EXCLUSIVE: The second CBS comedy series produced by Chuck Lorre United States of Al will not return for a third season. I hear the network made the calls to inform the auspices of the series tonight.
For two consecutive years, comedies produced by Chuck Lorre B Positive and United States of Al have been on the bubble. Last year, both were finally renewed. This time around, as Deadline reported last month, it was rumored that only one of the two could join Lorre’s. Young Sheldon and Bob Hearts Abishola on the 2022-23 calendar, with B Positive have an advantage. The light at United States of Alcancellation, B PositiveThe chances of renewal seem better.
Also staying on the bubble at CBS are dramas Magnum IPwho had been stuck in renewal conversations with studio lead Universal TV, freshman comedy How do we ride as well as freshman drama Good Sam, which does not look good.
The multi-camera United States of Al, starring Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young, comes from Lorre and creators David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari. It’s about the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al) (Kalyan), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has 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, whose pilot was filmed at the start of the pandemic, faced criticism over what were called stereotypical portrayals. At the start of Season 2, the sitcom was praised for the way it reflected the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
There are two episodes left of the series’ second season; the season 2 finale, which will now serve as the series finale, is scheduled for May 19.
It’s Lorre’s first comedy series to be canceled so quickly by CBS in 30 years, since his very first show as a creator, Frannie’s turn, which lasted one season.
Goetsch & Ferrari, Lorre, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi produced for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.