The American remake of popular English comedy series The Inbetweeners can now be pretty much termed as a failure, as the show was confirmed to not be returning for a second season after the first run was tarnished with poor ratings and what is likely to be even poorer reception ‘across the pond’.
The cult sitcom format, which culminated its process of being reinvented with a premiere on MTV in August, has dropped a third of its viewership in its 12-episode run, going from a 910,000 audience in episode 1, to 660,000 for the season finale in early November. The lowpoint for the series came in episode 6, which attracted just 520,000 people.
Despite the problems, the 12-episode season is still expected to air at a later date on the original’s home of E4 in the UK region, although the critical opinion is not likely to be a good one judging from previous reactions to the trailer on YouTube.
An MTV spokesperson gave the series their polite dismissal publicly, stating: “While we won’t be moving forward with another season of The Inbetweeners, we enjoyed working with the show’s creators and such a talented, funny cast.”
Along with the poor ratings statistics, the dismissal of the show (which starred Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young in ‘Americanisations’ of the roles played by Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, and Blake Harrison respectively in the original) is thought to be partially down to the fact that previous MTV head of programming David Janollari has been replaced by Susanne Daniels.
Inbetweeners co-creator Iain Morris, who directed what turned out to be the final episode of the American version, had previously put his faith in the revitalised format, writing before the season premiere: “Brad, the showrunner, is a very funny man who has worked on Arrested Development and My Name Is Earl, two shows I love. [Co-creator] Damon [Beesley] and I didn’t have a lot to do with it because we wanted it to be different and American, and it is, I think in a positive way.”
While Morris and Beesley will now look to work on their rumoured American adaptation to The Inbetweeners Movie, along with a planned sequel to the original’s accompanying film, is the reputation of the franchise being put on the line again for a financial and creative risk, or will the cinematic moves pay off in the long run?