According to Vulture, ABC has officially cancelled Friday comedy Fresh Off the Boat after six seasons. The network reportedly notified the cast this week that the series won’t be extended beyond its 15-episode order, with episodes 14 and 15 serving as the series finale.
The news is a surprise less in content and more in timing, as networks rarely cancel veteran shows in the middle of November sweeps. But this way, ABC avoids controversy by allowing a show that’s been incredibly important for Asian representation the opportunity to conclude on its own terms. Fresh Off the Boat was the first broadcast comedy about an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s ill-fated All American Girl in 1994, with series stars Constance Wu and Randall Park earning acclaim for their performances.
Wu brought the normally innocuous show some major controversy earlier this year when she tweeted her displeasure in Fresh being renewed for its current sixth season. She later issued a statement clarifying her heat-of-the-moment comments, claiming that her anger toward the renewal was more frustration at not getting to do a play that she had her heart set on.
Fresh Off the Boat‘s cancellation comes shortly after ABC handed out six-episode extensions to fellow comedies American Housewife and Bless This Mess. Goldbergs spinoff Schooled is the lone ABC comedy yet to receive word on a possible back order.