USA has announced that praised comedy Playing House has been cancelled after three seasons.
“USA Network and Universal Cable Productions want to thank Jessica, Lennon and the entire cast and crew of Playing House for being amazing partners for three incredible, hilarious seasons,” the network and studio said in a joint statement. “It was an honor and privilege to be part of this best friendship. Once a Jammer, always a Jammer.”
The journey for Playing House had been an unusual one, with six months separating the first season finale and second season renewal, season two episodes released a week early on demand, over a year separating the second season finale and third season renewal, and a third season burned off Fridays at 11:00. Through it all, the show maintained a small but passionate audience, pretty decent ratings despite unfavorable scheduling, and positive reviews, particularly for its third season cancer arc. Its cancellation leaves USA with one show fronted by a woman (Queen of the South) and one show with a female co-lead (Falling Water).
From Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham (BFF), Playing House told the story of Emma (St. Clair), who leaves her high-powered job to be there for longtime best friend Maggie (Parham) after her husband cheats on her while she’s pregnant. The two set about rebuilding their lives together while raising Maggie’s child and getting into misadventures.
With the cancellation of Playing House, USA is completely out of the comedy business; ironic considering they’re currently developing lighter dramas after years of trying to produce edgier and more buzzworthy content. The network’s scripted roster currently includes Queen of the South, Colony, and Falling Water.
The series finale of Playing House aired Friday, July 14th on USA. You can check out why KSiteTV thinks you should binge the show here.
— Lennon Parham (@lennonparham) October 30, 2017
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