One of the most hyped series last upfronts season, Rise was given a post-This Is Us launch before settling into the Tuesdays at 9:00 slot. However, despite the push from the network and a seemingly good slot for a show about teenagers and musical theater, the series was never able to generate much in the way of buzz or ratings, heavily sinking from its Voice lead-in. There had been speculation that NBC could save it due to the support it had internally, but it was likely too expensive and didn’t have the ratings or critic push necessary.
From Jason Katims (Parenthood), Rise told the story of the Stanton High drama department as they’re given a serious makeover from English teacher Lou “Mr. Mazzu” Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor). The series followed the kids as they put together a performance of Spring Awakening and dealt with personal issues in their spare time.
In addition to Radnor, Rise starred Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump) and Auliʻi Cravalho (Moana).
The series finale of Rise is set to air Tuesday, May 15th at 9:00 on NBC.