Netflix axes Uncoupled and Showtime saves it!

Gay Rom-Com 'Uncoupled' managed to reach number 6 on the Netflix Top 10 chart for just one week
Maxwell Eliff  |  Film & TV

Streaming giant Netflix announced that it wouldn’t be renewing its Neil Patrick Harris-led romantic comedy series Uncoupled, just six months after the first season premiered. the show has recently been saved by Showtime!

The show followed gay New York City real estate agent Michael Lawson, who must navigate the world of dating in his 40s after being dumped by his boyfriend of 17 years.

The series managed to reach number 6 on the Netflix Top 10 chart for just one week, but had still developed a passionate (if small) fanbase.

It became the latest queer show to be axed by Netflix. German mystery thriller 1899, horror-comedy Dead End: Paranormal and lesbian vampire drama First Kill have each previously been chopped after failing to pull in enough traffic on the streaming platform.

UPDATE: ‘Uncoupled’ Picked Up By Showtime For Season 2

Uncoupled, has been saved by Showtime! I hear Showtime is picking up Season 2 (and potentially beyond) of the comedy series, from Emily in Paris creator Darren Star and Modern Family veteran Jeffrey Richman, a couple weeks after the MTV Entertainment Studios-produced show was canceled by Netflix. At the premium network, soon to be renamed Paramount+ with Showtime, Uncoupled is designed to fit into one the three main content lanes recently outlined by new Showtime boss Chris McCarthy, “Metro Cultures”, which spans “culturally diverse takes” like The L Word and The Chi.

In Uncoupled, Harris stars as a gay man in his mid-40s navigating the single life in New York City after he was unceremoniously dumped by his long term partner. The core cast also includes Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks and Marcia Gay Harden.

Star, who executive produces Uncoupled with Richman and Jax Media, is among the top creators on MTV Entertainment Studios’ talent roster. He is behind the studio’s hit Netflix comedy series Emily in Paris and previously created the company’s TV Land hit Younger, which finished its run on Paramount+.


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