Thursday, September 21, 2023

Peacock Reverses Season 2 Renewal for 'Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin'

Peacock has today decided to cancel its original comedy series Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin after one season. The cancellation comes after the streamer previously renewed the comedy for a second season in January 2023.

The comedy starred Adam DeVine, Sarah Hyland, Jameela Jamil, Lera Abova and Flula Borg.

Megan Amram and Elizabeth Banks developed the comedy - a spinoff of the Pitch Perfect film franchise. They executive produced with DeVine, Max Handelman, Paul Brooks and Scott Neimeyer. Universal Television, Brownstone Productions and Gold Circle Films produced.

All six episodes of the comedy's first and now only season were released on November 23, 2022.

The streaming service cites the ongoing work stoppage from the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes for reversing the second season renewal. Pre-production had barely begun on the second season before the WGA strike began in early May 2023. As a result, a long delay would inevitably occur between seasons. The streamer previously said the comedy was a strong performer in viewership. However, executives currently believe it's unlikely audiences will return for a second season if it arrives years after the first season debuted - especially on Peacock with lower subscription numbers than its competitors.

Peacock's Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin joins two Amazon series - A League of Their Own and The Peripheral - in having their renewals reversed and the ongoing strikes being blamed. However, it's largely an example of studios and executives looking at their current properties and re-evaluating their brands at a time of significant changeover in the business model - with many issues needing to be addressed through negotiations with the unions.