NBC’s much buzzed-about comedy bomb “Coupling” has been canceled.
The network shut down production Friday on the sex- charged sitcom, informing the show’s producers that additional episodes will not be ordered, according to Variety.
After debuting to modest ratings in late September, the comedy – a U.S. replica of a popular British version – was no match against CBS’s white hot Thursday night schedule, especially the high-tech detective drama “CSI.”
The writing on the wall for “Coupling” became clear late last month when NBC pulled the show from its schedule for the November sweeps.
NBC execs had high hopes for “Coupling,” believing it to be a possible replacement for “Friends,” which is ending its decade-long run this spring.
“Coupling,” a racy comedy about a group of city-dwelling twentysomethings, had generated major media buzz last spring and over the summer due to its hot and heavy discussion of sexual matters and the popularity of the original British version.
But when the Americanized edition, critics panned it.