and narrating the story from his perspective.

Tolman thanked fans for their support of the show, posting a message on Twitter saying, “To all #downwarddog fans, simply put- we wouldn’t be us without you. Thanks for getting us. Bark bark.”

In her review of the show for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote of the show’s talking-dog narrator, “‘Downward Dog’ grafts this schtick onto what is otherwise a mumblecore relationship comedy, with an apparent eye towards sincerity. And in giving Martin a personality, the show settles on a mopey, selfish little cretin who observes, matter-of-factly, that he really has to ‘dominate’ his owner, Nan (Tolman), to get what he wants out of their relationship. It becomes difficult to not root against Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges) just so that Nan can get a few minutes of peace.”

“Downward Dog” was produced by ABC Studios. Executive producers were Michael Killen, Hodges, Jimmy Miller, Sam Hansen, Kathy Dzubiek, Kat Likkel, and John Hoberg.

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