In addition to the announcements of new shows for next season, news of various show cancellations is also coming out. Most of these are for things that were clearly already dead, or things that I didn’t really care about. But Freddie? They’ve cancelled Freddie?
I know it wasn’t a critical darling, and it didn’t advance the state of the sitcom art at all. So it always surprised me to have discovered that it was actually funny. That’s all the reason it needed for me. It surprised me with smiles. (Particular points go to the mother character, who got her laughs while speaking in subtitled Spanish.)
A couple years ago, this show probably would’ve survived, just changed networks. The WB and UPN showed a willingness to pick up shows that had aired on a bigger network and had featured some ethnic group that might not drive a big enough audience for the big guys, but could be key in building the audience for the smaller nets. But the the WB and UPN merging, they’re too busy saving their own shows.