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'Council of Dads' Star J August Richards Reveals Show Cancellation After Just One Season – What Happened?

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 27, 2020
08:30 A.M.

Fans of "Council of Dads" are in for a saddening surprise as actor J. August Richards revealed that the NBC network had canceled the show.


There are specific television series or movies that fans wish would go on, but due to some reasons known to the network owners, the shows get canceled.

Such is the case of NBC's series, "Council of Dads." Actor J. August Richards recently revealed that the network had canceled the series.

J. August Richards at the  Los Angeles premiere  of "Live From New York!" in  2015 | Photo: Getty Images

J. August Richards at the Los Angeles premiere of "Live From New York!" in 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Richards shared a gif of a kissing scene from the series and stated that it was a series wrap, which also meant the series was canceled. He thanked the show's writers, Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, for their willingness to give voice to the LGBTQ community.

He added that he wanted to thank them for telling the story of Oliver, Peter, and Tess Post-Richards. To the fans and viewers of the show, Richards said:


"I also want to thank YOU... I took a big risk, and you let me know you have my back... And, in truth, what more could a person ask for???"


He concluded the post saying that the last two episodes of the show were going to air on June 26, and July 3, 2020.

The series was NBC's last attempt to recreate "This Is Us." While some people accepted it, it was one of the network's lowest-rated drama series for the freshman season.

He cites that his experience in the series helped him come out.


The show is not the only series to be canceled by the network, other series such as "Bluff City Law," "Lincoln Rhyme," "Perfect Harmony," "Indebted," and "Sunnyside" were also dropped by the network.

Following Richards's post, fans and lovers of the series took to the comments section to share their thoughts and disappointment over the cancelation of the show. Someone said:

"What??? Canceled? The show is great. This is wrong and very sad to all your fans."


"Council of Dads," which premiered on March 24, follows the life of Scott Perry, an adorable father of five children. Following a health scare that caused an upheaval in his life, Scott decides to employ his friends' help as back up dads.

The series starred Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, and Michele Weaver, among others. For Richards, it holds a special place in his heart as he cites that his experience in the series helped him come out.

The cancelation of the show comes as a little surprise as it was not part of the network's possible Fall schedule of new and returning series.

With the cancelation of "Council of Dads" and other series, NBC has picked up new shows such as "Young Rock" and "Mr. Mayor," while series like "The Blacklist," "New Amsterdam," and "Good Girls" have been renewed for new seasons.

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