'Zach Stone' is gonna be cancelled

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  • ‘Zach Stone’ is gonna be canceled

    MTV has cancelled Bo Burnham’s Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous after12 episodes. It was  first announced on Tuesday via Burnham’s Twitter account, with him stating “The final three episodes of Zach Stone will be airing this week.” MTV later confirmed that they were ending the series, which debuted on May 2. They released a statement to

    THR about the cancellation:

    “We are huge fans of Bo Burnham and the entire creative and talented team behind Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. After careful consideration of many factors, we have ultimately decided not to move forward with an additional season of the series. We wish Bo, the cast and the entire production crew the very best.”

    Zach Stone will air two of it’s final three episodes on Saturday. While it had 650,000 viewers when it launched, its numbers dwindled to less than half of that. MTV’s had problems keeping its comedies afloat, with The Inbetweeners, I Just Want My Pants Back and Death Valley all getting the ax after their first year.

    UPDATE: Bo Burnham has issued a lengthy statement about the cancellation.

    Though my initial reaction yesterday was disappointment, that feeling was fleeting and soon gave way to thankfulness—thankfulness for being able to have made 12 episodes of television in the first place and a greater thankfulness for having had the opportunity to share them with you. Your response has been amazing and so appreciated.

    Burham also stated that he loved the MTV viewers and his generation at whole and thanked them.

    I don’t have much interest in going into why I think the show didn’t get as many viewers as we would’ve hoped (promotion, re-runs, wouldacouldashoulda). I do, however, want to emphasize what, in my opinion, is NOT a reason for the show’s lack of viewership. I don’t think MTV’s audience is dumb. I don’t think young people in general are dumb or stupid or shallow. I love my generation. I really do. I believe that the “internet generation” (or “cyber generation” if you want to sound even lamer) is very misunderstood and underestimated. What many older people dismiss as my generation’s short attention spans, I see as young people hunger for density, demanding that every second of material that you give them is worthy of their time. This challenge, though daunting, is a good thing. It pushes art forward.

    The statement also revealed he hopes the show can live on in some form and has plans to release a new stand-up special later this year.


    Matt Kleinschmidt

    Bummer! I dig Bo Burnham and like his snarky attitude.

    […] When asked why he was releasing the new special, titled What. for free, Burnham stated, “I spent three years making this thing. I just kinda want people to see it. I’m not Louis C.K., who has a gigantic audience. I think there a lot of people who haven’t heard of me and a lot of people who may have heard of me earlier and not dug me stuff when I was 16 who might dig it now. I just wanted to be able to spread it to people to see it.” This will be Bo’s second hour special (following an EP and LP on Comedy Central Records) and was taped in San Francisco last month. Burnham has been a busy man of late with the release of a new book last week and short-lived TV show. […]

    What do you think?