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Freeform’s Animated Comedy ‘Praise Petey’ Canceled

Freeform has run out of praise for Praise Petey.

The Disney-owned cable network has canceled the adult-leaning animated comedy fronted by Schitt’s Creek alum Annie Murphy after a single season.

Series creator Anna Drezen (Saturday Night Live) broke the news with a heartfelt post on social media, writing: “I have heard that making a non-IP show during covid that premieres during a double strike in the dead of summer was not ideal for viewership.” She notes that the show is still available to stream on Hulu “as of right now,” indicating that there could be plans for the show to be removed from the platform as Disney looks to cut costs by another $2 billion.

Freeform ordered the series, which was exec produced by animation kings Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, in December 2021 as head of originals Jamila Hunter planned to push the younger-skewing cable network into animation with the show as well as two other projects that were being developed in the space as Freeform became the syndicated home for repeats of Family Guy.

Since then, Freeeform has changed its leadership with ABC’s Simran Sethi adding oversight of the cable network where she previously cut her teeth under Karey Burke. Freeform has since canceled Single Drunk Female and The Watchful Eye. Of Freeform’s scripted originals, only three shows remain: the final season of Grown-ish, Good Trouble and Cruel Summer, the latter of which remains on the bubble.

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