‘Uncoupled’: Showtime Not Going Forward With Comedy Series After Rescuing It From Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: Uncoupled is not getting saved after all. Showtime has decided not to proceed with Season 2 of the comedy series, from Emily in Paris creator Darren Star and Modern Family veteran Jeffrey Richman, Deadline has learned. A rep for the network could not be reached for comment.

The reversal comes a little over a year after Showtime stepped in to pick up the MTV Entertainment Studios-produced Uncoupled following its cancellation by Netflix after one season. Showtime’s creative team was to put the project into redevelopment to tailor it to the network’s sensibilities, and the decision not to do a second season came after months of work on that, sources said.

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Series star Neil Patrick Harris revealed in June that Season 2 was supposed to start filming in early July of last year but production was delayed due to the WGA strike.

According to sources, Uncoupled had been gearing up to start shooting Season 2 in May with the 10 scripts largely written. Star has been busy filming Season 4 of MTV Entertainment Studios’ popular Netflix comedy Emily In Paris, which also had been delayed by the strike.

At Showtime, Uncoupled was supposed to fit into one the three main content lanes outlined by Chris McCarthy, President & CEO, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks, “Metro Cultures”, which spans “culturally diverse takes” like established hits The L Word and The Chi and recent breakout limited series Fellow Travelers.

In Uncoupled, Harris stars as a gay man in his mid-40s navigating the single life in New York City after he was unceremoniously dumped by his partner of 17 years. The core cast also includes Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks and Marcia Gay Harden.

Star executive produces Uncoupled with Richman and Jax Media. At MTV Entertainment Studios, Star previously created and executive produced long-running cable hit Younger.

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