NBC has pulled freshman comedy Sunnyside from its schedule, and we all know what that means: the low-rated show has been canceled. The Kal Penn-fronted series lasted fewer than a handful of episodes (and brought in the lowest Live+Same Day ratings of all freshman series across the big four broadcast networks) before being given the boot. Its death marks the first cancellation of the fall 2019 TV season.
However, there is good news for the show, and for you, if you were into the comedy. Not only has NBC ordered an additional episode of the show, bringing its episode count to 11, but it hasn't been shelved entirely. It will live out the rest of its days online; the remaining 7 episodes will air weekly on the NBC App, other digital platforms, and NBC.com.
Sunnyside cast member Joel Kim Booster was the first to respond to the news on Twitter, calling out NBC for telling the cast and crew on Columbus Day (Monday).
To find out our show is getting pulled and replaced with an all-white cast ON Columbus Day? You can't write this stuff folks. Our time slot literally got colonized!! https://t.co/uuUb3lDuTk— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) October 16, 2019
Meanwhile, Penn confirmed on the platform that the show is being shopped to other networks in hopes of a Season 2.
Upped to an 11 episode order for digital while we shop this baby around! 11 funny, heartwarming patriotic episodes of the most diverse show on tv for ya. I love our INSANELY talented writers & cast & crew! 🇺🇸❤️ watch online now @nbc https://t.co/AKyQoTxxnt— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 16, 2019
Sunnyside will be replaced on NBC's schedule by the 11th and final season of Will & Grace, which was originally scheduled to debut in early 2020. Now, it will begin its (second) victory lap Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. instead.