SuperStore was cancelled by NBC, with the last episodes of season 6 being broadcast in the spring of 2021 and being the last episodes of the comedy ever. The sitcom will end after 113 episodes, meaning there are only 11 episodes left before Cloud 9 closes its doors for good.
But why is Superstore cancelled?
Apparently the cancellation is due to how long the show has been aired and the loss of a key cast member.
While low ratings are often behind these decisions, Superstore’s ratings have been fairly consistent over the last few years. And even though the show has only half as many viewers as in season 1, it still reaches an average of two to three million viewers per episode.
However, it is obvious that the show is not gaining any new viewers at this time, and the show has already had more than 100 episodes – a goal that many network sitcoms are trying to achieve to make it suitable for sale to cable networks and syndicates.
However, the signs may already have been on the wall when lead star America Ferrera left the series earlier this year. After Ugly Betty’s former star Ugly Betty left her role of Amy, the show did not try to achieve the kind of office-like reshuffling that might have given the show a few more seasons.
Lisa Katz, NBCUniversal’s president for script content, said in a statement: “Superstore has always been a typical NBC series that has never failed to make us laugh and at the same time thoughtfully illuminate important issues that people care about. It was an amazing group of writers, producers, actors and crew that we worked with, and we are incredibly grateful for all their contributions. This show will forever retain its place among the top workplace comedies for which we have an esteemed history”.
How the Superstore cast reacted to the cancellation of the show
The executive producers of the show were the first to react to the end of the show. Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green said in a statement: “We are grateful to Universal Television and NBC for allowing us to do 113 episodes of a show we are so proud of and for giving us the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented group of actors, writers and crew.
“We are especially grateful to the viewers who have stood by us over the last six years (or discovered us somewhere along the way). We will do our best to go out strong and give you the satisfying ending you deserve.
Their response was followed by the actors’ reactions.
“Superstore will remain the most amazing show I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to work on until its last day,” Colton Dunn, who plays Garrett, told Twitter. “I am grateful for the cast and crew of amazingly talented and dedicated people. I’m grateful to the fans of the show. They are all incredible! Thanks for all the support! I am sure you are depressed now. I am disappointed in you. But cheer up at my home, we have a few more in us. Wow! SIX SEASONS!??! Good run, right? I love you all! Superstore forever!”
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Among the other reactions of the superstore cast:
Lauren Ash (Dina): “The Superstore was a dream every day. I have made lifelong friendships and helped create a show that I am more than proud of. I am incredibly sad that it is coming to an end, but I am also incredibly grateful for all that it has given me. [cloud emoji]9 forever.”
Nichole Sakura (Cheyenne): “Being part of a show that lasted so long was one of the most unexpected and formative experiences for me. I am so grateful to our creators, writers, the crew, my beloved actors and all of YOU who watched. It was an incredible chapter”.
Nico Santos (Mateo): “Superstore has changed my life in the most profound way. I have grown so much as an artist and as a person because I was surrounded by the most talented cast and crew you could hope for. We really are a family. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done, the stories we have told. All the joy and laughter (and some tears) we brought to you. Being part of a show that didn’t suppress my identity as a Filipino LGBTQ immigrant, but rather celebrated my identity as a Filipino, is something that will stay with me forever. Although I am very sad that this will be our last season, I look forward to what the next chapter will bring. Thank you for all the love and support you have given us. I hope you enjoy the rest of the season. I wish you a heavenly day….”
Superstore Season 6 returns to NBC on Thursday, January 14th.