‘Rel’ Canceled After One Season on Fox

Rel (Credit: Fox)

Lil Rel Howery’s self-titled sitcom Rel won’t be returning for a second season.

Fox officially canceled the series Wednesday after just one season.

The multi-camera comedy debuted in September 2018, and centered on a self-made Chicago man whose life was disrupted when he learned his wife was having an affair with his barber. The series was inspired by Lil Rel’s real-life.

Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones co-starred on the show.

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Following news of the sitcom’s cancellation, Lil Rel took to Instagram Wednesday evening to thank viewers for watching.

“I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show,” he wrote. “I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true.”

The comedian added, “I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends.”

Considering the show’s ratings, the cancellation wasn’t a complete surprise. It premiered with a solid 5.5 million viewers. But the numbers dropped over the season with the show averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and about 2 million viewers, Variety reported Wednesday.

In addition to starring on the series, Howery wrote, executive produced and co-created the show with Kevin Barnett.

Barnett died suddenly in January at age 32 while vacationing in Mexico. As Urban Hollywood 411 previously reported, his cause of death was later determined to be from pancreatitis.

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Other execs on the series included Josh Rabinowitz, who served as a writer and executive producer. Jerrod Carmichael also executive produced, and Mike Scully was showrunner.

Chicago native Lil Rel rose to prominence on NBC’s The Carmichael Show. He also had a breakout role as TSA officer Rod Williams in Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning thriller Get Out.

Rel wasn’t the only Fox series to meet its demise Wednesday. The network also canceled sci-fi Marvel drama The Gifted.

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