Comedy Central’s animated comedy series Moonbeam City was missing from the list of renewals the network announced yesterday, ahead of its upfront presentation. That is because Comedy Central has opted not to order a second season of the series, an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s.
Moonbeam City featured an all-star cast — Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara — and developed a cult following. But it struggled to attract a wide audience, with its first season, which aired in late 2015 behind Comedy Central’s juggernaut South Park, able to hold onto about 20% of its big lead-in. Moonbeam City also received mixed reviews from critics though it landed an Annie nomination.
There is no decision yet on another recent animated addition to Comedy Central’s lineup, sophomore TripTank, which still has 10 unaired episodes that have not been scheduled. But its future does not look very promising as the network continues to search for another animated hit to join South Park.
Created and executive produced by Scott Gairdner, executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Lowe, Moonbeam City followed undercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail.