Five network shows launched for the 2014-2015 season have already been canceled.

 It was no surprise that “Utopia” was the first new series to get the ax. The idea of putting a group of strangers in a remote location and letting them build a society was neither original nor interesting. It was a joke.

And speaking of jokes, the other four canceled shows were comedies (or at least described themselves as comedies).

ABC ended “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” while NBC pulled the plug on “Bad Judge” and “A to Z.” Of the four, “Bad Judge” had the most potential but not enough to survive.

Other new comedies – “Jane the Virgin,” “The McCarthy’s,” “Cristela“ and “Marry Me” – have posted weak ratings. At least two more of them will get the ax. If there’s any justice, the anemic comedy “Marry Me” will be one of the two.

 But, the next comedy that looks to be headed for the scrap heap is the FOX program “Mulaney.” It hasn’t been able to attract an audience despite being nestled in the FOX Sunday night comedy lineup that includes “The Simpsons.”

Toss in that this is the last season of “Two and a Half Men” and “Parks and Recreation” and the networks have a real comedy problem.

A similar comedy drought occurred in the early ‘80s. Luckily, “The Cosby Show” came along to save the day. The networks need another “Cosby Show.”

Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley is a Star Wars fan, a movie critic and part-time ninja. He's met more famous people than most famous people.
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