Paul Reiser's NBC show canceled after two episodes
Paul Reiser's new NBC series, "The Paul Reiser Show" has been canceled after airing only two episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show premiered to 3.3 million viewers and the second episode brought in 2.5 million. Reiser said that the network rushed the show to air during NBC Universal's summer press day.
"This was shortest ramp up in the history of television. Literally 20 days ago [NBC] said, 'We're putting you up,' and we said, 'OK, great,'" Reiser told The Hollywood Reporter.
The series followed the 53-year-old actor portraying himself on the scripted show, which also starred Amy Landecker as his wife Claire. Ben Shenkman ("Pi"), Omid Djalili ("The Infidel"), Duane Martin ("All of Us") and Andrew Daly ("MADtv") played Reiser's newfound acquaintances - husbands of Claire's friends and the fathers of the classmates of her and Reiser's children.
In March, Reiser said that he was perfectly happy living his life before NBC asked him to do a show.
"I didn't really want to leave the house, I was very comfortable," Reiser told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other media outlets in a phone interview. "Even within the house I didn't want to get up, I was very happy sitting down so I was really enjoying, you know, working at a leisurely pace on great projects and periodically something will come up and I'll go I don't know that I really want to do that."
"The Paul Reiser Show" aired on NBC's Thursday night line-up instead of "Perfect Couples," which has been pulled from NBC's schedule. The network has not announced a return date for the show, which stars Olivia Munn and debuted in January. "The Paul Reiser Show" will be replaced by repeats of "The Office" in Thursday's 8:30 p.m. timeslot.
Reiser, a comedian, played Paul Buchman on the show "Mad About You" alongside Helen Hunt between 1992 and 1999. He was nominated for an Emmy six times for his role. Before that, he and Greg Evigan starred on "My Two Dads" between 1987 and 1990.
In the last few years, he has starred in "The Thing About My Folks," a 2005 film that he also wrote, as well as several television movies. He also appeared as himself in the 2009 Adam Sandler film "Funny People," which depicted the life of a comedian.
Reiser himself seemed reluctant to return to television during the recent interview.
"I wasn't at all looking for it," Reiser said in March. "There was no design and this came about, to be honest, a very nice executive over at Warner Brothers called and said I want to sit down and talk to you about something and I didn't know what it was and then when I sat down he said we'd like you to develop something for you and we want you to be back on TV and I went 'why?'"