After only one term in office, NBC has impeached the White House comedy "1600 Penn," while the news was also bad for second-year comedy "Whitney."
Series co-creator Jon Lovett confirmed the cancellation on Thursday (May 9) afternoon when he tweeted "It's official. 1600 Penn is a cult classic."
NBC somewhat confirmed the news earlier in the day by picking up Jason Katims' small-screen version of "About a Boy," which features "1600 Penn" co-star Benjamin Stockham in a key role opposite David Walton and Minnie Driver.
Of course, neither Lovett's tweet, nor NBC's order for a show featuring a "1600 Penn" co-star were actually required for anybody who looked at the numbers for the low-rated comedy. Although NBC aired the full run of "1600 Penn," even with Live + 7 DVR bump included, it only averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and under 3.6 million total viewers.
NBC sources also confirm that "Whitney" will not be returning for a third season. A semi-surprise renewal last spring, the Whitney Cummings sitcom averaged under 4.5 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating, again including DVR totals.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.