Deadline is reporting that CMT has opted to cancel Billy Ray Cyrus comedy Still the King after two seasons.
The move isn’t a surprise considering CMT moved the show to late-night during its second season. Additionally, the network is currently at the behest of Viacom’s ratings-fueled restructuring, which is focused on cordoning off scripted content only on certain networks and leaving the rest to go unscripted. With BET loading up on upcoming Tyler Perry originals and VH1 cast offs and Paramount Network set to launch in January, networks like VH1, MTV, and CMT are getting out of the original scripted business. Still the King‘s cancellation comes after the network announced that the upcoming sixth season of Nashville, its most watched series ever, would be its last.
From Travis Nicholson (Super Zeroes), Potsy Ponciroli (The Crazy Land), and Cyrus, Still the King told the story of Vernon Brown (Cyrus), a washed-up one hit wonder who becomes an Elvis impersonator 20 years after his mainstream heyday. Along the way, he reconnects with former one night stand Debbie Lynn (Joey Lauren Adams) and learns about the 15-year-old daughter he never knew about (Madison Iseman).
In addition to Cyrus, Adams, and Iseman, Still the King starred Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Leslie David Baker (The Office), and Kevin Farley (2gether: The Series).