ABC Cancels ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ Reboot With Tiffany Haddish

Kids Say The Darndest Things (Credit: ABC)

The show is over for Kids Say the Darndest Things.

ABC said Thursday the network has canceled the kid-friendly comedy hosted by Tiffany Haddish. Kids Say the Dardnest Things was a reboot of the original version starring Bill Cosby that ran on CBS from 1998 to 2000.

The reboot featured a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces that were played in front of a live studio audience, with kids offering their take to Haddish. The series debuted in October 2019 and lasted just one season.

According to industry website TV Series Finale, the Kids Say the Dardnest Things reboot averaged a 0.58 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, making it one of the lowest-rated non-scripted series for ABC’s 2019-2020 season.

The network also announced Thursday that it canceled Bless This Mess, Single Parents, Schooled, The Goldbergs and Emergence ahead of the 2020-21 season.

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Mixed-ish (Credit: ABC)
“Mixed-ish” was renewed for a second season. (Credit: ABC)

With that bad news, came good news that ABC has renewed 13 series for additional seasons. The renewals include eight scripted shows — Black-sh, American Housewife, Mixed-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, and Stumptown.

Among unscripted shows, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank, the updated Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and the newsmagazine 20/20 are all coming back.

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said the network’s top priority is to “ensure a safe return to production” after the coronavirus pandemic.

“At a time when we are physically apart and shared experiences matter more than ever, these shows will build on the strategy that has made us No. 1 this season — bringing people together, creating cultural moments and making content that entertains and inspires across generations and demographics,” Burke, who serves as ABC Entertainment president, said in a statement. “Our top priority now is to work with our studio partners to ensure a safe return to production so that we can build on the strong momentum of a winning lineup with measured bets on new series that will invigorate our air and continue to deliver the quality programming that our viewers have come to expect and love.”

ABC previously said Grey’s Anatomy, the spinoff Station 19, The Good Doctor, American Idol, and America’s Funniest Home Videos were all renewed.

The network has ordered several new series. Joining its 2020-2021 slate are Big Sky, a thriller from writer-producer David E. Kelley, the comedy Call Your Mother, and game show revival Supermarket Sweep hosted by SNL alum Leslie Jones.

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