EXCLUSIVE: The second CBS comedy series produced by Chuck Lorre United States of Al will not be returning for a third season. I understand the network called tonight to update on the show’s patronage.
Chuck Lorre produced comedy for two years in a row B Positive and United States of Al were on the bubble. Both were finally renewed last year. This time around, as Deadline reported last month, there was talk that only one of the two could join Lorre Young Sheldon and Bob Hearts Abishola on the 2022-23 schedule, with B Positive have an advantage. In the light of United States of Als cancellation, B PositiveThe renewal chances of look better.
At CBS, too, dramas remain on the bubble MagnumPIwhich was stuck in renewal talks with lead studio Universal TV, Freshman Comedy how we roll as well as freshman drama good Sam, which doesn’t look good.
The multi camera United States of Al, with Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young, comes from Lorre and the makers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari. It follows the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al) (Kalyan), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and just arrived to start a new life in america.
Kelli Goss, Dean Norris, Elizabeth Alderfer and Farrah Mackenzie also starred.
Early in its run, the series, the pilot of which was filmed at the start of the pandemic, faced some criticism of what has been described as stereotypical portrayal. At the beginning of the second season, the sitcom was praised for how it reflected the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
There are two more episodes left of the show’s second season; The season 2 finale, which will now serve as the series finale, is scheduled for May 19.
This is the first Lorre comedy series to be dropped so quickly by CBS in 30 years since its very first show as creator. Frannie’s turn which lasted one season.
Goetsch & Ferrari, Lorre, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi were executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.