American Free Agents axed

Sitcom remake lasted just four weeks

The American version of Channel 4 sitcom Free Agents has been axed after just four weeks.

The NBC network has pulled the plug after this Wednesday’s episode attracted just 3.3million viewers – a big plunge from the 6.3million who tuned in for the series debut.

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn took the roles first played by Stephen Mangan and Sharon Horgan.

‘Thanks to NBC for giving us a shot, thanks to all who watched Free Agents and thanks to all who worked on the show,’ Azaria said on Twitter.

Before the show aired he had urged fans: ‘Okay it’s do or die time for my show Free Agents—we need eyeballs tonight at 8:30 on NBC!! Watch tonight or we may go away...’

British company Big Talk, which made the original, was one of the producers of the NBC version, too.

Here is the trailer for the US show:

Published: 7 Oct 2011

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