The current third season of Nickelodeon sitcom Instant Mom will be its last. The network has informed the cast and the crew of the family comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict that the show won’t be renewed for a fourth season. Three seasons has been the longest a Nick at Nite original series has run, matched by the block’s first original comedy, See Dad Run, though Instant Mom produced more episodes, 65, to See Dad Run‘s 50. With Instant Mom going away and no originals in the immediate pipeline, Nick at Nite is putting its original scripted programming efforts on pause. It is unclear whether that move will be permanent as there had been projects in various stages of development.
There has been a programming shift since the Viacom restructuring earlier this year when TV Land was moved from the group overseen by Doug Herzog to Nickelodeon chief Cyma Zarghami’s kids and family group. While the first season of Instant Mom ran on Nick at Nite, the second on Nick at Nite and NickMom, the third season was moved to sister network TV Land, where it is currently airing, with the series finale slated for December.
“This schedule change is only specific to Instant Mom,” a Nick spokesperson said.
The scheduling decision is a bit surprising. While TV Land has a lot more original comedies than Nick at Nite, the vast majority of them are part of the network’s push into edgier, single-camera shows that would not be a good fit for a traditional multi-camera family sitcom like Instant Mom, designed to go well with such popular entries in the genre as Everybody Loves Raymond and George Lopez whose repeats run on Nick at Nite.
There has been a lot of cross-pollination between TV Land and Nick at Nite since the Viacom realignment, with TV Land original series like The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor getting reruns on Nick at Nite.
Instant Mom stars Mowry-Hardrict as Stephanie, a former party girl who becomes a full-time stepmom to three kids when she marries the more traditional Charlie (Michael Boatman). The series’ cast also includes Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sydney Park, Tylen Jacob Williams and Damarr Calhoun. Executive producing are Howard Michael Gould, Aaron Kaplan and Regina Hicks.
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