NBC’s ‘Sunnyside’ Is the First Canceled Show of the Fall
While it seems like fall television just started, the cutthroat season has found its first victim. NBC’s Sunnyside is the first show to be canceled for Fall 2019. The series, which stars Kal Penn (who recently appeared in ABC and Netflix’s Designated Survivor), will not be back for a second season.
However, the show, which Penn also co-created, will see the remainder of its episodes play out on a different platform.
What is ‘Sunnyside’ about?
Sunnyside made headlines when NBC first ordered the series due to its immigration theme and the fact that seven immigrant actors were cast in the series. The series revolves around Penn’s character, Garrett Modi, a down-on-his-luck, former New York City councilman.
Per NBC’s official description of the series, Modi is “hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.”
Aside from Penn, the series also stars Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm, and Samba Schutte. Michael Schur, the creator of another NBC series, The Good Place, is an executive producer for Sunnyside.
Why was ‘Sunnyside’ canceled?
Since its debut, Sunnyside never produced high ratings for the network. For its premiere episode, it had 1.77 million linear viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, which made it reportedly the least-watched and lowest-rated show out of the major four broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox).
For the show’s third episode, it went down to 1.18 million linear viewers and a demo rating of 0.3. It soon became clear that if any show would be canceled, Sunnyside would likely be the choice because of its already-low and dwindling ratings. This is despite the fact that the series reportedly had solid numbers for late and digital viewings.
On Twitter, Penn acknowledged the cancellation but seemed to offer the series up to a streamer. “Dear Hollywood — I have 10 funny, heartwarming patriotic episodes of the most diverse show on television for ya. Any takers, call me! We have INSANELY talented writers & cast and are interested in selling this to an established streamer that wants a fun, relevant comedy!” he wrote in a tweet that now appears to have been deleted.
In a separate tweet, he said, “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!”
Where can you watch ‘Sunnyside’ from now on?
For Sunnyside fans, there is a silver lining. The remaining episodes of the season will be put online on NBC’s digital platforms.
Not only that, but the show also got an additional episode added to its initial season order, bringing the total to 11. Viewers will be able to watch these new episodes on NBC.com and the NBC app.
Replacing Sunnyside on the NBC schedule will be Will & Grace. The third season of the revival series was first expected to premiere in 2020 at midseason, but now it will kick things off on October 24, 2019.