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It's been a bad week for low-rated TV shows. While the major networks have been holding off on cancellations, cable networks and subscription streaming services have had no such reservations. This week, we've said goodbye to Marco Polo, Salem, and more and Amazon's Good Girls Revolt has started looking for a new home. Now, we've learned that TV Land has also decided to cut one of its originals from the line-up. The Michael Rosenbaum-led Impastor has officially been cancelled and will not be returning for Season 3.
It was Michael Rosenbaum himself who broke the news, taking to social media to thank everyone who worked on the series. Here's what he had to say:
Usually networks don't make formal announcements when shows are cancelled to the media, but once a decision is made, the cast and crew will be notified, as Michael Rosenbaum was. Impastor was never a huge ratings bringer on TV Land, but its first season did attract some notice and hovered around a million total live viewers. Unfortunately, in its second season those numbers were way down, and after the premiere, Impastor was hovering around the 300,000 viewer mark. Of course, it improved somewhat via DVR ratings, but even with the added numbers, we wouldn't call the show a rousing success.
Still, the timing has been quick. While some networks and streaming services wait months before they make a decision regarding whether or not a show will be returning, Impastor Season 2 just ended its run on TV Land last week. It also ended on a pretty hefty cliffhanger with Alexa revealing she'd been playing Buddy just like Buddy had been playing everyone on the series.
I've personally always felt that Impastor was a weird fit in its timeslot, airing after the light and likable Younger, which is extremely watchable. Maybe next year, TV Land will be able to find a better pairing for Younger, if that show should get renewed. (It has a couple of episodes left this season.)
The news is also coming just a few months after Jim Gaffigan decided to quit The Jim Gaffigan Show, effectively ending the series. This winter, TV Land has the returning comedy Teachers and newcomer Throwing Shade hitting the schedule. To find out what else is premiering in the coming months, check out our midseason TV premiere schedule.