Man Seeking Woman is now seeking condolences.
FXX has decided to end Simon Rich’s fantastical comedy after a three-season run, the network confirmed on Tuesday. Launched in early 2015, the series was well-received by critics but did not connect in the ratings, averaging only 367,000 viewers in season 3, which was just over a third of the audience from its lead-in, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Rich created the show by basing it on his short-story collection, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Mixing elements of the surreal with hard truths of romantic relationships — episodes featured everything from sex aliens to an ex’s boyfriend being an elderly Adolf Hitler —Man Seeking Woman featured Jay Baruchel as Josh, a well-meaning twentysomething schlub who palled around with his less uptight buddy Mike (Eric Andre) and struggled to fall in love. He finally found true romance with Lucy (Katie Findlay) — and married her in the season 3 finale, which aired on Mar. 8, and also included a wedding crasher in the form of a monster.
Last month in an A.V. Club interview, Rich spoke optimistically of the possibility of more episodes. “It is the end of one story for Josh and Lucy, but it’s also the beginning of a lot of other stories,” he said. “I’ve been married for a couple of years now, and although your wedding’s a pretty heavy experience and full of a lot of visceral moments, it’s not the last big thing that happens to a couple. There’s other stuff that comes up that, if anything, is even higher stakes… So I’m interested in exploring their lives a little bit more, as well as the lives of some of our other very compelling supporting characters. I think there’s a lot of fun to be had. And I think a lot more places to explore.”
Lorne Michaels (SNL) and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) were among the show’s executive producers.