EXCLUSIVE: The Run of the TBS Series Chad was shortened. The completed second season of the coming-of-age comedy created by and with Saturday night live Alum Nasim Pedrad as teenager Chad Amani will not be running on the network as announced.
The show, whose first season was well-received by critics and was ranked the #1 new scripted cable comedy series of 2021, is the latest TBS casualty of the WarnerMedia-Discovery merger. It joins the new comedy series starring Damon Wayans Kill the orange bear which won the bid a week before the start of production, and reality series The big Dwhich was scrapped weeks before its premiere.
Decisions are made as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and his team examine WarnerMedia’s assets, with a particular focus on linear TNets. At TBS sister TNT it was recently decided that the last remaining scripted series of the linear channel, snow plow, will end with the forthcoming fourth season as the networks pull out of the script business. The TNets are now part of Discovery’s Kathleen Finch portfolio, with GM Brett Weitz, who was a big supporter of GM Brett Weitz, the senior program managers of the channels under the previous regime Chadand head of unscripted Corie Henson, who recently quit.
“As we continue to evaluate content and implement a new strategy for our network, we are now able to share Season 2 of Chad will not air on TBS,” a rep for the network told Deadline. “We are proactively looking at different options to find the right home for it. We celebrate and thank Nasim Pedrad, the passionate creator, executive producer and star of the series, for telling a bold, unexpected coming-of-age story with heart and humor. We also thank executive producer Oly Obst, co-showrunner Max Searle and the entire cast and crew of Chad for their continued partnership and wish everyone continued success.”
While The big D was shelved as it is expected to be used as a corporate tax write-off, TBS’s statement indicated, the network’s new leadership has pledged support Chad‘s producers in the process of finding a new home for the show, where it could potentially go into a third season. If a buyer is found, he can also purchase the unaired second season Chad‘s first season I hear.
“I realize that the landscape of our industry is changing so rapidly,” Pedrad said in a statement to Deadline. “Did I expect my show to be caught in the crosshairs of a corporate reorganization and merger? no I’ve spent the last year making a television season that I’m really proud of. From the writing room to production to editing, a team of very talented and dedicated people came together to tell a story we believe in. A tough comedy portraying Middle Eastern characters from a place of empathy and humanity. i feel so lucky that Chad has an incredibly loyal fan base. I know they will love this season and I look forward to the show finding a new home.”
There were successful precedents – colleague comedy Cobra Kai was caught up in a change in programming strategy at YouTube, which also decided to back out of the original scripting. Cobra Kai had a completed third season at the time and garnered huge ratings for the first two seasons. With the cooperation of YouTube, the series studio Sony Pictures TV has found a new home Cobra Kai on Netflix, where the show was successful and is now entering its fifth season.
In addition to its strong ratings Chad, which premiered by SXSW, was acclaimed for its role in breaking racial stereotypes with an authentic depiction of the lives of immigrants and Middle Eastern Americans. for pedrad, Chad is a passion project she has been working on for almost a decade. The project moved to TBS and went into production there after being piloted on Fox six years ago.
After the series’ strong debut, TBS was renewed Chad a year ago for a second season. In February, the network announced an April 11 premiere date for season 2 and released a teaser (you can watch it below). Three days ahead of Season 2’s scheduled debut on April 8, WarnerMedia’s and Discovery’s merger was completed. Premiere plans were scrapped as TNets came under the microscope of the new regime. In May, TBS released a new promo announcing a new season 2 premiere date of July 11 (you can also watch it below).
Season 2 begins after summer break at the start of second year for newly elected class president Chad Amani (Pedrad). Chad has to deal with a scandal that will quickly end his presidency, has a surprising new love interest and gets a visit from his badass Iranian grandmother – all while continuing to worry about his popularity and discovering new ways of dealing with his Persian cultural roots.
Chad’s epic journey to self-fulfilment as a teenager hasn’t always been a straightforward one, but the support of his family and best friend Peter (Jake Ryan) keeps Chad on track and gives him the confidence to help him become who he always was wanted: the most American boy in the history of the world.
The second season cast also includes Paul Chahidi as Uncle Hamid; Saba Homayoon as Naz, Chad’s mother; Ella Mika as Chad’s sister Niki; Alexa Loo as Denise; and Thomas Barbusca as Reid, plus newcomer Sara Malal Rowe. Pedrad and Max Searle served as co-showrunners and executive producers along with Rob Rossell, who helped develop Chad, and 3 Arts’ Oly Fruit.