TBS has opted not to renew quirky comedy My Boys for a 5th season, making the fourth season finale which aired on Sunday in actuality the series finale. The show from Sony TV and creator Betsy Thomas never became a ratings hit but developed a devoted cult following. While the odds of it continuing were considered long, My Boys and its cast were showcased prominently at Turner’s upfront presentation in May, and TBS and TNT’s programming chief Michael Wright stressed back then that he would seriously consider picking up the comedy for another season if it did well in the ratings in Season 4. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The show’s fourth season has averaged 942,000 viewers in live+7, down 19% from season 3. In adults 18-49, it drew 635,000, down 23%. Also unfortunate is that, because of My Boys‘ summer run and uncertain future, its stars Jordana Spiro and Kyle Howard had to pull out of their newly picked up NBC series, Love Bites and Perfect Couples, respectively. UPDATE: Despite Love Bites‘ anthology style, don’t look for Spiro to return to the show full-time now that she is free. That role has been reconceived, a network source said. But the My Boys cutie will no doubt get a ton of other offers soon.
EXCLUSIVE: I hear Worst Week star Kyle Bornheimer is set to star in NBC’s new comedy series Perfect Couples. He is replacing Kyle Howard, who was cast in the pilot in second position to the TBS comedy series My Boys. Potential scheduling conflict in case the TBS show, whose new season premieres later this month, is renewed, prompted NBC to recast the role. The in-demand Bornheimer himself was cast in a pilot in second position earlier this year.