Monday, June 25, 2018

Canceled Before They Began: The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd is a British television show that depicts the world of Information Technology in a bizarre light. We are introduced to this world by a regular career woman who embellished her resume a bit and ended up getting a position running a company’s IT help desk. The show often bordered on the bizarre, staying realistic enough to be relatable but still stepping across the border into occasional insanity. It eventually found a small but enthusiastic American fan base, which caught the attention of NBC. Having found success with its American version of The Office, NBC thought it could do the same with The IT Crowd. It excitedly announced in 2007 that the show would be on its Fall schedule, importing Richard Ayoad from the British version and featuring Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair and Rocky Carroll.

Don’t recognize this show? Don’t be alarmed; it never actually made it to NBC’s schedule. In a rare move, NBC quietly dropped the show before the new season began. It never addressed the show’s cancellation and acted as though it never existed. The network recently announced that the show was being developed again with a new cast, so some version of the show might finally see the light of day.