Duncanville, the Amy Poehler-led animated family comedy, has been canceled after three seasons.
The show, created by Mike Scully, former showrunner of The Simpsons, his wife and producing partner Julie Thacker Scully and Poelher, launched in February 2020 and has aired on Fox and Hulu.
It ran for three full seasons of 11 episodes each, however, according to Deadline (opens in new tab)there are six final episodes that have been made for a planned fourth season, Fox does not plan to air those six episodes and they will air exclusively on Hulu later this year.
Duncanville had a starring voice cast with Poehler, Modern Family star Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester, Zach Cherry, Rashida Jones of Parks and Recreation, rapper Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski among them.
The show followed Duncan Harris, an average 15-year-old who is always one step away from making a good decision, but who enjoys a rich fantasy life with a wild imagination in which he is never anything short of amazing.
Poehler voiced Duncan himself and his mother, with Burrell playing his father.
During its three seasons, the show has had a string of high-profile guest stars, with Stephen King, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza and rockers Dave Grohl and Alice Cooper among them.
The show is Hulu’s second high-profile cancellation in recent days after it canceled Woke, the Larmone Morris-led political comedy, late last week.
What’s the reason for the axe?
Critics liked Duncanville, with the show enjoying a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoesalthough the public wasn’t all that interested, with the show rating only 56% there.
The show’s end comes as Fox prepares to release two new animated shows in the coming months.
The first is Grimsburg. This show features a lead voice role from Top Gun: Maverick star Jon Hamm, the story of a misanthropic detective with an incredible crime-solving record but a terrible personal life. It should be released in 2023.
The other is Krapopolis, which hails from Rick and Morty/Community creator Dan Harmon. This has a voice cast that includes Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham, What We Do In The Shadows’ Matt Berry, and director Richard Ayoade.
Krapopolis is set in mythical ancient Greece amidst all the usual variety of gods and monsters. It’s set to be a big priority for Fox and Hulu, joining an animated roster that already includes The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.
These new properties will need marketing campaigns to launch properly, pulling resources from existing shows. Perhaps Duncanville was squeezed by the combination of these newcomers and the longtime animated behemoths, who basically sell themselves out.
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