FX Networks confirmed earlier today that it will officially cancel the Jim Jefferies sitcom Legit. Despite attracting a modest initial following, the show performed poorly in the ratings when moved from FX to the all-comedy FXX network for its second season run. Fewer than 300,000 viewers tuned in for the second season premier on the smaller cable network, a big drop-off from season one's bow on FX.
Jefferies tweeted the news, expressing his disappointment in the network's decision: "Legit has been cancelled. Sorry to everyone who was a fan of the show, please watch tonight it's the final two episodes. I am very proud of the work that I did on this show and I made friends that ill have for life. So I'm going to try and not be sad about this."
Legit is about a comedian, “Jim” (played by Jefferies) and his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life. He is encouraged in his quest by his best friend “Steve” (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve’s disabled brother “Billy” (D.J. Qualls). The show earned some of its fiercest fans among the disabled community, which appreciated an honest and humorous portrayal of people with disabilities as real characters and not mere props.
Some fans are already speculating that the series might be saved by a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon. The first season of the raunchy sitcom is currently available to stream on Netflix, where viewers have rated Legit 4.2 stars, a better score than the 3.9 stars given to Netflix's original series Arrested Development.
Legit, which aired its 2-part second season finale earlier tonight, could be a good candidate for such a move. It would clearly benefit creatively from the freedom and lack of censorship that a partner like Netflix would provide.
Animated comedy Chozen, which aired its first season earlier this year, was also reportedly not picked up by the network. These cancellations come, in part, because FX Networks has a full slate of new programming in development. This includes a number of promising sitcoms developed by or starring big names like Billy Crystal, Tracy Morgan, and Denis Leary.