NBC Cancels "Working the Engels" Comedy, Starring Tony Winner Andrea Martin

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21 Aug 2014

Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
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Deadline.com reports that NBC has canceled the half-hour comedy "Working the Engels," starring Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin) and produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment in partnership with Shaw Media.

NBC had previously entered a deal to co-produce 12 episodes of the half-hour comedy. Only five episodes were broadcast; viewership dropped from 2.7 million viewers for the show's premiere to 1.9 million for the last two broadcasts.

The remaining episodes will not be broadcast in the U.S.; NBC will air "Welcome To Sweden" in tonight's 9 PM hour.

"Working the Engels" marked the first time a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster had collaborated to produce a half-hour network comedy. Deadline.com also reports that it is unlikely that Canadian network Global TV will proceed with a second season of the new comedy.

The series, created and written by Katie Ford ("Miss Congeniality," "Desperate Housewives") and Jane Ford ("Listen Missy," "Material World"), "centers on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt," according to press notes. "The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna is the only one who is qualified to practice law."

Martin played Ceil, the overly confident family matriarch. She was joined by Kacey Rohl ("Hannibal"), Azura Skye ("American Horror Story") and Benjamin Arthur ("Less Than Kind").

Martin is also a Tony Award winner for her performance in My Favorite Year and was Tony-nominated for Candide, Oklahoma! and Young Frankenstein. She will return to her Tony-winning role in Pippin for a limited engagement in September.