Peacock has reversed course and canceled its second season Pitch Perfect TV spin-off Bumper in Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The renewal was first announced in January, after the show’s six-episode first season debuted on November 23, 2022. At the time of the renewal, NBCU said Bumper in Berlin was the streamer’s best comedy series to date, but has not released viewership data.
The cancellation comes amid the twin WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes in Hollywood and marks yet another new series, joining Prime Video’s canceled second seasons The peripheral And Its own competition, to have the plug pulled out of the socket during a work stoppage. At the time, Its own competition co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson criticized Prime Video’s decision, writing that “it is nonsense and cowardly to blame this cancellation on the strike.”
When the WGA strike began on May 2, the comedy had not yet begun pre-production on season two, sources say THR, and is behind the planned timeline. Peacock and Prime Video’s renewal rollbacks follow similar decisions made by networks and platforms during the pandemic.
The WGA and the AMPTP returned to the negotiating table this past week, raising hopes that a fair deal can be struck and opening the door to a resolution to the labor dispute. The work stoppage, now in its fifth month, is approaching the guild’s previous record: the longest strike in history, which took place in 1988 and lasted 154 days.
Bumper in Berlin with star Pitch Perfect star Adam Devine in a reprisal for his film role as Bumper Allen, the first film’s main antagonist, the leader of Barden’s all-male a cappella group. Bumper became a supporting character in the 2015 film’s sequel.
The Peacock series followed Bumper as he tried to revive his music career in Germany after it became a hit in the Western European country.
The Universal TV series also starred Flula Borg, Sarah Hyland, Lera Abova and Jameela Jamil.
The right place‘s Megan Amram was showrunner and also served as executive producer Pitch perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Devine and more.