CBS has pulled the freshman sitcom Living Biblically out of its primetime schedule indefinitely. Reruns of the long-running series Big Bang Theory will take its place.
The network has made the decisive move to pull the plug on the multi-cam comedy from its Monday timeslot. CBS has instead placed reruns of the Big Bang Theory in its place for the next two weeks.
CBS only aired eight out of the shot's 11 episodes. The show could return at a later date only to finish off the season. No return date has been announced yet, although it could return in the summer and after May.
Removing Living Biblically from the primetime schedule puts the sitcom in limbo for a potential second season. CBS has so far not renewed any of its Monday shows, including Superior Donuts, Kevin Can Wait, and Man With a Plan. These sitcoms are still awaiting word on a third season. Scorpion, which also airs on Monday, is currently also in limbo.
The network has not revealed details about the cancellation, although it is safe to say that it probably has something to do with viewership. Living Biblically is one of CBS's lowest-rated original sitcoms. It premiered in February to 5 million viewers and earned the 0.8 rating in adults 18-59. It only averages 4.2 million viewers per episode in Live+Same Day.
Living Biblically is one of four freshman comedies CBS picked up this season. The network also canceled other two including 9JKL and Me, Myself and I. The network only gave the green light for a second season to Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon.
Cast And Story
Living Biblically stars Mad Men alum Jay R. Ferguson. He plays modern-day man Chip Curry, a film critic for a newspaper. He decides to improve his life by living according to the texts in the Bible. He listens to the Bible and goes to confessions. The death of his best friend prompts him to live his life biblically.
Alcide Bava Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, produced Living Biblically from creator Patrick Walsh (2 Broke Girls). The sitcom is based on the bestselling book The Year of Living Biblically from author A.J. Jacobs.
Other cast in the series include Ian Gomez, Tony Rock, Lindsey Kraft, David Krumholtz, and Camryn Manheim. Walsh also serves as executive producer alongside Spencer Medof, Andrew Haas, and Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki.