“Florida Ladies is another excuse to search out the Pop community,” is how the New York Occasions headlined its glowing overview of the brand new Pop collection final July. That cause is not there.
In every week when Pop was hit by main layoffs, the ViacomCBS community additionally noticed its unique scripted slate gutted, with three of its 5 collection abruptly canceled, Florida Ladies, Flack and Greatest Intentions. All had beforehand ordered new seasons properly within the works.
Florida Ladies, from Lionsgate, three Arts Leisure and Jax Media, has already began manufacturing on its second season. Greatest Intentions, from A+E Studios, is 2 weeks away from begin of manufacturing on its first season. The Anna Paquin-starring British import Flack noticed its plug pulled 10 days earlier than the introduced March 13 premiere of Season 2, that includes new solid members Sam Neill and Daniel Dae Kim.
Pop TV Undergoes Layoffs Following Transfer To ViacomCBS Leisure & Youth Manufacturers Group
With Pop flagship Schitt’s Creek nearing its collection finale, that leaves just one unique scripted collection on the community, Season four of One Day at a Time, which Pop rescued after its cancellation by Netflix. There had been chatter that the praised reimagining of Norman Lear’s basic might transfer to new Pop sibling TV Land, however the multi-camera comedy will keep placed on Pop for the upcoming season, which can premiere March 24.
Pop’s sweeping downsizing in personnel and programming amidst ViacomCBS-wide post-merger cost-cutting raises questions concerning the community’s future throughout the new ViacomCBS ecosystem. Final month, Pop, the lone fundamental cable community owned by CBS Corp. pre-merger, was folded into the ViacomCBS Leisure & Youth Manufacturers Group, run by Chris McCarthy.
Pop TV panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, 30 Jan 2019
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Unique scripted programming is an more and more difficult proposition for ad-supported cable networks amid declining linear rankings, with most networks paring down their scripted portfolios. Whereas sources near Pop point out that the community intends to remain within the unique scripted enterprise with reveals constructed round ViacomCBS-owned IP, there may be hypothesis that Pop might comply with a slew of different fundamental cable networks which have pulled out of the sector. That features different nets from the ViacomCBS Leisure & Youth Manufacturers group, together with MTV, VH1 and CMT. TV Land is down to 1 unique scripted collection, veteran Youthful.
In a memo addressing the mass layoffs at Pop final Friday, Pop President Brad Schwartz famous that “I’ll proceed to run Pop and work alongside Chris as a part of the Leisure & Youth senior management staff throughout the manufacturers.” That’s encouraging information since he has been the architect — and champion — of Pop’s foray into scripted programming.
The sudden demise of Florida Ladies, Flack and Greatest Intentions, first reported by Selection, so late within the sport is making a logistical nightmare for his or her studios and distributors as they scramble to search out new houses for his or her reveals. For now, Florida Ladies, which has not too long ago began manufacturing, is constant filming Season 2, I hear.
In the meantime, ViacomCBS Leisure & Youth Manufacturers group is pulling its sources for the Schitt’s Creek sendoff. The April 7 collection finale will probably be simulcast on Pop, Comedy Central and Emblem.