NBC cancels “A to Z” and “Bad Judge”

A to Z Bad JudgeHalloween wasn’t very happy to two of NBC’s freshman sitcoms.

On Friday, the network announced that it will not produce any more episodes of the sitcoms Bad Judge and A to Z beyond their initial 13-episode commitments. Five episodes for both shows have aired so far this season.

Bad Judge stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a tough-as-nails judge serving on the Los Angeles County Circuit Court. When she’s not on the bench, she’s living on the edge, spending her time partying and displaying reckless behavior (hence the title).

The romantic comedy A to Z stars Ben Feldman (Drop Dead Diva) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) as two individuals who meet and fall in love while at an online internet dating company; Feldman works as an employee of the company and Milioti as a lawyer who walks in to personally file a complaint. The title, A to Z, represented the start of their relationship (A) to the eventual breakup (Z).

Bad Judge was panned by critics while A to Z received generally favorable reviews, but both didn’t stand a chance against ABC’s Scandal and CBS’s airing of Thursday Night Football. Both shows still lagged in the ratings with the premiere of CBS’s comedy block last Thursday, featuring the final season of Two and a Half Men and the series premiere of The McCarthys. The most recent episodes of Bad Judge and A to Z scored 0.9 and 0.7 in the 18-49 ratings demographic, respectively. There’s a possibility that the shows could be saved over the next 8 episodes, but the odds are unlikely.

Bad Judge and A to Z are the latest new shows to be axed this fall, following ABC’s Manhattan Love Story and FOX’s Mullaney.

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