Mitch Hurwitz’s Guide to Getting a Sitcom Cancelled


Mitch Hurwitz has become somewhat of a poster boy for good things getting cancelled. Despite Arrested Development lasting a comparatively-long three seasons, the show’s cancellation still causes comedy nerds to get all verklempt at its mere mention. And his most recent show, Running Wilde, only made it halfway through its first season. So he’s sort of an expert on how to get networks to give you the axe. Which is the focus of his new piece for the Guardian, conveniently enough.

If in your particular medium an audience is used to a simple plotline or maybe one or two stories, see if you can get eight in there, and find a way that they somehow intertwine. Also, it’s important that you have a lot of anxiety when they don’t intertwine, sufficient to deprive yourself of sleep so that you are miserable during the production of the show – but then upon completion of the show, you’re guaranteed to be miserable, because nobody will watch it.