Last Comic Standing 3 finale pulled, maybe; Jay Mohr didn’t want third season.

Last Comic Standing 3 finale pulled, maybe; Jay Mohr didn’t want third season.
The final episode of Last Comic Standing 3 is no longer on NBC’s schedule for Tuesday. One of the final four comics, Dave Mordal, John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden, or Rich Vos, will win and receive $250,000, but how that will occur is unclear. According to E! Online, “Even those associated with the show said they were in the dark as to how to exactly the final results would be disseminated.” Originally the show’s web site said “the results of viewing voting would be would be revealed Tuesday in the midst of back-to-back-to-back episodes of Father of the Pride,” but that message has been removed.

Adding to the confusion, Defamer reported late yesterday that “we’ve heard a rumor that LCS has just gotten a death row reprieve and has been un-canceled, though we don’t know if it’s supposed to play in its scheduled timeslot or another time.” Even spelling-impaired host Jay Mohr was surprised, writing on his blog,

Last Comic Standing is cancelled!!! This is shocking news to me too. I woke up on Wednesday morning and recieved the news. NBC was not happy with the rating of the show and decided to pull the plug. Keep in mind there is only one episode left and on that episode we were going to ANNOUNCE THE WINNER! Amazing. Why would a network cancel a show with only one episode left?

He also notes that he and the other producers thought a third season this fall “was a bad idea. We argued that having a seperate version of Last Comic so soon after season 2 concluded would burn the audience out and damage the franchise.” Although the second season of the show did well over the summer, last week it placed 74th with just 5.5 million viewers.

+ update: Confirming Defamer’s report, the AP says that “the season finale of the comedic reality show’s third installment is now being shot and will air.” However, there’s no date or time scheduled yet.

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